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By Carl Hiaasen

This Newbery Honor-winning, hilarious Floridian experience includes new young children, bullies, alligators, eco-warriors, pancakes, pint-sized owls, and extra. A New York Times bestseller!

Everybody loves mom Paula’s pancakes. every body, that's, other than the colony of lovely yet endangered owls that live to tell the tale the development web site of the recent eating place. Can the awkward new child and his feral good friend prank the pancake humans out of city? Or is the owls’ destiny cemented in pancake batter?

“A awesome travel de-force.” —The Boston Globe
“A rollicking, righteous story.” —The Miami Herald
“Yes, it is a hoot.”—The Washington Post

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Roy had solemnly given his observe. After they’d sneaked out of the automobile junkyard, Beatrice Leep had given Roy a peanut-butter cookie, which he devoured hungrily. contemplating the conditions, it used to be the best-tasting cookie he’d ever eaten. Beatrice had requested how he deliberate to provide an explanation for his whereabouts to his father and mother, and Roy had admitted he hadn’t figured that half out but. Then Beatrice had played an staggering feat—she’d lifted his bicycle by way of the sprockets and chomped a gap within the rear tire, like she was once biting right into a pizza. Roy may merely gape in amazement. the woman had jaws like a wolverine. “There! Now you’ve received a flat,” she’d stated, “and a midway first rate excuse for lacking dinner. ” “Thanks. i suppose. ” “So what’re you watching for? Get outta right here. ” What a peculiar relations, Roy concept. He used to be replaying the tire-biting scene in his brain whilst he heard the policeman say, “Can I ask you whatever, younger guy? ” “Sure. ” “You visit hint heart, correct? i used to be pondering if you’ve heard any speak in class approximately stuff that’s been taking place out the place the recent pancake home is purported to pass up. ” “No,” Roy stated, “but I observed a piece of writing within the newspaper. ” The officer shifted uneasily. “About the alligators,” Roy extra, “and the police vehicle getting spray-painted. ” The officer paused for a short coughing spell. Then he acknowledged, “You convinced nobody’s been conversing approximately it? occasionally the children who pull those forms of pranks prefer to brag on themselves. ” Roy acknowledged he hadn’t heard a note. “This is my street,” he stated, pointing. “We’re the 6th residence at the left. ” The policeman wheeled into the Eberhardts’ driveway and braked to a cease. “Roy, may I ask you a want? may you name me when you do pay attention something—anything, even a rumor—about the mummy Paula’s state of affairs? It’s vitally important. ” The officer passed Roy a broadcast card. “That’s the workplace line, and that’s my mobile. ” Above the telephone numbers, the cardboard stated: OFFICER DAVID DELINKO Patrol department COCONUT COVE PUBLIC defense division “You can name me anytime,” recommended Officer Delinko. “Just preserve your eyes and your ears open, ok? ” “Right,” Roy stated, now not too eagerly. The policeman used to be asking him to be an informant: a snitch on his personal classmates. It gave the look of a steep cost to pay for a trip domestic. now not that Roy wasn’t appreciative, yet he didn’t consider like he owed the officer whatever along with a honest thank-you. Wasn’t it a part of a policeman’s activity to aid humans? Roy acquired out of the auto and waved to his mom and dad, who have been status at the entrance steps. Officer Delinko got rid of Roy’s bicycle from the trunk and set it upright, on its kickstand. “There you go,” he stated. “Thanks,” stated Roy. “They’ll patch that tire for you on the Exxon. was once it a nail that bought you? ” “Something like that. ” Roy’s father got here up and thanked the policeman for bringing his son domestic. Roy overheard the 2 males replacing law-enforcement chitchat, so Roy figured his father had informed the officer he labored for the Justice division. whilst Mr. Eberhardt went to place Roy’s bicycle within the storage, Officer Delinko decreased his voice and acknowledged, “Hey, younger guy.

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