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By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Teens fight polluting casino boat owner in fun mystery.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 11+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 15+

innaproriate for intended audience

Before allowing your child to read this book, you should know that In chapter 18, pages 222-224, one of the adult female characters admits to giving alcohol to an already drunk man, taking him home with her, and leading him on romantically in order to help the main characters with their plot to bring down a crooked casino boat owner. In chapter 20, page 247, there is a discussion about a photograph of some lawmakers and exotic dancers being used for blackmail.
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age 10+

Funny and bittersweet.

Flush is a laugh-out-loud tale of kids fighting for what is right. It will almost certainly make kids want to stop water pollution. It involves some drinking and one scene where an adult attempting to physically harm a child (although the child retaliates by biting him). The book will make both you and child wanting to make a difference.

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Part mystery, part caper, this environmental novel has action, humor, a bit of suspense, and some interesting characters. Flush is like a Hardy Boys book with potty humor. There are holes in the plot big enough to float a casino boat through, starting with why the owner is so determined to dump his bilges, thereby polluting the beach his own son swims in, instead of pumping them into a sewer tank. It's supposedly because the owner is a cheapskate, but pumping the sewage properly would presumably cost less than his hired goons, not to mention renovating his boat and paying $10,000 in fines. Bad guys are bad guys for no apparent reason, and good guys lie, steal, and vandalize, while their hearts are in the right place.

The resolution is unlikely, and there are some whopping coincidences, but if you try not to think too hard, it rolls along nicely and there's plenty of fun to be had here.

Book Details

  • Author: Carl Hiaasen
  • Genre: Contemporary Fiction
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
  • Publication date: September 25, 2005
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 14
  • Number of pages: 263
  • Available on: Paperback, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, Kindle
  • Last updated: December 5, 2019

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