After four long years, Carl Hiaasen is back!
4th Grade and Up
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 isnt the type to let things go.
Some facts about Billys family:
* Theyve lived in six different Florida towns because Billys mom insists on getting a house near a bald eagle nest.
* Billys dad left when he was four and is a total mystery.
* Billy has just found his dads 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 neighbors cat, save an endangered panther, and then try to save his own father.
Presenting the one and only Carl Hiaasen story that takes place outside of Florida. Im glad I read I Survived the Attack of the Grizzles, 1967, before reading this book. It was nice to already be familiar with the Montana environment. Dont worry. A good portion of the story still takes place in Florida.
You spend the first third of the story thinking the worst of Billys dad. I mean, what kind of guy leaves his family and doesnt get in contact with them for almost ten years? Trust me, youre not going to be able to guess what the dads been up to. Youll have to read the book to find out. Before and even after I found out what the dad was doing, I still thought Billys mom was the one with the problem. She repeatedly uproots her family to live near a bald eagle nest. The reason behind this obsession is never explained.
I really enjoyed Billys character. Hes the kind of guy who doesnt stand by when someone hurts an animal or a person. He acts. We need more people like that in the world.
If you have a fear of snakes, I suggest not reading this book because Billy uses them throughout the story to make a point. If you are not afraid of snakes, heres a picture of one wearing a sweater:
This weeks Weird but True Fact about Snakes
Diamondback rattlesnakes can strike in about half the time it takes you to blink.