Squirm

Squirm

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 always insists on getting a house near a bald eagle nest. * Some facts about Billy Dickens: * He once saw a biker swerve across the road in order to run over a snake. ...

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Title:Squirm
Author:Carl Hiaasen
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:0385752970
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

Squirm Reviews

  • Patricia
    Oct 12, 2018

    Some of Mr. Hiaasen's stories are good and some are not. This is aimed for a younger audience. 1 of 10 stars ...

    Billy Dickens is not your typical middle grader. Not only does he have a thing for snakes and is fascinated by them, but he also has a penchant for the underdogs in his school and the world around him. The child of two avid nature lovers, the boy has already lived in six different Flor...

    Copy provided by publisher Wonderful, totally up to this author's standards, but I gave to a student before I wrote the review and forget pertinent details! ...

    It was a lot of fun and with a good message, but felt like it lacked a lot of Hiaasen's usual humor. ...

    4.5. Funny. Sweet. All about families. Great characters. Lots of plot twists. Hard to put down ? ...

    Carl Hiaasen does it again. This is a delightful book that unites a couple of Florida kids with their AWOL father who has a new family in Montana. Dad goes out on secret missions and the Florida boy and Montana native American girl team up to find out what's actually going on. Both of ...

    This is the story of a middle schooler navigating his way through bullies in and out of school and his dysfunctional family. Bullies are bad, but a dysfunctional family is not always the case. Maybe that word needs to be replaced in this evolving society. It is a fact for a great popul...

    "Squirm" lacks some of the silliness and humor of Hiaasen's other books, but I think there's a certain level of solemnity that fits with the story. This latest story takes place both in Florida and Montana, and it has a unique tone--very different from Hiaasen's other Juvenile Fictions...

    Well, he has done it again. Carl Hiaasen has written a book that kids will find hard to put down once they start. Billy Dickens like snakes (ewwwwweeeeeee). He is a friend to most animals and with a mother like his you can understand why. His mom is crazy about Bald Eagles. She follows...

    I try to read every Carl Hiaasen book that I can find, both children's and adult. A coworker who knows I'm a big fan passed this book on to me. All opinions are my own. The main character, Billy, lives with his mother and older sister in Florida and tend to move around a lot. Mom li...

    I think this book is very entertaining. It's characters are perfect for all level of readers, especially ones who like to travel. So, for me it was an adventure, an animal book, an eco-friendly, multicultural. The characters were brave and had a mission, and the family units were inter...

    Billy is known for his love of snakes, and while they are his animal of choice he feels compelled to protect all animals and also people who are being picked on. He often exacts his own form of justice on the bullies he encounters around him. It should be no surprise to him then, that ...

    Hiaasen has created another fascinating character in Billy Dickens. Snake-handler, lover of the wild outdoors, and unwitting protector of the underdog, he is not especially fond of small talk with humans. Dad left when Billy and his sister Belinda were little, and while he sends a chec...

    SQUIRM is another great read from Newbery Medal winning author, Carl Hiaasen. This book is not one of his adult offerings. Subjects and characters are geared to upper elementary-aged students and above. Carl Hiaasen?s titles have a wonderful sense of place; quirky, very detailed, ...

    Carl Hiaasen's juvenile books are never as whacked-out as those he writes for adults. Still, he manages to get a pro-environment and anti-development message into all of his books, as well as his love of Florida. This time, Billy Dickens is a middle school kid who likes snakes, sti...

    Another book reviewed for my Kid's Choice awards. As much as I enjoy Carl Hiassen's books and how interesting his stories are, I won't be using this for the intended purpose simply because of the age range. This book is fine for Young Adults but there is mild cussing and a few more mat...

    Billy Dickens, champion of the underdog, would rather deal with snakes than people, travels from Florida to Montana in search of his absentee father and stumbles into a mystery. Like all of Hiaasen's books, there is an environmental theme. In this case it's more pronounced than ever w...

    SQUIRM had me hooked from the very first page. When Billy Dickens pieces together his absent father's address, he swipes his mom's credit card for a plane ticket to Montana for a surprise visit. From there, his dad's whereabouts become all the more mysterious, disappearing for days at ...

    Some time ago, Hiaasen turned to writing YA novels, and it certainly doesn't diminish his writing abilities. His stories are always pro-environment, with antagonists that rank somewhere between dumb, and evil, often both. There's also humor leavened in each book. Some more than others....

    My first Hiaasen, I had trouble putting this one down. The story of a boy who leaves Florida for Montana to find his estranged father and get some answers, he finds a likable stepsister and stepmother, some outstanding nature far different from that of his Florida life, and a mystery t...

    Probably the best of Hiaasen?s children?s books. Whereas the other books still feel like adult Hiaasen books with the protagonists switched with children, this one was more child-oriented throughout without losing Hiaasen?s signature style. No profanity, no adult situations, an a...

    Again, and I've probably said this a hundred times, you just can't go wrong with a Hiaasen book. Even his YA series is entertaining. This one, Squirm, follows in the same suit as the rest of his tree hugging, nature loving series. Billy and his mom and sister live in FL. His father, ou...

    More of a 3.5, but that?s only because Scat is my fave. Squirm was good enough and kids who like Hiaasen will enjoy it. I especially like the connection with the dad and the Native American connections and I think it?s the first time Florida hasn?t been the only setting. Also the...

    Billy's environmental vigilante tendencies go into high gear when he finds his father, who left the family many years prior. The book set in Florida and Montana has great characters, but it wasn't as much of a page-turner for me as some. Admittedly, after Skink No Surrender my expectat...

    With an opening that is bound to hook any guy or nature loving gal, this is a hilarious, yet serious topic. If there were more people like Billy there would be far less bullying not only in our schools, but among some self-indulging adults as well. Hiaasen's YA books have yet to disapp...

    Cute, entertaining story about Billy Dickins, a middle schooler who hears a different drum. His mom has moved him and his sister all over Florida in persuit of nesting Eagles. Now he is reconnecting with his dad, in Montana. This is a light uplifting story meant for young adults, but g...

    Very much enjoyed this YA book. Carl Hiaasen has a unique style and overall his storylines involve issues I believe in also. His families are quirky but that's part of the appeal. Kids like reading about families that aren't perfect but they still manage to cope with life. ...

  • Linda
    Oct 15, 2018

    Some of Mr. Hiaasen's stories are good and some are not. This is aimed for a younger audience. 1 of 10 stars ...

    Billy Dickens is not your typical middle grader. Not only does he have a thing for snakes and is fascinated by them, but he also has a penchant for the underdogs in his school and the world around him. The child of two avid nature lovers, the boy has already lived in six different Flor...

    Copy provided by publisher Wonderful, totally up to this author's standards, but I gave to a student before I wrote the review and forget pertinent details! ...

    It was a lot of fun and with a good message, but felt like it lacked a lot of Hiaasen's usual humor. ...

    4.5. Funny. Sweet. All about families. Great characters. Lots of plot twists. Hard to put down ? ...

    Carl Hiaasen does it again. This is a delightful book that unites a couple of Florida kids with their AWOL father who has a new family in Montana. Dad goes out on secret missions and the Florida boy and Montana native American girl team up to find out what's actually going on. Both of ...

  • Barbara
    Oct 09, 2018

    Some of Mr. Hiaasen's stories are good and some are not. This is aimed for a younger audience. 1 of 10 stars ...

    Billy Dickens is not your typical middle grader. Not only does he have a thing for snakes and is fascinated by them, but he also has a penchant for the underdogs in his school and the world around him. The child of two avid nature lovers, the boy has already lived in six different Flor...

  • Kris
    Jul 06, 2018

    Some of Mr. Hiaasen's stories are good and some are not. This is aimed for a younger audience. 1 of 10 stars ...

    Billy Dickens is not your typical middle grader. Not only does he have a thing for snakes and is fascinated by them, but he also has a penchant for the underdogs in his school and the world around him. The child of two avid nature lovers, the boy has already lived in six different Flor...

    Copy provided by publisher Wonderful, totally up to this author's standards, but I gave to a student before I wrote the review and forget pertinent details! ...

    It was a lot of fun and with a good message, but felt like it lacked a lot of Hiaasen's usual humor. ...

    4.5. Funny. Sweet. All about families. Great characters. Lots of plot twists. Hard to put down ? ...

    Carl Hiaasen does it again. This is a delightful book that unites a couple of Florida kids with their AWOL father who has a new family in Montana. Dad goes out on secret missions and the Florida boy and Montana native American girl team up to find out what's actually going on. Both of ...

    This is the story of a middle schooler navigating his way through bullies in and out of school and his dysfunctional family. Bullies are bad, but a dysfunctional family is not always the case. Maybe that word needs to be replaced in this evolving society. It is a fact for a great popul...

