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Carl Hiaasen

Book - 2018

Billy Dickens discovers that his mysterious father lives in Montana, so this summer Billy will fly across the country, hike a mountain, float a river, dodge a grizzly bear, shoot down a spy drone, and save his own father.

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Subjects
Genres
Humorous fiction
Mystery fiction
Published
New York : Alfred A. Knopf [2018]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
276 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780385752978
0385752989
9780385752985
0385752970
Main Author
Carl Hiaasen (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Billy Dickens isn't your typical tween—unless your typical tween has a thing for rattlesnakes. His dad's been out of the picture for as long as he can remember, but when Billy gets ahold of his address—Montana, not far from Yellowstone—the savvy, brave oddball flies out there solo to track him down. What he finds instead is his stepsister, Summer Chasing-Hawks, and his dad's new wife, Little Thunder Sky, aka Lil, both Crow Indians. Unfortunately, his dad's not so easy to track down. As the story spans from Montana to Florida and back, Billy continues to find and lose his father, who's in a bit of a wild goose chase himself, hunting down rich-boy poacher Lincoln Chumley Baxter. As always, Hiaasen's latest is richly steeped in the natural world and all the peril it contains, from rattlers to grizzlies. Still, what may be most satisfying for readers are the personal connections Billy makes, whether it's getting to know his new stepsister or making peace with his dad. Hiaasen's fan base will relish his latest tale. Grades 5-8. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

The focus of the latest eco-adventure by Hiaasen (Chomp) is not an endangered animal but an elusive one: Billy Dickens's absent father. When Billy was three or four, his dad disappeared, though support checks still arrive monthly. Billy's mother, a bird lover, moves him and his older sister every few years so she can live within 15 minutes of an active eagle's nest. She's an otherwise responsible party, but she aggravates Billy in one other way: she refuses to share information about his father's whereabouts. Billy pieces together his dad's address in Montana after fishing bits of an envelope from the trash, and he uses his mother's credit card to book a flight there from Florida. (Mature beyond his years, he leaves a check from his own savings to cover airfare.) In Livingston, Billy meets his father's new wife and his stepsister, both members of the Crow Nation, and becomes embroiled in his father's well-intentioned but dangerous attempts to protect wildlife from trophy hunters. Billy is an admirable kid with deeply improbable snake-handling abilities, and the story never quite fulfills the promise of singularity offered in the opening scene, wherein Billy keeps people out of his school locker by placing an Eastern diamondback there. Ages 8–12. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM. (Sept.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Discovering the address of the father who left when he was only four, Billy is forced to move repeatedly with his activist mother before embarking on a summer of unconventional travel and animal rescue. By the Newbery Honor-winning author of Hoot. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Billy Dickens discovers that his mysterious father lives in Montana, so this summer Billy will fly across the country, hike a mountain, float a river, dodge a grizzly bear, shoot down a spy drone, and save his own father.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A wildly entertaining adventure involving snakes, grizzlies, a menacing drone, a missing father, and the kid determined to find him. In classic Hiaasen fashion, the animals here are wild, and the people are wilder! Some facts about Billy Dickens:   *  He once saw a biker swerve across the road in order to run over a snake.   *  Later, that motorcycle somehow ended up at the bottom of a canal.   *  Billy isn't the type to let things go. Some facts about Billy's family:   *  They've lived in six different Florida towns because Billy's mom insists on getting a house near a bald eagle nest.   *  Billy's dad left when he was four and is a total mystery.   *  Billy has just found his dad's address--in Montana. This summer, Billy will fly across the country, hike a mountain, float a river, dodge a grizzly bear, shoot down a spy drone, save a neighbor's cat, save an endangered panther, and then try to save his own father. "A fun romp that will keep readers hooked." —The New York Times