Serve up a little raw sewage, some quirky characters, and a fast paced plot and you have the entertaining environmental mystery Flush. Carl Hiaasen, the environmentalist king, is the author of this wacky comedy novel which follows the adventures of siblings Noah and Abbey as they try to prove that a gambling ship is illegally dumping human waste off the coast of Florida, polluting the water and making the beach unsafe for swimmers.
Paine Underwood, Noah’s and Abbey’s father, passionate efforts to stop the disgusting dumping lands him in jail for sinking the Coral Queen. The mother who doesn’t share her husbands over the top enthusiasm fast loses her patience. When Abbey over hears her mention the D-word (divorce) during a phone conversation the two set out to validate the allegations of illegal dumping to vindicate their dad and to clean up the beach.
Flush’s suspenseful and amusing situations keep a young reader’s attention and teaches the moral obligation to protect the environment. This book is a great way to grab kids’ interests in helping to save the environment and to participate in Earth Day.
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Subject: Humorous Stories
Age Level: 9-12