Monday, September 8, 2014

Flush by Carl Hiaasen

Yes, I read it in 2 days. :)  It's actually a good story.  Here's my beef with it, the audience is young adult.  It is in elementary libraries, because it's a 5th grade level book, and I wouldn't recommend to any ages below 5th grade simply because there is some questionable material in it.  A pet peeve of mine is putting cuss words in YA literature and movies.  You know your audience is kids and the bad language isn't even needed, so why include it?  This book is a good story with a great message behind it - however, if reading it with your child, get ready to come across b*stard and other cuss words, topics such as strippers, casinos, bachelor parties, divorce and more...good times! :)

Bestselling novelist Carl Hiaasen is back with another hysterical mystery adventure for young readers, set in the Florida Keys.

You know it's going to be a rough summer when you spend Father's Day visiting your dad in the local lockup.

Noah's dad is sure that the owner of the Coral Queen casino boat is flushing raw sewage into the harbor–which has made taking a dip at the local beach like swimming in a toilet. He can't prove it though, and so he decides that sinking the boat will make an effective statement. Right. The boat is pumped out and back in business within days and Noah's dad is stuck in the clink.

Now Noah is determined to succeed where his dad failed. He will prove that the Coral Queen is dumping illegally . . . somehow. His allies may not add up to much–his sister Abbey, an unreformed childhood biter; Lice Peeking, a greedy sot with poor hygiene; Shelly, a bartender and a woman scorned; and a mysterious pirate–but Noah's got a plan to flush this crook out into the open. A plan that should sink the crooked little casino, once and for all.

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