Friday, January 22, 2010
Carl Hiassen has a gift for crafting unsavory characters that are somehow likable. For example, Lice Peeking (again with the names!) is a terrible boyfriend to Shelley, but a character that the reader really loves. Noah's father is a criminal with an insane temper, but everyone ends up rooting for him. I love it when an author can flip your expectations so thoroughly.
Flush is my favorite of Hiassen’s books for younger readers, which include Hoot and Scat. The Key West setting is close enough to The Bahamas to excite my students, and the marine waste issue is close to our hearts. It ties in well with science class and the only reason I don’t teach it anymore is that I have moved on to more of a workshop model in my classes. I highly recommend Flush.
Posted by Miss K at 6:08 AM