    "Squirm" lacks some of the silliness and humor of Hiaasen's other books, but I think there's a certain level of solemnity that fits with the story. This latest story takes place both in Florida and Montana, and it has a unique tone--very different from Hiaasen's other Juvenile Fictions...

    Well, he has done it again. Carl Hiaasen has written a book that kids will find hard to put down once they start. Billy Dickens like snakes (ewwwwweeeeeee). He is a friend to most animals and with a mother like his you can understand why. His mom is crazy about Bald Eagles. She follows...

    I try to read every Carl Hiaasen book that I can find, both children's and adult. A coworker who knows I'm a big fan passed this book on to me. All opinions are my own. The main character, Billy, lives with his mother and older sister in Florida and tend to move around a lot. Mom li...

    I think this book is very entertaining. It's characters are perfect for all level of readers, especially ones who like to travel. So, for me it was an adventure, an animal book, an eco-friendly, multicultural. The characters were brave and had a mission, and the family units were inter...

    Billy is known for his love of snakes, and while they are his animal of choice he feels compelled to protect all animals and also people who are being picked on. He often exacts his own form of justice on the bullies he encounters around him. It should be no surprise to him then, that ...

    Hiaasen has created another fascinating character in Billy Dickens. Snake-handler, lover of the wild outdoors, and unwitting protector of the underdog, he is not especially fond of small talk with humans. Dad left when Billy and his sister Belinda were little, and while he sends a chec...

    SQUIRM is another great read from Newbery Medal winning author, Carl Hiaasen. This book is not one of his adult offerings. Subjects and characters are geared to upper elementary-aged students and above. Carl Hiaasen?s titles have a wonderful sense of place; quirky, very detailed, ...

    Carl Hiaasen's juvenile books are never as whacked-out as those he writes for adults. Still, he manages to get a pro-environment and anti-development message into all of his books, as well as his love of Florida. This time, Billy Dickens is a middle school kid who likes snakes, sti...

    Another book reviewed for my Kid's Choice awards. As much as I enjoy Carl Hiassen's books and how interesting his stories are, I won't be using this for the intended purpose simply because of the age range. This book is fine for Young Adults but there is mild cussing and a few more mat...

    Billy Dickens, champion of the underdog, would rather deal with snakes than people, travels from Florida to Montana in search of his absentee father and stumbles into a mystery. Like all of Hiaasen's books, there is an environmental theme. In this case it's more pronounced than ever w...

    SQUIRM had me hooked from the very first page. When Billy Dickens pieces together his absent father's address, he swipes his mom's credit card for a plane ticket to Montana for a surprise visit. From there, his dad's whereabouts become all the more mysterious, disappearing for days at ...

    Some time ago, Hiaasen turned to writing YA novels, and it certainly doesn't diminish his writing abilities. His stories are always pro-environment, with antagonists that rank somewhere between dumb, and evil, often both. There's also humor leavened in each book. Some more than others....

    My first Hiaasen, I had trouble putting this one down. The story of a boy who leaves Florida for Montana to find his estranged father and get some answers, he finds a likable stepsister and stepmother, some outstanding nature far different from that of his Florida life, and a mystery t...

    Probably the best of Hiaasen?s children?s books. Whereas the other books still feel like adult Hiaasen books with the protagonists switched with children, this one was more child-oriented throughout without losing Hiaasen?s signature style. No profanity, no adult situations, an a...

    Again, and I've probably said this a hundred times, you just can't go wrong with a Hiaasen book. Even his YA series is entertaining. This one, Squirm, follows in the same suit as the rest of his tree hugging, nature loving series. Billy and his mom and sister live in FL. His father, ou...

    More of a 3.5, but that?s only because Scat is my fave. Squirm was good enough and kids who like Hiaasen will enjoy it. I especially like the connection with the dad and the Native American connections and I think it?s the first time Florida hasn?t been the only setting. Also the...

    Billy's environmental vigilante tendencies go into high gear when he finds his father, who left the family many years prior. The book set in Florida and Montana has great characters, but it wasn't as much of a page-turner for me as some. Admittedly, after Skink No Surrender my expectat...

    With an opening that is bound to hook any guy or nature loving gal, this is a hilarious, yet serious topic. If there were more people like Billy there would be far less bullying not only in our schools, but among some self-indulging adults as well. Hiaasen's YA books have yet to disapp...

    Cute, entertaining story about Billy Dickins, a middle schooler who hears a different drum. His mom has moved him and his sister all over Florida in persuit of nesting Eagles. Now he is reconnecting with his dad, in Montana. This is a light uplifting story meant for young adults, but g...

    Very much enjoyed this YA book. Carl Hiaasen has a unique style and overall his storylines involve issues I believe in also. His families are quirky but that's part of the appeal. Kids like reading about families that aren't perfect but they still manage to cope with life. ...

    I really liked this book because of all of the adventure and suspense. I really liked Billy as a character because of his bravery. I also liked how he would stick up for people all the time. This was a really good book that I recomend to people who like action and adventure. ...

    Good for young readers Interesting story. Cliched characters and plot. Liked the nature information. Maybe thought provocing for middle schoolers. Not at all suspenseful. Characters not as well developed as his adult books. ...

    Billy Dickens is my new favorite young character of Hiaasen?s. Billy is brave and not afraid to serve justice on bullies old and young. If you would hurt an animal, watch out! Squirm does not disappoint! ...

  • Zoe
    Oct 05, 2018

    Some of Mr. Hiaasen's stories are good and some are not. This is aimed for a younger audience. 1 of 10 stars ...

    Billy Dickens is not your typical middle grader. Not only does he have a thing for snakes and is fascinated by them, but he also has a penchant for the underdogs in his school and the world around him. The child of two avid nature lovers, the boy has already lived in six different Flor...

    Copy provided by publisher Wonderful, totally up to this author's standards, but I gave to a student before I wrote the review and forget pertinent details! ...

    It was a lot of fun and with a good message, but felt like it lacked a lot of Hiaasen's usual humor. ...

    4.5. Funny. Sweet. All about families. Great characters. Lots of plot twists. Hard to put down ? ...

    Carl Hiaasen does it again. This is a delightful book that unites a couple of Florida kids with their AWOL father who has a new family in Montana. Dad goes out on secret missions and the Florida boy and Montana native American girl team up to find out what's actually going on. Both of ...

    This is the story of a middle schooler navigating his way through bullies in and out of school and his dysfunctional family. Bullies are bad, but a dysfunctional family is not always the case. Maybe that word needs to be replaced in this evolving society. It is a fact for a great popul...

    "Squirm" lacks some of the silliness and humor of Hiaasen's other books, but I think there's a certain level of solemnity that fits with the story. This latest story takes place both in Florida and Montana, and it has a unique tone--very different from Hiaasen's other Juvenile Fictions...

    Well, he has done it again. Carl Hiaasen has written a book that kids will find hard to put down once they start. Billy Dickens like snakes (ewwwwweeeeeee). He is a friend to most animals and with a mother like his you can understand why. His mom is crazy about Bald Eagles. She follows...

    I try to read every Carl Hiaasen book that I can find, both children's and adult. A coworker who knows I'm a big fan passed this book on to me. All opinions are my own. The main character, Billy, lives with his mother and older sister in Florida and tend to move around a lot. Mom li...

    I think this book is very entertaining. It's characters are perfect for all level of readers, especially ones who like to travel. So, for me it was an adventure, an animal book, an eco-friendly, multicultural. The characters were brave and had a mission, and the family units were inter...

    Billy is known for his love of snakes, and while they are his animal of choice he feels compelled to protect all animals and also people who are being picked on. He often exacts his own form of justice on the bullies he encounters around him. It should be no surprise to him then, that ...

    Hiaasen has created another fascinating character in Billy Dickens. Snake-handler, lover of the wild outdoors, and unwitting protector of the underdog, he is not especially fond of small talk with humans. Dad left when Billy and his sister Belinda were little, and while he sends a chec...

    SQUIRM is another great read from Newbery Medal winning author, Carl Hiaasen. This book is not one of his adult offerings. Subjects and characters are geared to upper elementary-aged students and above. Carl Hiaasen?s titles have a wonderful sense of place; quirky, very detailed, ...

    Carl Hiaasen's juvenile books are never as whacked-out as those he writes for adults. Still, he manages to get a pro-environment and anti-development message into all of his books, as well as his love of Florida. This time, Billy Dickens is a middle school kid who likes snakes, sti...

    Another book reviewed for my Kid's Choice awards. As much as I enjoy Carl Hiassen's books and how interesting his stories are, I won't be using this for the intended purpose simply because of the age range. This book is fine for Young Adults but there is mild cussing and a few more mat...

    Billy Dickens, champion of the underdog, would rather deal with snakes than people, travels from Florida to Montana in search of his absentee father and stumbles into a mystery. Like all of Hiaasen's books, there is an environmental theme. In this case it's more pronounced than ever w...

