CARL HIAASEN has been writing about Florida since his father gave him a typewriter at age six. Then it was hunt-and-peck stories about neighborhood kickball and softball games. Now Hiaasen writes a column for theMiami Herald and is the author of many bestselling novels, including Nature Girl andStar Island.
Hoot, Hiaasen's first novel for young readers, was the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Newbery Honor. AndFlush, his second book for kids, spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list.