Nick Waters was not looking forward to his 3rd period Biology class. His teacher, Miss Bunny Starch, the most feared teacher in the school, had a habit of belittling students and calling on those who were most likely not ready to answer her questions. On top of that, his father, who was fighting in Iraq, hadn't been heard from in days. One thing he was looking forward to was the class field trip to Black Vine Swamp, where Nick hoped to spot the endangered Florida panther.
The field trip was interrupted by a fire and the classmates hurriedly made their way to the bus, when one classmate realized that she had dropped her inhaler. The last thing Nick saw, as the bus pulled away, was Miss Bunny Starch bravely walking back to find the inhaler. The next morning, Miss Starch had still not returned and one of his classmates, 'Smoke,' was accused of setting the fire. Nick did not believe that Smoke was responsible and set about looking for clues. That was when he found himself dragged into the battle between a maverick ecologist and a big oil company.
Similar authors: Dave Barry
Similar books: Hoot by Carl Hiaasen and Flush by Carl Hiaasen
Awards nominated: Rebecca Caudill Award 2011
Date read: 6/21/2010