    SQUIRM had me hooked from the very first page. When Billy Dickens pieces together his absent father's address, he swipes his mom's credit card for a plane ticket to Montana for a surprise visit. From there, his dad's whereabouts become all the more mysterious, disappearing for days at ...

    Some time ago, Hiaasen turned to writing YA novels, and it certainly doesn't diminish his writing abilities. His stories are always pro-environment, with antagonists that rank somewhere between dumb, and evil, often both. There's also humor leavened in each book. Some more than others....

    My first Hiaasen, I had trouble putting this one down. The story of a boy who leaves Florida for Montana to find his estranged father and get some answers, he finds a likable stepsister and stepmother, some outstanding nature far different from that of his Florida life, and a mystery t...

  • Mary Ann
    Oct 06, 2018

    Some of Mr. Hiaasen's stories are good and some are not. This is aimed for a younger audience. 1 of 10 stars ...

    Billy Dickens is not your typical middle grader. Not only does he have a thing for snakes and is fascinated by them, but he also has a penchant for the underdogs in his school and the world around him. The child of two avid nature lovers, the boy has already lived in six different Flor...

    Copy provided by publisher Wonderful, totally up to this author's standards, but I gave to a student before I wrote the review and forget pertinent details! ...

    It was a lot of fun and with a good message, but felt like it lacked a lot of Hiaasen's usual humor. ...

    4.5. Funny. Sweet. All about families. Great characters. Lots of plot twists. Hard to put down ? ...

    Carl Hiaasen does it again. This is a delightful book that unites a couple of Florida kids with their AWOL father who has a new family in Montana. Dad goes out on secret missions and the Florida boy and Montana native American girl team up to find out what's actually going on. Both of ...

    This is the story of a middle schooler navigating his way through bullies in and out of school and his dysfunctional family. Bullies are bad, but a dysfunctional family is not always the case. Maybe that word needs to be replaced in this evolving society. It is a fact for a great popul...

    "Squirm" lacks some of the silliness and humor of Hiaasen's other books, but I think there's a certain level of solemnity that fits with the story. This latest story takes place both in Florida and Montana, and it has a unique tone--very different from Hiaasen's other Juvenile Fictions...

    Well, he has done it again. Carl Hiaasen has written a book that kids will find hard to put down once they start. Billy Dickens like snakes (ewwwwweeeeeee). He is a friend to most animals and with a mother like his you can understand why. His mom is crazy about Bald Eagles. She follows...

    I try to read every Carl Hiaasen book that I can find, both children's and adult. A coworker who knows I'm a big fan passed this book on to me. All opinions are my own. The main character, Billy, lives with his mother and older sister in Florida and tend to move around a lot. Mom li...

    I think this book is very entertaining. It's characters are perfect for all level of readers, especially ones who like to travel. So, for me it was an adventure, an animal book, an eco-friendly, multicultural. The characters were brave and had a mission, and the family units were inter...

    Billy is known for his love of snakes, and while they are his animal of choice he feels compelled to protect all animals and also people who are being picked on. He often exacts his own form of justice on the bullies he encounters around him. It should be no surprise to him then, that ...

    Hiaasen has created another fascinating character in Billy Dickens. Snake-handler, lover of the wild outdoors, and unwitting protector of the underdog, he is not especially fond of small talk with humans. Dad left when Billy and his sister Belinda were little, and while he sends a chec...

    SQUIRM is another great read from Newbery Medal winning author, Carl Hiaasen. This book is not one of his adult offerings. Subjects and characters are geared to upper elementary-aged students and above. Carl Hiaasen?s titles have a wonderful sense of place; quirky, very detailed, ...

    Carl Hiaasen's juvenile books are never as whacked-out as those he writes for adults. Still, he manages to get a pro-environment and anti-development message into all of his books, as well as his love of Florida. This time, Billy Dickens is a middle school kid who likes snakes, sti...

    Another book reviewed for my Kid's Choice awards. As much as I enjoy Carl Hiassen's books and how interesting his stories are, I won't be using this for the intended purpose simply because of the age range. This book is fine for Young Adults but there is mild cussing and a few more mat...

    Billy Dickens, champion of the underdog, would rather deal with snakes than people, travels from Florida to Montana in search of his absentee father and stumbles into a mystery. Like all of Hiaasen's books, there is an environmental theme. In this case it's more pronounced than ever w...

    SQUIRM had me hooked from the very first page. When Billy Dickens pieces together his absent father's address, he swipes his mom's credit card for a plane ticket to Montana for a surprise visit. From there, his dad's whereabouts become all the more mysterious, disappearing for days at ...

    Some time ago, Hiaasen turned to writing YA novels, and it certainly doesn't diminish his writing abilities. His stories are always pro-environment, with antagonists that rank somewhere between dumb, and evil, often both. There's also humor leavened in each book. Some more than others....

    My first Hiaasen, I had trouble putting this one down. The story of a boy who leaves Florida for Montana to find his estranged father and get some answers, he finds a likable stepsister and stepmother, some outstanding nature far different from that of his Florida life, and a mystery t...

    Probably the best of Hiaasen?s children?s books. Whereas the other books still feel like adult Hiaasen books with the protagonists switched with children, this one was more child-oriented throughout without losing Hiaasen?s signature style. No profanity, no adult situations, an a...

    Again, and I've probably said this a hundred times, you just can't go wrong with a Hiaasen book. Even his YA series is entertaining. This one, Squirm, follows in the same suit as the rest of his tree hugging, nature loving series. Billy and his mom and sister live in FL. His father, ou...

    More of a 3.5, but that?s only because Scat is my fave. Squirm was good enough and kids who like Hiaasen will enjoy it. I especially like the connection with the dad and the Native American connections and I think it?s the first time Florida hasn?t been the only setting. Also the...

    Billy's environmental vigilante tendencies go into high gear when he finds his father, who left the family many years prior. The book set in Florida and Montana has great characters, but it wasn't as much of a page-turner for me as some. Admittedly, after Skink No Surrender my expectat...

    With an opening that is bound to hook any guy or nature loving gal, this is a hilarious, yet serious topic. If there were more people like Billy there would be far less bullying not only in our schools, but among some self-indulging adults as well. Hiaasen's YA books have yet to disapp...

  • Julie Bowerman
    Sep 30, 2018

    Some of Mr. Hiaasen's stories are good and some are not. This is aimed for a younger audience. 1 of 10 stars ...

    Billy Dickens is not your typical middle grader. Not only does he have a thing for snakes and is fascinated by them, but he also has a penchant for the underdogs in his school and the world around him. The child of two avid nature lovers, the boy has already lived in six different Flor...

    Copy provided by publisher Wonderful, totally up to this author's standards, but I gave to a student before I wrote the review and forget pertinent details! ...

    It was a lot of fun and with a good message, but felt like it lacked a lot of Hiaasen's usual humor. ...

    4.5. Funny. Sweet. All about families. Great characters. Lots of plot twists. Hard to put down ? ...

    Carl Hiaasen does it again. This is a delightful book that unites a couple of Florida kids with their AWOL father who has a new family in Montana. Dad goes out on secret missions and the Florida boy and Montana native American girl team up to find out what's actually going on. Both of ...

    This is the story of a middle schooler navigating his way through bullies in and out of school and his dysfunctional family. Bullies are bad, but a dysfunctional family is not always the case. Maybe that word needs to be replaced in this evolving society. It is a fact for a great popul...

    "Squirm" lacks some of the silliness and humor of Hiaasen's other books, but I think there's a certain level of solemnity that fits with the story. This latest story takes place both in Florida and Montana, and it has a unique tone--very different from Hiaasen's other Juvenile Fictions...

    Well, he has done it again. Carl Hiaasen has written a book that kids will find hard to put down once they start. Billy Dickens like snakes (ewwwwweeeeeee). He is a friend to most animals and with a mother like his you can understand why. His mom is crazy about Bald Eagles. She follows...

    I try to read every Carl Hiaasen book that I can find, both children's and adult. A coworker who knows I'm a big fan passed this book on to me. All opinions are my own. The main character, Billy, lives with his mother and older sister in Florida and tend to move around a lot. Mom li...

    I think this book is very entertaining. It's characters are perfect for all level of readers, especially ones who like to travel. So, for me it was an adventure, an animal book, an eco-friendly, multicultural. The characters were brave and had a mission, and the family units were inter...

    Billy is known for his love of snakes, and while they are his animal of choice he feels compelled to protect all animals and also people who are being picked on. He often exacts his own form of justice on the bullies he encounters around him. It should be no surprise to him then, that ...

    Hiaasen has created another fascinating character in Billy Dickens. Snake-handler, lover of the wild outdoors, and unwitting protector of the underdog, he is not especially fond of small talk with humans. Dad left when Billy and his sister Belinda were little, and while he sends a chec...

    SQUIRM is another great read from Newbery Medal winning author, Carl Hiaasen. This book is not one of his adult offerings. Subjects and characters are geared to upper elementary-aged students and above. Carl Hiaasen?s titles have a wonderful sense of place; quirky, very detailed, ...

