Squirm (Paperback)

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Hiaasen is one of my favorite writers for kids and adults. His characters and plots are always funny, a little weird, and often environmentally charged. The main characters go after people who disregard and damage nature, using bold and sometime shady tactics. Hiaasen has been reporting on Florida development for decades, so the stories are usually set there. In this case, teenage Billy's mother loves eagles and moves the family to follow different nests. Meanwhile, his father left them for Montana and a new life with a wife and daughter from the Crow Nation. Dad is elusive, maybe has a secret government job, but Billy finds him. The rest is a race involving Billy's love of snakes, grizzly bears near Yellowstone, a Florida panther, and a rich guy trying to trophy hunt large endangered animals. Billy's family is brave and determined. Hiaasen's writing is smooth and natural, a fast, fun middle grade read!

— Tim McCarthy

Whether Hiaasen is writing for kids or adults, you can be certain you will find yourself laughing, there will be a good plot with both good and "bad" kids and adults, and there will be an environmental twist. It is such a treat to have an author you can rely on so consistently!

— Kay Wosewick


A wildly entertaining adventure involving snakes, grizzlies, a menacing drone, a missing father, and the kid determined to find him. In classic Hiaasen fashion, the animals here are wild, and the people are wilder!

Some facts about Billy Dickens:
  *  He once saw a biker swerve across the road in order to run over a snake.
  *  Later, that motorcycle somehow ended up at the bottom of a canal.
  *  Billy isn't the type to let things go.
Some facts about Billy's family:
  *  They've lived in six different Florida towns because Billy's mom insists on getting a house near a bald eagle nest.
  *  Billy's dad left when he was four and is a total mystery.
  *  Billy has just found his dad's address--in Montana.

This summer, Billy will fly across the country, hike a mountain, float a river, dodge a grizzly bear, shoot down a spy drone, save a neighbor's cat, save an endangered panther, and then try to save his own father.

"A fun romp that will keep readers hooked." —The New York Times

About the Author

CARL HIAASEN was born and raised in Florida. He writes a column for the Miami Herald and is the author of many bestselling novels including Bad Monkey, Razor Girl, and Squeeze Me

His books for younger readers include the Newbery Honor winner Hoot, as well as Flush, Scat, Squirm, and ChompSkink—No Surrender was Hiaasen's first book for teens and features one of his most iconic characters, the reclusive ex-governor of Florida now known as Skink. 

You can read more about Hiaasen's work at carlhiaasen.com.

Praise For…

"A fun romp that will keep readers hooked." —The New York Times

"Humorous, self-deprecating narration and convoluted exploits will keep pages turning till the satisfying close." —Kirkus Reviews

"Hiaasen’s latest is richly steeped in the natural world and all the peril it contains, from rattlers to grizzlies. Still, what may be most satisfying for readers are the personal connections Billy makes, whether it’s getting to know his new stepsister or making peace with his dad." —Booklist

"Hiaasen’s ecological passion shows no sign of abatement, and neither does his faith in kid resourcefulness and family resilience." —Bulletin

"An entertaining, pulse-pounding story."— The Horn Book Magazine

"Terrific characters and ingenious, fast-paced storytelling." —The Atlanta Journal Constitution

"Hilarious, heartfelt and delightfully surprising." —The Times Herald

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593177679
ISBN-10: 0593177673
Publisher: Yearling
Publication Date: March 10th, 2020
Pages: 304
Language: English