Scat Book Review (2024)

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

  • Positive Messages

    some

    A strong message about protecting endangered species.

  • Positive Role Models

    a lot

    Nick is a wonderful model of empathy, a trait that comes into play in all of the various plot strands. Although there is a cartoonish villain, he's such a bit player compared with all of the strong, decent, complex characters, children and adults, that he's hardly noticed.

  • Violence & Scariness

    some

    A man is hit by an RPG and loses his right arm while another is killed, a boy bites off and eats a teacher's pinky, a woman is shot in the leg, a man is trampled by a horse, a man chokes another man, and a boy breaks his arm.

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  • Language

    very little

    "Ass," "dumbass," and "smartass."

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  • Products & Purchases

    some

    Food and drink brands, sneakers, software, antacids, pet food.

  • Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

    a little

    Adults smoke, drink, and get drunk.

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  • Parents Need to Know

    Parents need to know that Carl Hiassen's Scat is a mystery that involves protecting endangered Florida panthers. There's some violence, though it mostly happens offstage, including a father who loses an arm to an RPG in Iraq. Also: a boy bites off and eats a teacher's pinky, a woman's shot in the leg, a man's trampled by a horse, a man chokes another man, and a boy breaks his arm.

What's the Story?

Nick's strict biology teacher angers a semi-delinquent student named Smoke by humiliating him in front of the class. The next day, after a class trip to the swamp that ends when a brush fire mysteriously flares up, she disappears. Smoke, who's been known to set fires, is the prime suspect, but when the police go to arrest him, he takes off and disappears too. Meanwhile, a shady oil company plans secret drilling in protected land, and a rare, endangered panther is sighted in the swamp. Somehow, all these events are connected.

Talk to Your Kids About ...

  • Families can talk about protecting endangered animals. Do the characters in Scat go too far? How far would you be willing to go?

  • How does Scat compare with other Carl Hiassen books?

  • Kids may want to learn more about Florida panthers. See what you can find out on the Internet.

Scat Book Review (2024)

FAQs

What is the main idea of the book scat? ›

Brief summary

Scat by Carl Hiaasen is a thrilling mystery novel set in the Florida Everglades. It follows the story of two middle school students who uncover a sinister plot while on a field trip, and work to save the endangered panthers from danger.

What is the main problem in scat? ›

When their biology teacher, Mrs. Bunny Starch, disappears, the two students are drawn into a conflict between a ruthless oil company and an informal band of environmentalists bent on protecting the breeding grounds of an endangered Florida panther and her cub. The novel opens in Mrs. Starch's class.

What reading level is scat? ›

Product information
Publisher‎Knopf Books for Young Readers; First Edition (January 27, 2009)
ISBN-13‎978-0375834868
Reading age‎9 - 12 years, from customers
Lexile measure‎810L
Grade level5 - 6
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How long does it take to read scat? ›

The average reader will spend 6 hours and 24 minutes reading this book at 250 WPM (words per minute). How long will it take you? To find your reading speed you can take one of our WPM tests.

What happens in Scat? ›

Scat, Hiaasen's third young adult novel, tells the story of a missing teacher named Mrs. Bunny Starch, and how two of her students, Nick Waters and Marta Gonzalez, stumble across an illegal operation by the Diamond Energy corporation on protected land for panthers while trying to find her.

What are the themes of Scat? ›

The Fragile Environment

The plot focuses on illegal oil drilling in the Florida Everglades, a unique subtropical ecosystem supporting many rare and endangered species. Among these is the Florida panther, a species of big cat on the brink of extinction, one of the nation's most endangered animals.

What happened at the end of Scat? ›

As the narrative ends, Mrs. Starch returns to the school, and the students appreciate her. Nick, Marta, and Smoke are heroes for reuniting the panthers. Nick's father now has a prosthetic right arm.

What happened in chapter 18 of Scat? ›

Chapter 18 Summary

Twilly Spree gets back into the Prius, where Nick and Marta are hiding in the backseat. Nick demands that Twilly take them to see Mrs. Starch. On the drive, Nick talks about Edward Abbey, whose books he has come to cherish; both Nick and Marta ask about who set the fire and what happened to Mrs.

Why did Mrs. Starch go back into the swamp when the wildfire was burning? ›

Starch goes into the swamp alone to probably look for something - maybe an inhaler. I predict that she'll get lost in the swamp and Nick and Marta will try and find her. Mrs. Starch has not been found since she went into the swamp.

What age is scat for? ›

The Child SCAT5 is a standardized tool for evaluating injured children for concussion and can be used in children aged from 5 to 12 years. For older persons aged 13 years and over, please use the SCAT5.

What is scat? ›

noun (1) : animal fecal droppings. For many animals, particularly predatory ones, scat is a calling card that marks territory and leaves information. Terri Schlichenmeyer. scat.

What are the reading IQ reading levels? ›

ReadingIQ is a comprehensive digital library, offering a full literacy experience for kids ages 2 - 12.. The program offers families more than 1,000 books for all reading levels to help kids love to read.

Is Wuthering Heights difficult to read? ›

Summarizing the plot of Wuthering Heights is very difficult and intricate. So much so that when I tried with Stefano he raised the white flag. Be patient, if you feel confusion it is normal, you just have to read the book.

How long would it take to read 80,000 words? ›

The average reader will read 80,000 words in 4.4 hours when reading at a speed of 300 words per minute (wpm). Typical documents that are 80,000 words or more include full-length novels. You may read faster or slower than this depending on your average reading speed.

How many words are in 1984? ›

1984, by George Orwell, 89,000 words, 24 chapters, average chapter length 3,700. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon, 216,000 words. 75 chapters, average chapter length 2,880 words. (Book is also divided into 7 parts.)

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