    Carl Hiaasen's juvenile books are never as whacked-out as those he writes for adults. Still, he manages to get a pro-environment and anti-development message into all of his books, as well as his love of Florida. This time, Billy Dickens is a middle school kid who likes snakes, sti...

    Another book reviewed for my Kid's Choice awards. As much as I enjoy Carl Hiassen's books and how interesting his stories are, I won't be using this for the intended purpose simply because of the age range. This book is fine for Young Adults but there is mild cussing and a few more mat...

    Billy Dickens, champion of the underdog, would rather deal with snakes than people, travels from Florida to Montana in search of his absentee father and stumbles into a mystery. Like all of Hiaasen's books, there is an environmental theme. In this case it's more pronounced than ever w...

    SQUIRM had me hooked from the very first page. When Billy Dickens pieces together his absent father's address, he swipes his mom's credit card for a plane ticket to Montana for a surprise visit. From there, his dad's whereabouts become all the more mysterious, disappearing for days at ...

    Some time ago, Hiaasen turned to writing YA novels, and it certainly doesn't diminish his writing abilities. His stories are always pro-environment, with antagonists that rank somewhere between dumb, and evil, often both. There's also humor leavened in each book. Some more than others....

    My first Hiaasen, I had trouble putting this one down. The story of a boy who leaves Florida for Montana to find his estranged father and get some answers, he finds a likable stepsister and stepmother, some outstanding nature far different from that of his Florida life, and a mystery t...

    Probably the best of Hiaasen?s children?s books. Whereas the other books still feel like adult Hiaasen books with the protagonists switched with children, this one was more child-oriented throughout without losing Hiaasen?s signature style. No profanity, no adult situations, an a...

    Again, and I've probably said this a hundred times, you just can't go wrong with a Hiaasen book. Even his YA series is entertaining. This one, Squirm, follows in the same suit as the rest of his tree hugging, nature loving series. Billy and his mom and sister live in FL. His father, ou...

    More of a 3.5, but that?s only because Scat is my fave. Squirm was good enough and kids who like Hiaasen will enjoy it. I especially like the connection with the dad and the Native American connections and I think it?s the first time Florida hasn?t been the only setting. Also the...

    Billy's environmental vigilante tendencies go into high gear when he finds his father, who left the family many years prior. The book set in Florida and Montana has great characters, but it wasn't as much of a page-turner for me as some. Admittedly, after Skink No Surrender my expectat...

  • Ms. Yingling
    Sep 20, 2018

    Some of Mr. Hiaasen's stories are good and some are not. This is aimed for a younger audience. 1 of 10 stars ...

    Billy Dickens is not your typical middle grader. Not only does he have a thing for snakes and is fascinated by them, but he also has a penchant for the underdogs in his school and the world around him. The child of two avid nature lovers, the boy has already lived in six different Flor...

    Copy provided by publisher Wonderful, totally up to this author's standards, but I gave to a student before I wrote the review and forget pertinent details! ...

  • Jo Sorrell
    Jul 12, 2018

    Some of Mr. Hiaasen's stories are good and some are not. This is aimed for a younger audience. 1 of 10 stars ...

    Billy Dickens is not your typical middle grader. Not only does he have a thing for snakes and is fascinated by them, but he also has a penchant for the underdogs in his school and the world around him. The child of two avid nature lovers, the boy has already lived in six different Flor...

    Copy provided by publisher Wonderful, totally up to this author's standards, but I gave to a student before I wrote the review and forget pertinent details! ...

    It was a lot of fun and with a good message, but felt like it lacked a lot of Hiaasen's usual humor. ...

    4.5. Funny. Sweet. All about families. Great characters. Lots of plot twists. Hard to put down ? ...

    Carl Hiaasen does it again. This is a delightful book that unites a couple of Florida kids with their AWOL father who has a new family in Montana. Dad goes out on secret missions and the Florida boy and Montana native American girl team up to find out what's actually going on. Both of ...

    This is the story of a middle schooler navigating his way through bullies in and out of school and his dysfunctional family. Bullies are bad, but a dysfunctional family is not always the case. Maybe that word needs to be replaced in this evolving society. It is a fact for a great popul...

  • Lonna Pierce
    Oct 08, 2018

    Some of Mr. Hiaasen's stories are good and some are not. This is aimed for a younger audience. 1 of 10 stars ...

    Billy Dickens is not your typical middle grader. Not only does he have a thing for snakes and is fascinated by them, but he also has a penchant for the underdogs in his school and the world around him. The child of two avid nature lovers, the boy has already lived in six different Flor...

    Copy provided by publisher Wonderful, totally up to this author's standards, but I gave to a student before I wrote the review and forget pertinent details! ...

    It was a lot of fun and with a good message, but felt like it lacked a lot of Hiaasen's usual humor. ...

    4.5. Funny. Sweet. All about families. Great characters. Lots of plot twists. Hard to put down ? ...

    Carl Hiaasen does it again. This is a delightful book that unites a couple of Florida kids with their AWOL father who has a new family in Montana. Dad goes out on secret missions and the Florida boy and Montana native American girl team up to find out what's actually going on. Both of ...

    This is the story of a middle schooler navigating his way through bullies in and out of school and his dysfunctional family. Bullies are bad, but a dysfunctional family is not always the case. Maybe that word needs to be replaced in this evolving society. It is a fact for a great popul...

    "Squirm" lacks some of the silliness and humor of Hiaasen's other books, but I think there's a certain level of solemnity that fits with the story. This latest story takes place both in Florida and Montana, and it has a unique tone--very different from Hiaasen's other Juvenile Fictions...

    Well, he has done it again. Carl Hiaasen has written a book that kids will find hard to put down once they start. Billy Dickens like snakes (ewwwwweeeeeee). He is a friend to most animals and with a mother like his you can understand why. His mom is crazy about Bald Eagles. She follows...

    I try to read every Carl Hiaasen book that I can find, both children's and adult. A coworker who knows I'm a big fan passed this book on to me. All opinions are my own. The main character, Billy, lives with his mother and older sister in Florida and tend to move around a lot. Mom li...

    I think this book is very entertaining. It's characters are perfect for all level of readers, especially ones who like to travel. So, for me it was an adventure, an animal book, an eco-friendly, multicultural. The characters were brave and had a mission, and the family units were inter...

    Billy is known for his love of snakes, and while they are his animal of choice he feels compelled to protect all animals and also people who are being picked on. He often exacts his own form of justice on the bullies he encounters around him. It should be no surprise to him then, that ...

    Hiaasen has created another fascinating character in Billy Dickens. Snake-handler, lover of the wild outdoors, and unwitting protector of the underdog, he is not especially fond of small talk with humans. Dad left when Billy and his sister Belinda were little, and while he sends a chec...

  • Yapha
    Jul 05, 2018

    Some of Mr. Hiaasen's stories are good and some are not. This is aimed for a younger audience. 1 of 10 stars ...

    Billy Dickens is not your typical middle grader. Not only does he have a thing for snakes and is fascinated by them, but he also has a penchant for the underdogs in his school and the world around him. The child of two avid nature lovers, the boy has already lived in six different Flor...

    Copy provided by publisher Wonderful, totally up to this author's standards, but I gave to a student before I wrote the review and forget pertinent details! ...

    It was a lot of fun and with a good message, but felt like it lacked a lot of Hiaasen's usual humor. ...

    4.5. Funny. Sweet. All about families. Great characters. Lots of plot twists. Hard to put down ? ...

    Carl Hiaasen does it again. This is a delightful book that unites a couple of Florida kids with their AWOL father who has a new family in Montana. Dad goes out on secret missions and the Florida boy and Montana native American girl team up to find out what's actually going on. Both of ...

    This is the story of a middle schooler navigating his way through bullies in and out of school and his dysfunctional family. Bullies are bad, but a dysfunctional family is not always the case. Maybe that word needs to be replaced in this evolving society. It is a fact for a great popul...

    "Squirm" lacks some of the silliness and humor of Hiaasen's other books, but I think there's a certain level of solemnity that fits with the story. This latest story takes place both in Florida and Montana, and it has a unique tone--very different from Hiaasen's other Juvenile Fictions...

    Well, he has done it again. Carl Hiaasen has written a book that kids will find hard to put down once they start. Billy Dickens like snakes (ewwwwweeeeeee). He is a friend to most animals and with a mother like his you can understand why. His mom is crazy about Bald Eagles. She follows...

    I try to read every Carl Hiaasen book that I can find, both children's and adult. A coworker who knows I'm a big fan passed this book on to me. All opinions are my own. The main character, Billy, lives with his mother and older sister in Florida and tend to move around a lot. Mom li...

