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Newbery Honor-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author Carl Hiaasen--beloved for his modern classics like Hoot and Chomp--delivers a wildly entertaining novel involving snakes, grizzlies, a missing dad, a menacing drone, and more!

Some facts about Billy Dickens:
* He once saw a biker swerve across the road in order to run over a snake.
* Later, that motorcycle somehow ended up at the bottom of a canal.
* Billy isn't the type to let things go.

Some facts about Billy's family:
* They've lived in six different Florida towns because Billy's mom insists on getting a house near a bald eagle nest.
* Billy's dad left when he was four and is a total mystery.
* Billy has just found his dad's address--in Montana.

This summer, Billy will fly across the country, hike a mountain, float a river, dodge a grizzly bear, shoot down a spy drone, save a neighbor's cat, save an endangered panther, and then try to save his own father.

Carl Hiaasen tells a wickedly funny, slightly twisted tale about families, figuring out what's really important, and knowing when (and when not) to let things go.

Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published on September 25, 2018 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0385752997
ISBN-13: 9780385752992
12 Book Reviews
  • pastelea
    pasteleaover 1 year44 stars
    Billy Dickens is just a normal kid.He really likes snakes🐍(i am terrified of snakes)He catches them and puts them back.Once he scared the kids at school with a snake.He put a snake in his locker because people would go in it.He dosen't remember his dad.He finds out his dad works for the government.I think you guys should read it.
    • piggyfan
      piggyfanover 1 year55 stars
      Billy Dickens isn’t just a normal kid. He loves snakes so much . He catches them and then releases them back into the wild. Once he used his snake catching skills to scare the other kids at school. He put a snake in his locker because people used to mess with his stuff. But that’s not it. His parents got divorced when he was little. He doesn’t remember his dad so much. Then he travels to Minnesota where his dad apparently lives. When he’s there he finds out his dad now works for the government? If you think this book sounds good you should read it. Also this book has mild swears and some violence so I would rate it ages 10+ though if you are younger and think you can handle it go for it! I liked this book a lot because every chapter left off with a cliffhanger so if you like cliffhangers you should read this book.
      • loketoke
        loketokeabout 2 years55 stars
        “This Summer, Billy dickens will fly across the country, hike a mountain, float a river, dodge a grizzly bear, shoot down a spy drone, save a neighbour’s cat, save an endangered panther, and then try to save his own father.” As soon as I saw these words I knew this was the book for me. And I was right! I love Carl Hiaasen’s books, he is such a creative writer and I loved Billy, his sister Belinda, and his mom who was this weird obsession was eagles, and his dad who has this super dangerous catching poachers job and Little Thunder-sky, “Lil” for short, and lastly, my favourite, Summer. She’s Lil’s daughter and also Billy’s father’s daughter. You should definetely read this book!
        • queen_strong
          queen_strongabout 2 years55 stars
          I think that his book is great ! I love it!
          • stark3000
            stark3000about 2 years44 stars
            This book was amazing !! It was definitely my favorite that he's written . Carl Hiaasen has a great sense of wacked out humor and I love it !!! I highly recommend reading it . I would like to warn you , however , that there is a bit of mild language .
            • Will OConnoralmost 3 years
              Amazing book really enjoyed it
              • Will OConnoralmost 3 years
                Amazing book really enjoyed it
                • Huffypufover 3 years
                  Wow, this is an awesome book!
                  • Huffypufover 3 years
                    Wow, this is a super awesome book!
                    • freckleface04
                      freckleface04over 3 years55 stars
                      i think this book is very interesting it was very attention getting