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A hilarious, high-stakes adventure involving crooked casino boats, floating fish, toxic beaches, and one kid determined to get justice. This is Carl Hiaasen's Florida--where the creatures are wild and the people are wilder!

You know it's going to be a rough summer when you spend Father's Day visiting your dad in the local lockup.

Noah's dad is sure that the owner of the Coral Queen casino boat is flushing raw sewage into the harbor-which has made taking a dip at the local beach like swimming in a toilet. He can't prove it though, and so he decides that sinking the boat will make an effective statement. Right. The boat is pumped out and back in business within days and Noah's dad is stuck in the clink.

Now Noah is determined to succeed where his dad failed. He will prove that the Coral Queen is dumping illegally . . . somehow. His allies may not add up to much-his sister Abbey, an unreformed childhood biter; Lice Peeking, a greedy sot with poor hygiene; Shelly, a bartender and a woman scorned; and a mysterious pirate-but Noah's got a plan to flush this crook out into the open. A plan that should sink the crooked little casino, once and for all.
Publisher: New York, NY : Alfred A. Knopf, 2005
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780375821820
Branch Call Number: JUV FIC Hia
Characteristics: 263p


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Nov 25, 2020

Flush is a well-written and still relatively short book that has mystery, suspense, and action. Following in their father’s footsteps, young Noah Underwood, along with his sister Abbey, must attempt to discreetly finish the work he started: closing down the Coral Queen, a casino boat that they suspect is emptying its waste into the water. However, their father ended up in jail (once again) for his actions, so they must be careful with who they confide their information. And, on top of all of that, the two must grapple with the corresponding stress that correlates with trying to secretly uncover a massive illegal scheme. The plot is straightforward and easy to follow while also incorporating some unexpected twists. Especially in some later characters, there is some off-color language (that I believe could have been avoided to make this book friendlier to younger kids), but in between, there is no lack of wit, humor, and cliff hangers packed into this book.

Feb 21, 2016

this book was great its about a boy named noah and his dad sets the coral queen, a ship, on fire because the owner, dusty muleman, dumps all of the sewage in the toilets on the ship into the ocean . noahs dad ends up in jail and....................

*****CLIFF HANGER*****

vpl_childrens Dec 11, 2015

With his father in jail for trying to protect the environment, Noah feels he must take up where his dad left off. A suspenseful tale, full of Hiaasen’s usual colourful characters and humour.

Jan 24, 2015

Very nice book.

Jan 21, 2015

How many pages are there?

Just wondering... ^_^

violet_flamingo_261 Jun 02, 2014

This is a great book! Carl Hiassen really showed his true love for Florida, and did it well. I have read all 4 of his young adult books: Hoot, Scat, Chomp, and Flush, and they were all really good! Makes you really care about the environment.

T3arr Feb 02, 2014

A very good read. Makes you environmentally conscious and protective.

Sep 15, 2013

A good read with the environmental theme like all of Carl's books a good read.

Aug 11, 2013

Can somebody please help me? I need the best quotes from Noah, Abbey, and their father for a book report over the summer, but I returned the book! I need quote and page number! Please help me!

sterek Jun 28, 2012

This was probably one of the best and funniest books I've read from 2010! Noah and Abbey are lovable and so are all the other characters, including Lice, the old drunk who does do something good in the end.

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Oct 01, 2018

Sexual Content: reference to female "dancers" (strippers).

Oct 01, 2018

Coarse Language: occasional course language h***, G**, d***

Kate Anna Burnham
Aug 25, 2008

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.


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red_panda_199 Aug 02, 2014

The book "Flush" by Carl Hiaasen is about a boy named Noah who's father got arrested because he sunk a ship called the Coral Queen. he sunk the ship because the boss of the ship has been dumping into the ocean. So, Noah and his little sister, Abbey have been trying to help their father prove that the owner was dumping, so he can get out of jail. They also got the help of a woman named Shelly, who didn't like the boss's actions either. they also got help from a stranger, who turned out to be Noah and Abbey's grandpa. But Noah and Abbey's plan isn't that easy. there were people who were on the boss's side and tried to make sure no one messed with the boss, or their ship. But luckily, in the end, the boss got busted, and Noah's dad got out of jail.

Kate Anna Burnham
Aug 25, 2008

Noah and his sister Abbey must clear their father's as he commited a crime believing that Dusty Muleman was dumping sewage in the ocean.


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Dec 03, 2017

"If he bites you, I'm biting him" -Abbey

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