I faciliated the first book club meeting of the year with seventh and eighth graders. We discussed Carl Hiaasen's book entitled Hoot. This was Hiaasen's first book for younger readers, and it won a Newbery Honor in 2003.
I have read a Hiaasen novel (or two?) before, and really enjoyed this book. I was worried that it would be too young for my junior high students; however, it was the perfect age to read this novel. It deals with being an outsider, bullying, social justice, and other issues. The book discussion with the junior high students was great! They loved the book!
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