    I think this book is very entertaining. It's characters are perfect for all level of readers, especially ones who like to travel. So, for me it was an adventure, an animal book, an eco-friendly, multicultural. The characters were brave and had a mission, and the family units were inter...

    Billy is known for his love of snakes, and while they are his animal of choice he feels compelled to protect all animals and also people who are being picked on. He often exacts his own form of justice on the bullies he encounters around him. It should be no surprise to him then, that ...

  • Billie
    May 08, 2018

    Some of Mr. Hiaasen's stories are good and some are not. This is aimed for a younger audience. 1 of 10 stars ...

    Billy Dickens is not your typical middle grader. Not only does he have a thing for snakes and is fascinated by them, but he also has a penchant for the underdogs in his school and the world around him. The child of two avid nature lovers, the boy has already lived in six different Flor...

    Copy provided by publisher Wonderful, totally up to this author's standards, but I gave to a student before I wrote the review and forget pertinent details! ...

    It was a lot of fun and with a good message, but felt like it lacked a lot of Hiaasen's usual humor. ...

  • Constance
    Oct 12, 2018

    Some of Mr. Hiaasen's stories are good and some are not. This is aimed for a younger audience. 1 of 10 stars ...

    Billy Dickens is not your typical middle grader. Not only does he have a thing for snakes and is fascinated by them, but he also has a penchant for the underdogs in his school and the world around him. The child of two avid nature lovers, the boy has already lived in six different Flor...

    Copy provided by publisher Wonderful, totally up to this author's standards, but I gave to a student before I wrote the review and forget pertinent details! ...

    It was a lot of fun and with a good message, but felt like it lacked a lot of Hiaasen's usual humor. ...

    4.5. Funny. Sweet. All about families. Great characters. Lots of plot twists. Hard to put down ? ...

    Carl Hiaasen does it again. This is a delightful book that unites a couple of Florida kids with their AWOL father who has a new family in Montana. Dad goes out on secret missions and the Florida boy and Montana native American girl team up to find out what's actually going on. Both of ...

    This is the story of a middle schooler navigating his way through bullies in and out of school and his dysfunctional family. Bullies are bad, but a dysfunctional family is not always the case. Maybe that word needs to be replaced in this evolving society. It is a fact for a great popul...

    "Squirm" lacks some of the silliness and humor of Hiaasen's other books, but I think there's a certain level of solemnity that fits with the story. This latest story takes place both in Florida and Montana, and it has a unique tone--very different from Hiaasen's other Juvenile Fictions...

    Well, he has done it again. Carl Hiaasen has written a book that kids will find hard to put down once they start. Billy Dickens like snakes (ewwwwweeeeeee). He is a friend to most animals and with a mother like his you can understand why. His mom is crazy about Bald Eagles. She follows...

    I try to read every Carl Hiaasen book that I can find, both children's and adult. A coworker who knows I'm a big fan passed this book on to me. All opinions are my own. The main character, Billy, lives with his mother and older sister in Florida and tend to move around a lot. Mom li...

    I think this book is very entertaining. It's characters are perfect for all level of readers, especially ones who like to travel. So, for me it was an adventure, an animal book, an eco-friendly, multicultural. The characters were brave and had a mission, and the family units were inter...

    Billy is known for his love of snakes, and while they are his animal of choice he feels compelled to protect all animals and also people who are being picked on. He often exacts his own form of justice on the bullies he encounters around him. It should be no surprise to him then, that ...

    Hiaasen has created another fascinating character in Billy Dickens. Snake-handler, lover of the wild outdoors, and unwitting protector of the underdog, he is not especially fond of small talk with humans. Dad left when Billy and his sister Belinda were little, and while he sends a chec...

    SQUIRM is another great read from Newbery Medal winning author, Carl Hiaasen. This book is not one of his adult offerings. Subjects and characters are geared to upper elementary-aged students and above. Carl Hiaasen?s titles have a wonderful sense of place; quirky, very detailed, ...

    Carl Hiaasen's juvenile books are never as whacked-out as those he writes for adults. Still, he manages to get a pro-environment and anti-development message into all of his books, as well as his love of Florida. This time, Billy Dickens is a middle school kid who likes snakes, sti...

    Another book reviewed for my Kid's Choice awards. As much as I enjoy Carl Hiassen's books and how interesting his stories are, I won't be using this for the intended purpose simply because of the age range. This book is fine for Young Adults but there is mild cussing and a few more mat...

    Billy Dickens, champion of the underdog, would rather deal with snakes than people, travels from Florida to Montana in search of his absentee father and stumbles into a mystery. Like all of Hiaasen's books, there is an environmental theme. In this case it's more pronounced than ever w...

    SQUIRM had me hooked from the very first page. When Billy Dickens pieces together his absent father's address, he swipes his mom's credit card for a plane ticket to Montana for a surprise visit. From there, his dad's whereabouts become all the more mysterious, disappearing for days at ...

    Some time ago, Hiaasen turned to writing YA novels, and it certainly doesn't diminish his writing abilities. His stories are always pro-environment, with antagonists that rank somewhere between dumb, and evil, often both. There's also humor leavened in each book. Some more than others....

    My first Hiaasen, I had trouble putting this one down. The story of a boy who leaves Florida for Montana to find his estranged father and get some answers, he finds a likable stepsister and stepmother, some outstanding nature far different from that of his Florida life, and a mystery t...

    Probably the best of Hiaasen?s children?s books. Whereas the other books still feel like adult Hiaasen books with the protagonists switched with children, this one was more child-oriented throughout without losing Hiaasen?s signature style. No profanity, no adult situations, an a...

    Again, and I've probably said this a hundred times, you just can't go wrong with a Hiaasen book. Even his YA series is entertaining. This one, Squirm, follows in the same suit as the rest of his tree hugging, nature loving series. Billy and his mom and sister live in FL. His father, ou...

    More of a 3.5, but that?s only because Scat is my fave. Squirm was good enough and kids who like Hiaasen will enjoy it. I especially like the connection with the dad and the Native American connections and I think it?s the first time Florida hasn?t been the only setting. Also the...

  • Mark
    Oct 02, 2018

    Some of Mr. Hiaasen's stories are good and some are not. This is aimed for a younger audience. 1 of 10 stars ...

    Billy Dickens is not your typical middle grader. Not only does he have a thing for snakes and is fascinated by them, but he also has a penchant for the underdogs in his school and the world around him. The child of two avid nature lovers, the boy has already lived in six different Flor...

    Copy provided by publisher Wonderful, totally up to this author's standards, but I gave to a student before I wrote the review and forget pertinent details! ...

    It was a lot of fun and with a good message, but felt like it lacked a lot of Hiaasen's usual humor. ...

    4.5. Funny. Sweet. All about families. Great characters. Lots of plot twists. Hard to put down ? ...

    Carl Hiaasen does it again. This is a delightful book that unites a couple of Florida kids with their AWOL father who has a new family in Montana. Dad goes out on secret missions and the Florida boy and Montana native American girl team up to find out what's actually going on. Both of ...

    This is the story of a middle schooler navigating his way through bullies in and out of school and his dysfunctional family. Bullies are bad, but a dysfunctional family is not always the case. Maybe that word needs to be replaced in this evolving society. It is a fact for a great popul...

    "Squirm" lacks some of the silliness and humor of Hiaasen's other books, but I think there's a certain level of solemnity that fits with the story. This latest story takes place both in Florida and Montana, and it has a unique tone--very different from Hiaasen's other Juvenile Fictions...

    Well, he has done it again. Carl Hiaasen has written a book that kids will find hard to put down once they start. Billy Dickens like snakes (ewwwwweeeeeee). He is a friend to most animals and with a mother like his you can understand why. His mom is crazy about Bald Eagles. She follows...

    I try to read every Carl Hiaasen book that I can find, both children's and adult. A coworker who knows I'm a big fan passed this book on to me. All opinions are my own. The main character, Billy, lives with his mother and older sister in Florida and tend to move around a lot. Mom li...

    I think this book is very entertaining. It's characters are perfect for all level of readers, especially ones who like to travel. So, for me it was an adventure, an animal book, an eco-friendly, multicultural. The characters were brave and had a mission, and the family units were inter...

    Billy is known for his love of snakes, and while they are his animal of choice he feels compelled to protect all animals and also people who are being picked on. He often exacts his own form of justice on the bullies he encounters around him. It should be no surprise to him then, that ...

    Hiaasen has created another fascinating character in Billy Dickens. Snake-handler, lover of the wild outdoors, and unwitting protector of the underdog, he is not especially fond of small talk with humans. Dad left when Billy and his sister Belinda were little, and while he sends a chec...

    SQUIRM is another great read from Newbery Medal winning author, Carl Hiaasen. This book is not one of his adult offerings. Subjects and characters are geared to upper elementary-aged students and above. Carl Hiaasen?s titles have a wonderful sense of place; quirky, very detailed, ...

