Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen - 290 pages; 6 hrs., 13 min.

Wahoo Cray's family business is animal wrangling.  Their Florida backyard menagerie includes alligators, snakes, monkeys, raccoons, snapping turtles, and more.  But NO iguanas ever since a rare freeze turned one into a frozen projectile that gave Wahoo's dad a serious head injury.

Since his dad has been unable to work the family can't pay their bills.  This forces his mom to (reluctantly) take a temporary teaching job in China to help out.

Now that school is out for summer, Wahoo's dad can accept a lucrative "reality" tv show job using Wahoo as his assistant.  But the star of the show, Derek Badger, is phony and arrogant--two things Wahoo's dad cannot tolerate.  Between taking care of the animals and acting as a buffer between his dad and the tv crew Wahoo has his hands full.  And then a classmate shows up with a black eye from her father!

The book is well written with plenty of heroics and just deserts.  I think most older elementary and middle school students would thoroughly enjoy it.

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