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Squirm

By: Carl Hiaasen
Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
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Publisher's Summary

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)

©2018 Carl Hiaasen (P)2018 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"Humorous, self-deprecating narration and convoluted exploits will keep pages turning till the satisfying close." (Kirkus Reviews)

"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." (Booklist)

"Hiaasen’s ecological passion shows no sign of abatement, and neither does his faith in kid resourcefulness and family resilience." (Bulletin)

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Great kids book

This was a great book for kids 8+. Was a disappointment for those who like Carl Hiassens books about The exgovernor. This book is definitely geared for a much younger audience. We hope he will write more of the hilarious exgovernor and his exploits

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Fun story . . . Reader needs research

Not the best book of Hisasen but I Still enjoyed it a lot. His characters are wacky and, somehow at the same time, true to life. And, as usual, there is an environmental theme that makes a point, even in the midst of the fun.

As someone who grew up within 50 miles of Immokalee, FL I was troubled by the mispronouncing of the town. (The “o” is short, not long, as the reader said it). While most people might not know or care, Florida readers would. That’s the kind of thing I’d think he would look up.

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If you're ultra sensitive, politically correct, hate your fellow human beings, believe that rich people are evil, if you think Texas is evil and full of big meanies, if you want to listen to more white guilt and shaming, this book is for you. The narrators performance is very good.

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Did I miss that this was a children's book?

This is not your typical Hiaasen read. Nothing edgy or intriguing about it. In fact, it appears to be targeting middle school readers. Nothing wrong with that, just not at all what I was expecting.

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Was not what I expected

This book was not what I expected from a Hiaasen book. But I’m guessing this was one he wrote as a teen novel.

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This book was not as engaging or fun as previous books I've listened to. It was difficult to stay with it.

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Not a book I recommend

Why is funny to have a boy following his fathers example of lying to family members, use bullying tactics against bullies, using parents credit cards behind their back their backs and completely hide a large estate of millions of dollars. Oh yes and the two women blissfully forgive all as does the older intelligent daughter-after all the dad lost his parents when he was younger. No. This a really poor book.

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Clearly for younger readers

Readers hoping for another adult novel like Strip Tease, Stormy Weather, Lucky You, or Sick Puppy will be disappointed by Squirm This book is clearly intended for tweeners and young adolescent readers, as evidenced by thirteen/fourteen-year-old Billy Dickens sayiing expletive instead using the curse words that might offend some parents and school personnel. Billy will appeal to many young readers who have experienced school bullying and divorced parents. He stands up for himself and others; of course, some of his bravado is pretty implausible. Younger readers will also admire the way he uses his wiles to outwit a number of adults.

Billy's mother exhibits some of Hiaasen's prototypical wackiness, basing here choice of homes on where she can see eagles. Some of the other characters Billy encounters are similarly eccentric .Hiaasen includes some historical background about both Florida and Montana. He also provides some insights into the effects of poaching endangered species. His pro-environmentalist feelings are fairly obvious.

As a retired middle school reading teacher, I was familiar with some of Hiaasen's other books for young readers such as the award winning Hoot. Thus, I knew what to expect. Perhaps the publisher's summary or Audible's promotional material should have made clear the intended audience, so as not to disappoint those expecting more mature fare.

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Mailed it in

Hiaasen’s books are usually so entertaining and full of humor and intrigue . This one is formulaic and simply not very interesting. Sorry, really wanted to love it. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen but never found it:(

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Another Bomb

I pre ordered this with much anticipation. However, my husband and I could not even get half way through this book. The story line moves so slow, that it is hard to stay focused. We kept wanting to say move it along for lord's sake! Again, the boring narration was enough to lull me to sleep. I will be returning this one.

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  • stevi
  • 03-28-19

CH simply the best writer.

Never been the slightest bit interested in the young uns books, but CH is such a wonderful writer that I can read his. Yes I prefer his adult books & own everyone as he is my favourite author. He is miles ahead of anyone else, wish he could write one a year!

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  • k doc
  • 03-26-19

Not my favourite Hiaasen

If you are not already a Hiassen fan i would skip this for one of his earlier books. I think this would be my least favourite.

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  • 10-10-18

The master does it again!

Great story, wonderful characterisation and of course Hiasson's special brand of karma!
Loved the reader's soft melodic tones, the only small detraction was annoying 'explitif' overdubbing. (Audible - can you please put language warning on cover instead, leaving the book as written?)

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  • Benjamin
  • 10-03-18

For young adults only

I'm a massive Carl Hiaasen fan, and if you are too, you can skip this one. For any 10-14 year olds wanting some adventure, it's spot on! But if you are after his usual fare, this is not it at all.