    Carl Hiaasen's juvenile books are never as whacked-out as those he writes for adults. Still, he manages to get a pro-environment and anti-development message into all of his books, as well as his love of Florida. This time, Billy Dickens is a middle school kid who likes snakes, sti...

    Another book reviewed for my Kid's Choice awards. As much as I enjoy Carl Hiassen's books and how interesting his stories are, I won't be using this for the intended purpose simply because of the age range. This book is fine for Young Adults but there is mild cussing and a few more mat...

    Billy Dickens, champion of the underdog, would rather deal with snakes than people, travels from Florida to Montana in search of his absentee father and stumbles into a mystery. Like all of Hiaasen's books, there is an environmental theme. In this case it's more pronounced than ever w...

  • Beth Mendelsohn
    Aug 04, 2018

    Some of Mr. Hiaasen's stories are good and some are not. This is aimed for a younger audience. 1 of 10 stars ...

    Billy Dickens is not your typical middle grader. Not only does he have a thing for snakes and is fascinated by them, but he also has a penchant for the underdogs in his school and the world around him. The child of two avid nature lovers, the boy has already lived in six different Flor...

    Copy provided by publisher Wonderful, totally up to this author's standards, but I gave to a student before I wrote the review and forget pertinent details! ...

    It was a lot of fun and with a good message, but felt like it lacked a lot of Hiaasen's usual humor. ...

    4.5. Funny. Sweet. All about families. Great characters. Lots of plot twists. Hard to put down ? ...

    Carl Hiaasen does it again. This is a delightful book that unites a couple of Florida kids with their AWOL father who has a new family in Montana. Dad goes out on secret missions and the Florida boy and Montana native American girl team up to find out what's actually going on. Both of ...

    This is the story of a middle schooler navigating his way through bullies in and out of school and his dysfunctional family. Bullies are bad, but a dysfunctional family is not always the case. Maybe that word needs to be replaced in this evolving society. It is a fact for a great popul...

    "Squirm" lacks some of the silliness and humor of Hiaasen's other books, but I think there's a certain level of solemnity that fits with the story. This latest story takes place both in Florida and Montana, and it has a unique tone--very different from Hiaasen's other Juvenile Fictions...

    Well, he has done it again. Carl Hiaasen has written a book that kids will find hard to put down once they start. Billy Dickens like snakes (ewwwwweeeeeee). He is a friend to most animals and with a mother like his you can understand why. His mom is crazy about Bald Eagles. She follows...

    I try to read every Carl Hiaasen book that I can find, both children's and adult. A coworker who knows I'm a big fan passed this book on to me. All opinions are my own. The main character, Billy, lives with his mother and older sister in Florida and tend to move around a lot. Mom li...

  • Kyla
    Sep 19, 2018

    Some of Mr. Hiaasen's stories are good and some are not. This is aimed for a younger audience. 1 of 10 stars ...

    Billy Dickens is not your typical middle grader. Not only does he have a thing for snakes and is fascinated by them, but he also has a penchant for the underdogs in his school and the world around him. The child of two avid nature lovers, the boy has already lived in six different Flor...

    Copy provided by publisher Wonderful, totally up to this author's standards, but I gave to a student before I wrote the review and forget pertinent details! ...

    It was a lot of fun and with a good message, but felt like it lacked a lot of Hiaasen's usual humor. ...

    4.5. Funny. Sweet. All about families. Great characters. Lots of plot twists. Hard to put down ? ...

    Carl Hiaasen does it again. This is a delightful book that unites a couple of Florida kids with their AWOL father who has a new family in Montana. Dad goes out on secret missions and the Florida boy and Montana native American girl team up to find out what's actually going on. Both of ...

    This is the story of a middle schooler navigating his way through bullies in and out of school and his dysfunctional family. Bullies are bad, but a dysfunctional family is not always the case. Maybe that word needs to be replaced in this evolving society. It is a fact for a great popul...

    "Squirm" lacks some of the silliness and humor of Hiaasen's other books, but I think there's a certain level of solemnity that fits with the story. This latest story takes place both in Florida and Montana, and it has a unique tone--very different from Hiaasen's other Juvenile Fictions...

    Well, he has done it again. Carl Hiaasen has written a book that kids will find hard to put down once they start. Billy Dickens like snakes (ewwwwweeeeeee). He is a friend to most animals and with a mother like his you can understand why. His mom is crazy about Bald Eagles. She follows...

    I try to read every Carl Hiaasen book that I can find, both children's and adult. A coworker who knows I'm a big fan passed this book on to me. All opinions are my own. The main character, Billy, lives with his mother and older sister in Florida and tend to move around a lot. Mom li...

    I think this book is very entertaining. It's characters are perfect for all level of readers, especially ones who like to travel. So, for me it was an adventure, an animal book, an eco-friendly, multicultural. The characters were brave and had a mission, and the family units were inter...

    Billy is known for his love of snakes, and while they are his animal of choice he feels compelled to protect all animals and also people who are being picked on. He often exacts his own form of justice on the bullies he encounters around him. It should be no surprise to him then, that ...

    Hiaasen has created another fascinating character in Billy Dickens. Snake-handler, lover of the wild outdoors, and unwitting protector of the underdog, he is not especially fond of small talk with humans. Dad left when Billy and his sister Belinda were little, and while he sends a chec...

    SQUIRM is another great read from Newbery Medal winning author, Carl Hiaasen. This book is not one of his adult offerings. Subjects and characters are geared to upper elementary-aged students and above. Carl Hiaasen?s titles have a wonderful sense of place; quirky, very detailed, ...

    Carl Hiaasen's juvenile books are never as whacked-out as those he writes for adults. Still, he manages to get a pro-environment and anti-development message into all of his books, as well as his love of Florida. This time, Billy Dickens is a middle school kid who likes snakes, sti...

    Another book reviewed for my Kid's Choice awards. As much as I enjoy Carl Hiassen's books and how interesting his stories are, I won't be using this for the intended purpose simply because of the age range. This book is fine for Young Adults but there is mild cussing and a few more mat...

    Billy Dickens, champion of the underdog, would rather deal with snakes than people, travels from Florida to Montana in search of his absentee father and stumbles into a mystery. Like all of Hiaasen's books, there is an environmental theme. In this case it's more pronounced than ever w...

    SQUIRM had me hooked from the very first page. When Billy Dickens pieces together his absent father's address, he swipes his mom's credit card for a plane ticket to Montana for a surprise visit. From there, his dad's whereabouts become all the more mysterious, disappearing for days at ...

    Some time ago, Hiaasen turned to writing YA novels, and it certainly doesn't diminish his writing abilities. His stories are always pro-environment, with antagonists that rank somewhere between dumb, and evil, often both. There's also humor leavened in each book. Some more than others....

    My first Hiaasen, I had trouble putting this one down. The story of a boy who leaves Florida for Montana to find his estranged father and get some answers, he finds a likable stepsister and stepmother, some outstanding nature far different from that of his Florida life, and a mystery t...

    Probably the best of Hiaasen?s children?s books. Whereas the other books still feel like adult Hiaasen books with the protagonists switched with children, this one was more child-oriented throughout without losing Hiaasen?s signature style. No profanity, no adult situations, an a...

  • Ryan
    Jul 02, 2018

    Some of Mr. Hiaasen's stories are good and some are not. This is aimed for a younger audience. 1 of 10 stars ...

    Billy Dickens is not your typical middle grader. Not only does he have a thing for snakes and is fascinated by them, but he also has a penchant for the underdogs in his school and the world around him. The child of two avid nature lovers, the boy has already lived in six different Flor...

    Copy provided by publisher Wonderful, totally up to this author's standards, but I gave to a student before I wrote the review and forget pertinent details! ...

    It was a lot of fun and with a good message, but felt like it lacked a lot of Hiaasen's usual humor. ...

    4.5. Funny. Sweet. All about families. Great characters. Lots of plot twists. Hard to put down ? ...

    Carl Hiaasen does it again. This is a delightful book that unites a couple of Florida kids with their AWOL father who has a new family in Montana. Dad goes out on secret missions and the Florida boy and Montana native American girl team up to find out what's actually going on. Both of ...

    This is the story of a middle schooler navigating his way through bullies in and out of school and his dysfunctional family. Bullies are bad, but a dysfunctional family is not always the case. Maybe that word needs to be replaced in this evolving society. It is a fact for a great popul...

    "Squirm" lacks some of the silliness and humor of Hiaasen's other books, but I think there's a certain level of solemnity that fits with the story. This latest story takes place both in Florida and Montana, and it has a unique tone--very different from Hiaasen's other Juvenile Fictions...

    Well, he has done it again. Carl Hiaasen has written a book that kids will find hard to put down once they start. Billy Dickens like snakes (ewwwwweeeeeee). He is a friend to most animals and with a mother like his you can understand why. His mom is crazy about Bald Eagles. She follows...

