If I hadn't known that Flush was aimed at younger readers, I would have read the book just as happily as an adult reader who enjoys rooting for heroic youngsters who straighten out their elders. The book has the trademark Hiaasen humor, concern about the environment, an ability to turn a plot upside down on a dime, and reverence for what makes youngsters laugh. It's great fun!
The main difference between Mr. Hiaasen's "adult" books and this one shows up in his gentle way of describing everything. He's much harsher in the adult books, but I think the gentle style is actually more appealing. As a result, I heartily recommend this book for young readers "of all ages."
The book opens with a "glug" as Noah Carmichael visits his dad in the local jail on Father's Day. No, Noah's dad didn't get drunk: He got even by sinking a floating casino that he believes has been dumping its sewage into the water. There's just one little problem: Noah's dad has no proof. His dad has a heart of gold, but he acts a little impulsively sometimes (how about all the time?).
As a point of principle, Noah's dad decides to stay in jail. This creates certain tensions in the family as Noah's mom is overhead to mention the "d" word that no youngster wants to hear parents use.
Eventually, a fully calmed down dad arrives home . . . and swears off tackling Dusty Muleman and his casino while agreeing to pay damages and take anger management classes. At that point, Noah and his sister Abbey decide that they will have to get to the bottom of the toilet bowl. In the best tradition of Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher, the youngsters hatch up and execute a hilarious scheme to catch Dusty "red-handed" with dyed evidence that tracks back to the casino boat.
In between the various comings and goings of the heroes and villains, Noah and Abbey find themselves fighting off Dusty's bully son and his henchman. Abbey's sharp teeth are more than a match for the two. When a mysterious stranger shows up, the Carmichaels become invincible.
Before the book ends, there's an unexpected adventure that shows just why you need to be prepared for whatever comes you way.
The book's ending nicely resolves all the plot conflicts and deals justice as poetically as it should be dealt. You'll be cheering after many close calls where the authorities seem to be siding with the wrong people.
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am 11. März 2007
Anyone who has read anything by Carl Hiaasen will love and appreciate this book! Written for young adults this can be read by anyone of any age and still be fun!
The whole fun, wit and energy you find in any of this authors books is also here but just toned down and made shorter for the younger audience it appeals to.
A worthwhile read that will make you laugh out loud.
am 12. September 2013
Der Leser kann getrost vergessen, dass es eigentlich ein Jugendbuch ist. Es ist trotzdem ein echter Hiaasen: eine spannende und lustige Geschichte, in der immer verrückte Typen vorkommen, die letztlich gar nicht so verrückt sind, weil sie für Wahrheit, Ehrlichkeit und jedenfalls Natur kämpfen, wenn auch manchmal mit etwas ungewöhnlichen Mitteln. Wer Hiaasens Bücher mag, sollte auch unbedingt Robert Demonts "Der Degen" lesen.