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 always insists on getting a house near a bald eagle nest. * Billy's older sister is dating a jerk. It's a mystery. * Billy's dad left when he was four, and Billy knows almost nothing about him. * 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....
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Billy's environmental vigilante tendencies go into high gear when he finds his father, who left the family many years prior. The book set in Florida and Montana has great characters, but it wasn't as much of a page-turner for me as some. Admittedly, after Skink No Surrender my expectations may have been overreaching.
I try to read every Carl Hiaasen book that I can find, both children's and adult. A coworker who knows I'm a big fan passed this book on to me. All opinions are my own.
The main character, Billy, lives with his mother and older sister in Florida and tend to move around a lot. Mom likes to watch bald eagles in their nest and when that nest is destroyed, Mom goes looking for another, moving the family in the process. Billy doesn't know his dad who left when Billy was very young. Billy is not your t ...more
Probably the best of Hiaasen’s children’s books. Whereas the other books still feel like adult Hiaasen books with the protagonists switched with children, this one was more child-oriented throughout without losing Hiaasen’s signature style. No profanity, no adult situations, an audience-appropriate take on a serious subject (illegal poaching)—definitely a solid choice to recommend to upper grade schoolers and older students needing hi-lo material.
I really liked this book because of all of the adventure and suspense. I really liked Billy as a character because of his bravery. I also liked how he would stick up for people all the time. This was a really good book that I recomend to people who like action and adventure.
Carl Hiaasen's juvenile books are never as whacked-out as those he writes for adults. Still, he manages to get a pro-environment and anti-development message into all of his books, as well as his love of Florida.
This time, Billy Dickens is a middle school kid who likes snakes, sticks up for downtrodden classmates and has absolutely no relationship to his long-estranged father. That all changes when he discovers his father's address and embarks on an adventure that involves bears, snakes and dro ...more
Very much enjoyed this YA book. Carl Hiaasen has a unique style and overall his storylines involve issues I believe in also. His families are quirky but that's part of the appeal. Kids like reading about families that aren't perfect but they still manage to cope with life.
4.5. Funny. Sweet. All about families. Great characters. Lots of plot twists. Hard to put down ❤
Billy Dickens is my new favorite young character of Hiaasen’s. Billy is brave and not afraid to serve justice on bullies old and young. If you would hurt an animal, watch out! Squirm does not disappoint!