Monday, 19 October 2009

In last Saturday’s Guardian, I reviewed Scat, Carl Hiaassen’s latest book for children.
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal condemned Hiaasen for polluting young minds with ecological propaganda. In Scat, he even points his readers towards Edward Abbey's classic novel of eco-terrorism, The Monkey Wrench Gang. (I'd be fascinated to know if any of them actually read it; Scat's teenage protagonist does track down a copy, but falls asleep after a few pages.) Whatever your political alignment, you'll find nothing dreary or didactic about Hiaasen's writing; Scat is a funny and furiously fast-moving novel populated by engaging characters and fuelled by a strong sense of moral outrage.
You can read the full review here.

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