Chomp

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 290 pages
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Wahoo Cray lives in a zoo. His father is an animal wrangler, so he's grown up with all manner of gators, snakes, parrots, rats, monkeys, snappers, and more in his backyard. The critters he can handle. His father is the unpredictable one.

When his dad takes a job with a reality TV show called "Expedition Survival!", Wahoo figures he'll have to do a bit of wrangling himself—to keep his dad from killing Derek Badger, the show's boneheaded star, before the shoot is over. But the job keeps getting more complicated. Derek Badger seems to actually believe his PR and insists on using wild animals for his stunts. And Wahoo's acquired a shadow named Tuna—a girl who's sporting a shiner courtesy of her old man and needs a place to hide out.

They've only been on location in the Everglades for a day before Derek gets bitten by a bat and goes missing in a storm. Search parties head out and promptly get lost themselves. And then Tuna's dad shows up with a gun . . .

It's anyone's guess who will actually survive "Expedition Survival". . . .
  

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Love Hiaasen's writing. - Goodreads
His poor judgment and huge ego puts everyone in danger. - Goodreads
Hiassen is the king of the satisfying ending. - Goodreads
I loved the premise and the execution of Chomp. - Goodreads
It had great details and a good plot. - Goodreads
Clever, witty, and a parody of so many reality shows. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Chana Billet - Goodreads

Carl Hiaasen doesn't disappoint in his latest young adult novel. Full of lovable characters, a compelling plot, passion for Florida's ecosystem, and loads of humor, Hiaasen has his literary formula ... Read full review

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User Review  - Stacey - Goodreads

A bit slow paced, and it seems we learn more information and become focused more on secondary characters rather than the main characters. The story also turns very dark for a middle school book and entirely consumes the story for the latter half of it. Not a bad read though. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
18
Section 4
29
Section 5
37
Section 6
49
Section 7
58
Section 8
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Section 15
161
Section 16
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Section 17
182
Section 18
191
Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
225
Section 22
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
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About the author (2012)

CARL HIAASEN has been writing about Florida since his father gave him a typewriter at age six. Then it was hunt-and-peck stories about neighborhood kickball and softball games. Now Hiaasen writes a column for the Miami Herald and is the author of many bestselling novels, including Nature Girl and Star Island.

Hoot, Hiaasen's first novel for young readers, was the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Newbery Honor. And Flush, his second book for kids, spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list.