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By Carl Hiaasen

From Newbery Honoree Carl Hiaasen comes this New York Times bestseller set in Florida's Everglades during which an eccentric eco-avenger, a filled rat named Chelsea, a wannabe Texas oilman, a making a song alternative instructor, and a ticked-off panther can’t cease youngsters on a undertaking to discover their lacking teacher!
 
Bunny Starch, the main feared biology instructor ever, is lacking. She disappeared after a faculty box journey to Black Vine Swamp. And, to be sincere, the children in her category are relieved.
 
but if the important attempts to inform the scholars that Mrs. Starch has been known as away on a "family emergency," Nick and Marta simply do not buy it. No, they determine the category antisocial, Smoke, has anything to do along with her disappearance.
 
And he does! yet now not within the means they believe. there is a lot extra occurring in Black Vine Swamp than anyone participant during this twisted story can see. It’s all approximately to hit the fan, and while it does, the undesirable men larger scat. 
 
“Ingenious . . . Scat won’t disappoint Hiaasenphiles of any age.” —The ny Times
 
“Woohoo! It’s time for one more journey to Florida—screwy, lovely Florida, with its swamps and scammers and weird creatures (two- and four-legged). Our advisor, in fact, is Carl Hiaasen.” —DenverPost.com

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I’m in contrast to every person else,” Drake McBride whined. “I attempted to provide ’em a few money to allow me cross first, yet they obtained all snotty and mad. …” Jimmy Lee Bayliss used to be blissful he’d overlooked that scene. “You can’t bribe a nurse. Hospitals don’t paintings that means. ” “It wasn’t a bribe. It used to be a tip. ” Drake McBride paused to vomit in a plastic bedpan. taking a look up, he acknowledged, “Do me a desire, pardner. exit to the barn and shoot that no-good nag for me, might you? prior to he cripples someone, particularly yours really. ” “Yes, sir,” stated Jimmy Lee Bayliss, who had no purpose of harming Drake McBride’s horse. As on so much Saturdays, the health center emergency room bustled. between these within the ready sector with Drake McBride have been a middle-aged girl who’d crashed her moped right into a mailbox, an older gentleman who’d been beaned via his doubles companion in the course of a tennis fit, and a surly younger burglar (handcuffed to his chair) who’d been bitten by means of a police puppy in a truly delicate quarter of his physique. “That shot made me dizzy,” acknowledged Drake McBride. “And my head’s nonetheless killin’ me. ” although his boss used to be groggy and in soreness, Jimmy Lee Bayliss made up our minds to head forward and inform him. “Sir, I’ve received excellent news and undesirable news,” he acknowledged. Drake McBride groaned. “Lemme clarify somethin’: If you’ve acquired undesirable information, then there ain’t no attainable excellent news. The undesirable continuously cancels out the great. ” Jimmy Lee Bayliss diminished his voice. “They’re gonna cost that pyro child with doing the fireplace in part 22,” he stated to Drake McBride. “That potential we’re within the transparent. ” “Okay, what else? Don’t carry again simply ’cause I’m sittin’ the following with, like, 9 fractured ribs and a huge mind harm. ” Jimmy Lee Bayliss informed him first approximately Melton. “That bozo received ambushed back. This time they spray-painted him blaze orange from head to toe and tied him to the hood of his truck. ” “Buck nekked, comparable as prior to? ” Drake McBride requested weakly. “Yes, sir. ” “Was it a pink Diamond corporation truck? ” “Lucky it was once me who came across him and never a few outsider,” Jimmy Lee Bayliss stated. “Otherwise it could’ve made the newspapers or perhaps Fox TV—a bare orange man in the midst of a swamp. ” Drake McBride nodded somberly. “Yeah, that’s a winner. thank you for ruinin’ my day, which was once already ruined beautiful undesirable by way of that silly horse. ” Jimmy Lee Bayliss wasn’t accomplished. “Whoever did it, they took front axle off the pickup. ” “The corporation pickup. ” “Yes, sir. ” “I have to lie down. ” Drake McBride slid off the chair and sprawled at the ground. the opposite sufferers, sitting with their kinfolk, overlooked him. “There’s more,” Jimmy Lee Bayliss acknowledged. “A video game warden referred to as me this morning on the vehicle wash. That’s the place I took Melton to clean off his paint task. ” Drake McBride groaned. “State or federal video game warden? ” “The feds. A flora and fauna agent, he known as himself. ” “Oh, don’t inform me. ” “Yeah, he acquired a document of a wild panther close to our rent. He desires to pop out and money round once attainable. ” Drake McBride raised up. “So what’s the matter? You informed me the cat used to be long past. You stated the gunshots did the trick.

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