Monday, March 30, 2009

Scat by Carl Hiaasen

Nick and Marta have the meanest science teacher in school. When Mrs. Starch catches Duane "Smoke" Scrod not paying attention she assigns him a 500 word essay about pimples. While pointing at him with her pencil, Duane bites off the end of it, chews it up and swallows it down. He also tells Mrs. Starch he will get her. The next day Smoke is absent from the class field trip to a swamp. Everyone must evacuate the swamp quickly when a wildfire starts but Mrs. Starch goes back to get an inhaler a student dropped and she never returns from the swamp. Fire investigators discover that the fire was actually arson and soon they are asking questions of every student in school about what happened between Mrs. Starch and Smoke and everyone is wondering how Duane got his nickname in the first place. Nick and Marta get pulled deeper into the mystery when they go to Mrs. Starch's house to investigate and find out that there is a great deal more to this story than anyone knows.

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