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Come See Carl Hiaasen – Today at BookPeople!

Some people are surprised to learn that Carl Hiaasen writes books for kids. Others, like me, didn’t realize he wrote books for grown-ups! Whichever of his books you’ve read, you’ve gotta come out and meet the author of some of our favorite books: Hoot, Flush, and the brand-new Scat!

I’m reading Scat right now, and I’m incredibly impressed with Hiaasen’s latest. Like his other middle grade novels, it’s a mystery with an environmental edge. It takes place in Florida, with our protagonists Nick and Marta suspecting that their missing teacher is more missing than the authorities think. Sure, she has a message on her answering machine saying she’s out of town. But bad boy Smoke did threaten her in class the other day, and even though she’s a total weirdo, Mrs. Starch has only ever missed one day of school, and that was when she was in a car wreck. She came back the very next day.

Covering the mystery from several angles – the headmaster, the bad boy’s family, the local police, and a suspicious oil company all have their say – Scat is filled with the twists and turns that make a mystery worth reading. Every time I think I’ve got it figured out, I’m surprised to learn something new. And Hiaasen’s style is smooth, witty, and engaging. As a kids’ book, Scat is entertaining, fun, and terribly hard to put down. But don’t be surprised if you see a few adults leafing through this book as well – Scat is written with a certain sophistication that makes it fun for all ages.

Whether or not you’ve read the new book, you’ve gotta come out to BookKids this Saturday! Carl will sign any and all of your books, as long as you pick up a copy of Scat at BookPeople. The event starts at 7pm, and I’ll be there – so should you!

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E. Kristin Anderson grew up in Westbrook, Maine and is a graduate of Connecticut College. She has a fancy diploma that says “B.A. in Classics,” which makes her sound smart but has not helped her get any jobs in Ancient Rome. Once upon a time she worked for The New Yorker magazine, but she soon packed her bags and moved to Texas. Currently living in Austin, Texas, Kristin is an online editor at Hunger Mountain and a contributing editor at Found Poetry Review. Kristin is the co-editor of the DEAR TEEN ME anthology (Zest Books, 2012), based on the website of the same name. As a poet she has been published worldwide in many literary journals from the UK’s Fuselit, to Cordite in Australia to the US’ Post Road and the Cimarron Review. Recently she’s graced the pages of Asimov’s Science Fiction, and she has work forthcoming in teen magazine Cicada. Kristin is the author of two chapbooks of poetry: A GUIDE FOR THE PRACTICAL ABDUCTEE (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014) and A JAB OF DEEP URGENCY (Finishing Line Press, 2014). She hand-wrote her first trunk book at sixteen. It was about the band Hanson and may or may not still be in a notebook at her parents’ house. She blogs at EKristinAnderson.com.

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