A review by The Girl (age 12)
OPERATION ROYAL FLUSH
When his attempt to stop the Coral Queen from dumping illegally is scuttled along with the boat, Noah’s dad is in the slammer before you can say “eco-crime.” But the casino boat is back in business within days, pumping gallons of raw sewage into the waters of the Florida Keys and gradually turning the ocean into a toilet bowl. Only Noah knows what’s going on, and it’s up to him to catch the culprit in the act.
The fiendish flusher has already bamboozled the press, the prosecutors, and even the coast guard — so the odds aren’t good. But Noah has an ace up his sleeve: a plan that’s crazy enough to work. And with the help of Lice Peeking, a half-soused ex-mate of the Coral Queen; Shelly, a big-hearted bartender with even bigger biceps; and his little sister, Abbey, an unreformed childhood biter, he just might stand a chance at flushing the truth into the open and clearing his dad’s name. (publisher’s summary)
Carl Hiaasen is one of my favorite authors, and Flush is one of my favorite books. I liked Hoot, but I liked the plot of Flush more. Towards the end of the book, I couldn’t put it down because of the action, suspense, and answers.
One of my favorite quotes is:
“No, Abbey, you need to stay here in case he shows up for the boat.” More important, I didn’t want her to see Lice Peeking passed out drunk in that smelly trailer, if that’s where he was.
“If you’re not back in an hour,” my sister said, “I’m either telling Mom or calling the cops.”
“Whatever,” I said. One was just as bad as the other. (page 68)
I thought this quote was kind of funny because I think telling his mom would be better then calling the cops.
The plan to stop the Coral Queen was interesting, and the suspense killed me when I had to go to bed after finishing a good chapter. There was humor and environmental stuff mixed in with action. Noah is an interesting character because he tries to help his father stop the Coral Queen even though his father got arrested for trying to stop it the first time.
Flush is one of my favorite books because Hiaasen’s writing is smooth and flows well. He lets you get to know the characters pretty well, and he gets you thinking about issues that kids (and adults) should be aware of. I think you should read this if you’re up for a quick, interesting book.
Disclosure: Flush is from The Girl’s personal library.
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