  • Diana
    Oct 11, 2018

    Some of Mr. Hiaasen's stories are good and some are not. This is aimed for a younger audience. 1 of 10 stars ...

    Billy Dickens is not your typical middle grader. Not only does he have a thing for snakes and is fascinated by them, but he also has a penchant for the underdogs in his school and the world around him. The child of two avid nature lovers, the boy has already lived in six different Flor...

    Copy provided by publisher Wonderful, totally up to this author's standards, but I gave to a student before I wrote the review and forget pertinent details! ...

    It was a lot of fun and with a good message, but felt like it lacked a lot of Hiaasen's usual humor. ...

    4.5. Funny. Sweet. All about families. Great characters. Lots of plot twists. Hard to put down ? ...

    Carl Hiaasen does it again. This is a delightful book that unites a couple of Florida kids with their AWOL father who has a new family in Montana. Dad goes out on secret missions and the Florida boy and Montana native American girl team up to find out what's actually going on. Both of ...

    This is the story of a middle schooler navigating his way through bullies in and out of school and his dysfunctional family. Bullies are bad, but a dysfunctional family is not always the case. Maybe that word needs to be replaced in this evolving society. It is a fact for a great popul...

    "Squirm" lacks some of the silliness and humor of Hiaasen's other books, but I think there's a certain level of solemnity that fits with the story. This latest story takes place both in Florida and Montana, and it has a unique tone--very different from Hiaasen's other Juvenile Fictions...

    Well, he has done it again. Carl Hiaasen has written a book that kids will find hard to put down once they start. Billy Dickens like snakes (ewwwwweeeeeee). He is a friend to most animals and with a mother like his you can understand why. His mom is crazy about Bald Eagles. She follows...

    I try to read every Carl Hiaasen book that I can find, both children's and adult. A coworker who knows I'm a big fan passed this book on to me. All opinions are my own. The main character, Billy, lives with his mother and older sister in Florida and tend to move around a lot. Mom li...

    I think this book is very entertaining. It's characters are perfect for all level of readers, especially ones who like to travel. So, for me it was an adventure, an animal book, an eco-friendly, multicultural. The characters were brave and had a mission, and the family units were inter...

    Billy is known for his love of snakes, and while they are his animal of choice he feels compelled to protect all animals and also people who are being picked on. He often exacts his own form of justice on the bullies he encounters around him. It should be no surprise to him then, that ...

    Hiaasen has created another fascinating character in Billy Dickens. Snake-handler, lover of the wild outdoors, and unwitting protector of the underdog, he is not especially fond of small talk with humans. Dad left when Billy and his sister Belinda were little, and while he sends a chec...

    SQUIRM is another great read from Newbery Medal winning author, Carl Hiaasen. This book is not one of his adult offerings. Subjects and characters are geared to upper elementary-aged students and above. Carl Hiaasen?s titles have a wonderful sense of place; quirky, very detailed, ...

  • Andrew
    May 08, 2018

    Some of Mr. Hiaasen's stories are good and some are not. This is aimed for a younger audience. 1 of 10 stars ...

    Billy Dickens is not your typical middle grader. Not only does he have a thing for snakes and is fascinated by them, but he also has a penchant for the underdogs in his school and the world around him. The child of two avid nature lovers, the boy has already lived in six different Flor...

    Copy provided by publisher Wonderful, totally up to this author's standards, but I gave to a student before I wrote the review and forget pertinent details! ...

    It was a lot of fun and with a good message, but felt like it lacked a lot of Hiaasen's usual humor. ...

    4.5. Funny. Sweet. All about families. Great characters. Lots of plot twists. Hard to put down ? ...

    Carl Hiaasen does it again. This is a delightful book that unites a couple of Florida kids with their AWOL father who has a new family in Montana. Dad goes out on secret missions and the Florida boy and Montana native American girl team up to find out what's actually going on. Both of ...

    This is the story of a middle schooler navigating his way through bullies in and out of school and his dysfunctional family. Bullies are bad, but a dysfunctional family is not always the case. Maybe that word needs to be replaced in this evolving society. It is a fact for a great popul...

    "Squirm" lacks some of the silliness and humor of Hiaasen's other books, but I think there's a certain level of solemnity that fits with the story. This latest story takes place both in Florida and Montana, and it has a unique tone--very different from Hiaasen's other Juvenile Fictions...

    Well, he has done it again. Carl Hiaasen has written a book that kids will find hard to put down once they start. Billy Dickens like snakes (ewwwwweeeeeee). He is a friend to most animals and with a mother like his you can understand why. His mom is crazy about Bald Eagles. She follows...

    I try to read every Carl Hiaasen book that I can find, both children's and adult. A coworker who knows I'm a big fan passed this book on to me. All opinions are my own. The main character, Billy, lives with his mother and older sister in Florida and tend to move around a lot. Mom li...

    I think this book is very entertaining. It's characters are perfect for all level of readers, especially ones who like to travel. So, for me it was an adventure, an animal book, an eco-friendly, multicultural. The characters were brave and had a mission, and the family units were inter...

    Billy is known for his love of snakes, and while they are his animal of choice he feels compelled to protect all animals and also people who are being picked on. He often exacts his own form of justice on the bullies he encounters around him. It should be no surprise to him then, that ...

    Hiaasen has created another fascinating character in Billy Dickens. Snake-handler, lover of the wild outdoors, and unwitting protector of the underdog, he is not especially fond of small talk with humans. Dad left when Billy and his sister Belinda were little, and while he sends a chec...

    SQUIRM is another great read from Newbery Medal winning author, Carl Hiaasen. This book is not one of his adult offerings. Subjects and characters are geared to upper elementary-aged students and above. Carl Hiaasen?s titles have a wonderful sense of place; quirky, very detailed, ...

    Carl Hiaasen's juvenile books are never as whacked-out as those he writes for adults. Still, he manages to get a pro-environment and anti-development message into all of his books, as well as his love of Florida. This time, Billy Dickens is a middle school kid who likes snakes, sti...

    Another book reviewed for my Kid's Choice awards. As much as I enjoy Carl Hiassen's books and how interesting his stories are, I won't be using this for the intended purpose simply because of the age range. This book is fine for Young Adults but there is mild cussing and a few more mat...

    Billy Dickens, champion of the underdog, would rather deal with snakes than people, travels from Florida to Montana in search of his absentee father and stumbles into a mystery. Like all of Hiaasen's books, there is an environmental theme. In this case it's more pronounced than ever w...

    SQUIRM had me hooked from the very first page. When Billy Dickens pieces together his absent father's address, he swipes his mom's credit card for a plane ticket to Montana for a surprise visit. From there, his dad's whereabouts become all the more mysterious, disappearing for days at ...

  • Barb Martin
    Oct 10, 2018

    Some of Mr. Hiaasen's stories are good and some are not. This is aimed for a younger audience. 1 of 10 stars ...

    Billy Dickens is not your typical middle grader. Not only does he have a thing for snakes and is fascinated by them, but he also has a penchant for the underdogs in his school and the world around him. The child of two avid nature lovers, the boy has already lived in six different Flor...

    Copy provided by publisher Wonderful, totally up to this author's standards, but I gave to a student before I wrote the review and forget pertinent details! ...

    It was a lot of fun and with a good message, but felt like it lacked a lot of Hiaasen's usual humor. ...

    4.5. Funny. Sweet. All about families. Great characters. Lots of plot twists. Hard to put down ? ...

    Carl Hiaasen does it again. This is a delightful book that unites a couple of Florida kids with their AWOL father who has a new family in Montana. Dad goes out on secret missions and the Florida boy and Montana native American girl team up to find out what's actually going on. Both of ...

    This is the story of a middle schooler navigating his way through bullies in and out of school and his dysfunctional family. Bullies are bad, but a dysfunctional family is not always the case. Maybe that word needs to be replaced in this evolving society. It is a fact for a great popul...

    "Squirm" lacks some of the silliness and humor of Hiaasen's other books, but I think there's a certain level of solemnity that fits with the story. This latest story takes place both in Florida and Montana, and it has a unique tone--very different from Hiaasen's other Juvenile Fictions...

    Well, he has done it again. Carl Hiaasen has written a book that kids will find hard to put down once they start. Billy Dickens like snakes (ewwwwweeeeeee). He is a friend to most animals and with a mother like his you can understand why. His mom is crazy about Bald Eagles. She follows...

    I try to read every Carl Hiaasen book that I can find, both children's and adult. A coworker who knows I'm a big fan passed this book on to me. All opinions are my own. The main character, Billy, lives with his mother and older sister in Florida and tend to move around a lot. Mom li...

    I think this book is very entertaining. It's characters are perfect for all level of readers, especially ones who like to travel. So, for me it was an adventure, an animal book, an eco-friendly, multicultural. The characters were brave and had a mission, and the family units were inter...

    Billy is known for his love of snakes, and while they are his animal of choice he feels compelled to protect all animals and also people who are being picked on. He often exacts his own form of justice on the bullies he encounters around him. It should be no surprise to him then, that ...

