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By Barbara Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Zany adventure in the Florida Everglades spoofs reality TV.

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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

If you liked hoot ....

You will probably like chomp. My 10 year old is a challenged reader who is about two grade levels behind. But he listened to this entire audio book in two days and started it over again. He has found it difficult to locate books he likes but chomp and Hoot totally resonated with him; he loves them both.

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Carl Hiassen has a witty writing style and a sarcastic tone that's both funny and revealing. He creates complex, offbeat characters using language that doesn't talk down to tweens. Like Hoot, Flush, and Scat, CHOMP is a pleasure to read, with enough zaniness and sarcastic humor to appeal to middle schoolers. The lampooning of reality TV is funny and sarcastic, and there's a nice twist on the Twilight series when Derek Badger is convinced that a bat bite has turned him into a vampire.

Hiaasen creates brave but realistic kid characters who manage to solve problems and help set things right. He also portrays some unsavory characters -- an abusive alcoholic father, greedy TV producers, and a fake TV star -- who, although they often behave unethically, have elements of good, making them realistic and likeable rather than just silly.

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