Wahoo Cray lives in a zoo. His father is an animal wrangler, so he's grown up with all manner of gators, snakes, parrots, rats, monkeys, and snappers in his backyard. The critters, he can handle. His father is the unpredictable one.
When his dad takes a job with a reality TV show called "Expedition Survival" , Wahoo figures he'll have to do a bit of wrangling himself to keep his dad from killing Derek Badger, the show's inept and egotistical star, before the shoot is over. But the job keeps getting more complicated. Derek Badger foolishly believes his own PR and insists on using wild animals for his stunts. And Wahoo's acquired a shadow named Tuna a girl who's sporting a shiner courtesy of "her" father and needs a place to hide out.
They've only been on location in the Everglades for a day before Derek gets bitten by a bat and goes missing in a storm. Search parties head out and promptly get lost themselves. And then Tuna's dad shows up with a gun . . .
It's anyone's guess who will "actually" survive "Expedition Survival." . . .
About the Author
Carl Hiaasen (b. 1953) is the "New York Times "bestselling and award-winning author of more than twenty adult and young adult novels and nonfiction titles, including the novels "Strip Tease "(1993) and "Skinny Dip "(2004), as well as the mystery-thrillers "Powder Burn "(1981), "Trap Line" (1982), and "A Death in China "(1984), which were cowritten with fellow "Miami Herald "journalist Bill Montalbano (1941 1998). Hiaasen is best known for his satirical writing and dark humor, much of which is directed at various social and political issues in his home state of Florida. He is an award-winning columnist for the "Miami Herald", and lives in Vero Beach.
Starred Review, School Library Journal, March 1, 2012:
“Mystery, action, humor, and exotic animals and settings, all tied together by a writer with an exceptional grasp of language, makes this a sure hit with any mystery-loving readers.”
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2011:
“Hiaasen’s best for a young audience since Newbery Honor Hoot (2002) features a shy, deep-feeling protagonist who’s also a pragmatist and plenty of nature info and age-appropriate cultural commentary…. Humorous adventure tales just don’t get any more wacked…or fun to read than this.”