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From Newbery Honoree Carl Hiaasen comes this New York Times bestseller set in Florida's Everglades in which an eccentric eco-avenger, a stuffed rat named Chelsea, a wannabe Texas oilman, a singing substitute teacher, and a ticked-off panther can’t stop two kids on a mission to find their missing teacher!

Bunny Starch, the most feared biology teacher ever, is missing. She disappeared after a school field trip to Black Vine Swamp. And, to be honest, the kids in her class are relieved.

But when the principal tries to tell the students that Mrs. Starch has been called away on a "family emergency," Nick and Marta just don't buy it. No, they figure the class delinquent, Smoke, has something to do with her disappearance.

And he does! But not in the way they think. There's a lot more going on in Black Vine Swamp than any one player in this twisted tale can see. It’s all about to hit the fan, and when it does, the bad guys better scat.

“Ingenious . . . Scat won’t disappoint Hiaasenphiles of any age.” —The New York Times

“Woohoo! It’s time for another trip to Florida—screwy, gorgeous Florida, with its swamps and scammers and strange creatures (two- and four-legged). Our guide, of course, is Carl Hiaasen.” —DenverPost.com
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published on January 27, 2009 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
49 Book Reviews
  • Antonalmost 6 years
    I think I like this book
    • Antonalmost 6 years
      This book cute
      • oviyaabout 6 years
        good
        • neoncat
          neoncatover 6 years33 stars
          It was entertaining. This book is about two kids who have to look for their missing teacher in the Florida Everglades. It changes point of view a few times and there's a lot of hidden clues, so make sure you pay attention.
          • whovian111
            whovian111over 6 years55 stars
            Very good book. If you liked the other books by carl hiaasen, specifically hoot, flush, and chomp, you'll love this one.
            • cheybaby13
              cheybaby13over 6 years
              this book is good it tell you about every thing it is a good book for kids and teens and parents tooo so good luck reading it.
              • cburke
                cburkealmost 7 years55 starsFeatured
                The name of my book is Scat by Carl Hiaasen. The story is based around a group of characters that all have their own secrets behind a mysterious fire that broke out in the woods while a school was on the field trip. A teacher goes missing while trying to find a little girls inhaler and hasn't been seen in days. Detectives find evidence of arson, and all eyes are wandering. A mysterious arson, a missing teacher, a juvenile student, and a greedy business company all have their secrets that have yet to come out. Two students, Nick and Marta, are the only ones who have the curiosity to piece it together. With them only being in seventh grade, it is hard to convince anyone. All the people in town are turning against each other, yet a culprit is hiding right under their noses. This book is truly amazing. It not only represents mystery well, but it's relatable dialogue and characters add onto the realistic fiction. The clues are given ever so subtly, and connections are cleverly imputed. It switches off between characters, almost telling different stories every other chapter. This gives you different background knowledge and curiosity involving every character as a suspect, instead of having a seemingly one sided story. I believe that this genre is realistic fiction because all the events that happen in it could happen in real life, but the characters are fiction. There is no sort of fake elements to the book, which makes it relatable and realistic. The characters are made up by the author, but the events are based around true life events. The characters are fiction, but the plot is far from fake. A school teacher disappearing, and the students trying to solve it, are things that can happen in real life and have most likely happened. People who would enjoy this book are fans of mystery. The book is based around a mysterious event, but it has a lot more to offer than just that. It has relatable characters, interesting dialogue, and most of the things that make realistic fiction great. Audiences who love relating to characters and plots that involve clues given ever so subtly are going to be more than impressed by what Scat has to offer. An example of an internal conflict would be with one of the characters Duane, or Smoke. He struggles to find his true self throughout the book, as people try to tell him who he should be. This internal struggle is shown throughout the story, as it comes up often. His grandmother wants him to be a gentleman, while his father isn't a big fan of that. Since Smoke lives alone with his father, he hasn't ever had the chance to find out who he truly is without someone telling him. This is an internal conflict because it is man v.s man, meaning he is against himself throughout the story. Although there are no external conflicts, the book is interesting in many different areas. Scat is a book that creates a relatable connection between the reader and the characters. Whether it is the struggle of being at home, being at school, or feeling alone, Scat has all the different types of struggles that readers from different backgrounds can enjoy.
                • holldoll
                  holldollalmost 7 years33 stars
                  The book I read was Scat, by Carl Hiaason. This book is about a teacher that goes missing. One of the kids at the school is blamed for committing the crime of starting a fire at a swamp, which the teacher had to go back into to get an inhaler one of the students dropped. The teacher never came out of the swamp. Read the book to find out what happens! My opinion of this book is an ok book, because at some points it was extremely hard to understand what's happening. This book is realistic fiction because things like this happen all the time, like people going missing. This is not a true story, but it could be. The audience that would read this book would be 7th and 8th graders because this book was hard to understand for me. This book would be good for older grades and not really recommended for elementary. An internal conflict is for Nick, because he is struggling with his dad. In the book his dad loses his arm, so Nick tapes his behind his back. There isn't really an external conflict in this book, because no one is really vs-ing each other. I would give this book a 6/10.
                  • ijzhang
                    ijzhangabout 7 years55 stars
                    Scat is a great book. It's about how a boy and a girl, Nick and Marta, are trying to solve a mystery about their biology teacher going missing in a field trip at the swamp. Everyone suspects a kid called Smoke had something to do with their teacher's disappearance. Later, Nick and Marta realize that he does, but not in the way that they think. Determined to solve the mystery, they investigate more and are pulled into an adventure at the swamp including an oilman, a man who camps in the swamp, and a panther. It's a really exciting mystery book, and I enjoyed it.
                    • soccergirl00
                      soccergirl00over 7 years44 stars
                      It was pretty good overall. I enjoyed it a lot.