    Hiaasen has created another fascinating character in Billy Dickens. Snake-handler, lover of the wild outdoors, and unwitting protector of the underdog, he is not especially fond of small talk with humans. Dad left when Billy and his sister Belinda were little, and while he sends a chec...

    SQUIRM is another great read from Newbery Medal winning author, Carl Hiaasen. This book is not one of his adult offerings. Subjects and characters are geared to upper elementary-aged students and above. Carl Hiaasen?s titles have a wonderful sense of place; quirky, very detailed, ...

    Carl Hiaasen's juvenile books are never as whacked-out as those he writes for adults. Still, he manages to get a pro-environment and anti-development message into all of his books, as well as his love of Florida. This time, Billy Dickens is a middle school kid who likes snakes, sti...

  • Carolyn Stover
    Jun 20, 2018

    Some of Mr. Hiaasen's stories are good and some are not. This is aimed for a younger audience. 1 of 10 stars ...

    Billy Dickens is not your typical middle grader. Not only does he have a thing for snakes and is fascinated by them, but he also has a penchant for the underdogs in his school and the world around him. The child of two avid nature lovers, the boy has already lived in six different Flor...

    Copy provided by publisher Wonderful, totally up to this author's standards, but I gave to a student before I wrote the review and forget pertinent details! ...

    It was a lot of fun and with a good message, but felt like it lacked a lot of Hiaasen's usual humor. ...

    4.5. Funny. Sweet. All about families. Great characters. Lots of plot twists. Hard to put down ? ...

  • Denise Chojnacki
    Oct 15, 2018

    Some of Mr. Hiaasen's stories are good and some are not. This is aimed for a younger audience. 1 of 10 stars ...

    Billy Dickens is not your typical middle grader. Not only does he have a thing for snakes and is fascinated by them, but he also has a penchant for the underdogs in his school and the world around him. The child of two avid nature lovers, the boy has already lived in six different Flor...

    Copy provided by publisher Wonderful, totally up to this author's standards, but I gave to a student before I wrote the review and forget pertinent details! ...

    It was a lot of fun and with a good message, but felt like it lacked a lot of Hiaasen's usual humor. ...

    4.5. Funny. Sweet. All about families. Great characters. Lots of plot twists. Hard to put down ? ...

    Carl Hiaasen does it again. This is a delightful book that unites a couple of Florida kids with their AWOL father who has a new family in Montana. Dad goes out on secret missions and the Florida boy and Montana native American girl team up to find out what's actually going on. Both of ...

    This is the story of a middle schooler navigating his way through bullies in and out of school and his dysfunctional family. Bullies are bad, but a dysfunctional family is not always the case. Maybe that word needs to be replaced in this evolving society. It is a fact for a great popul...

    "Squirm" lacks some of the silliness and humor of Hiaasen's other books, but I think there's a certain level of solemnity that fits with the story. This latest story takes place both in Florida and Montana, and it has a unique tone--very different from Hiaasen's other Juvenile Fictions...

    Well, he has done it again. Carl Hiaasen has written a book that kids will find hard to put down once they start. Billy Dickens like snakes (ewwwwweeeeeee). He is a friend to most animals and with a mother like his you can understand why. His mom is crazy about Bald Eagles. She follows...

    I try to read every Carl Hiaasen book that I can find, both children's and adult. A coworker who knows I'm a big fan passed this book on to me. All opinions are my own. The main character, Billy, lives with his mother and older sister in Florida and tend to move around a lot. Mom li...

    I think this book is very entertaining. It's characters are perfect for all level of readers, especially ones who like to travel. So, for me it was an adventure, an animal book, an eco-friendly, multicultural. The characters were brave and had a mission, and the family units were inter...

    Billy is known for his love of snakes, and while they are his animal of choice he feels compelled to protect all animals and also people who are being picked on. He often exacts his own form of justice on the bullies he encounters around him. It should be no surprise to him then, that ...

    Hiaasen has created another fascinating character in Billy Dickens. Snake-handler, lover of the wild outdoors, and unwitting protector of the underdog, he is not especially fond of small talk with humans. Dad left when Billy and his sister Belinda were little, and while he sends a chec...

    SQUIRM is another great read from Newbery Medal winning author, Carl Hiaasen. This book is not one of his adult offerings. Subjects and characters are geared to upper elementary-aged students and above. Carl Hiaasen?s titles have a wonderful sense of place; quirky, very detailed, ...

    Carl Hiaasen's juvenile books are never as whacked-out as those he writes for adults. Still, he manages to get a pro-environment and anti-development message into all of his books, as well as his love of Florida. This time, Billy Dickens is a middle school kid who likes snakes, sti...

    Another book reviewed for my Kid's Choice awards. As much as I enjoy Carl Hiassen's books and how interesting his stories are, I won't be using this for the intended purpose simply because of the age range. This book is fine for Young Adults but there is mild cussing and a few more mat...

  • Tim
    Oct 14, 2018

    Some of Mr. Hiaasen's stories are good and some are not. This is aimed for a younger audience. 1 of 10 stars ...

  • Sidney
    Apr 27, 2018

    Some of Mr. Hiaasen's stories are good and some are not. This is aimed for a younger audience. 1 of 10 stars ...

    Billy Dickens is not your typical middle grader. Not only does he have a thing for snakes and is fascinated by them, but he also has a penchant for the underdogs in his school and the world around him. The child of two avid nature lovers, the boy has already lived in six different Flor...

    Copy provided by publisher Wonderful, totally up to this author's standards, but I gave to a student before I wrote the review and forget pertinent details! ...

    It was a lot of fun and with a good message, but felt like it lacked a lot of Hiaasen's usual humor. ...

    4.5. Funny. Sweet. All about families. Great characters. Lots of plot twists. Hard to put down ? ...

    Carl Hiaasen does it again. This is a delightful book that unites a couple of Florida kids with their AWOL father who has a new family in Montana. Dad goes out on secret missions and the Florida boy and Montana native American girl team up to find out what's actually going on. Both of ...

    This is the story of a middle schooler navigating his way through bullies in and out of school and his dysfunctional family. Bullies are bad, but a dysfunctional family is not always the case. Maybe that word needs to be replaced in this evolving society. It is a fact for a great popul...

    "Squirm" lacks some of the silliness and humor of Hiaasen's other books, but I think there's a certain level of solemnity that fits with the story. This latest story takes place both in Florida and Montana, and it has a unique tone--very different from Hiaasen's other Juvenile Fictions...

    Well, he has done it again. Carl Hiaasen has written a book that kids will find hard to put down once they start. Billy Dickens like snakes (ewwwwweeeeeee). He is a friend to most animals and with a mother like his you can understand why. His mom is crazy about Bald Eagles. She follows...

    I try to read every Carl Hiaasen book that I can find, both children's and adult. A coworker who knows I'm a big fan passed this book on to me. All opinions are my own. The main character, Billy, lives with his mother and older sister in Florida and tend to move around a lot. Mom li...

    I think this book is very entertaining. It's characters are perfect for all level of readers, especially ones who like to travel. So, for me it was an adventure, an animal book, an eco-friendly, multicultural. The characters were brave and had a mission, and the family units were inter...

    Billy is known for his love of snakes, and while they are his animal of choice he feels compelled to protect all animals and also people who are being picked on. He often exacts his own form of justice on the bullies he encounters around him. It should be no surprise to him then, that ...

    Hiaasen has created another fascinating character in Billy Dickens. Snake-handler, lover of the wild outdoors, and unwitting protector of the underdog, he is not especially fond of small talk with humans. Dad left when Billy and his sister Belinda were little, and while he sends a chec...

    SQUIRM is another great read from Newbery Medal winning author, Carl Hiaasen. This book is not one of his adult offerings. Subjects and characters are geared to upper elementary-aged students and above. Carl Hiaasen?s titles have a wonderful sense of place; quirky, very detailed, ...

    Carl Hiaasen's juvenile books are never as whacked-out as those he writes for adults. Still, he manages to get a pro-environment and anti-development message into all of his books, as well as his love of Florida. This time, Billy Dickens is a middle school kid who likes snakes, sti...

    Another book reviewed for my Kid's Choice awards. As much as I enjoy Carl Hiassen's books and how interesting his stories are, I won't be using this for the intended purpose simply because of the age range. This book is fine for Young Adults but there is mild cussing and a few more mat...

    Billy Dickens, champion of the underdog, would rather deal with snakes than people, travels from Florida to Montana in search of his absentee father and stumbles into a mystery. Like all of Hiaasen's books, there is an environmental theme. In this case it's more pronounced than ever w...

    SQUIRM had me hooked from the very first page. When Billy Dickens pieces together his absent father's address, he swipes his mom's credit card for a plane ticket to Montana for a surprise visit. From there, his dad's whereabouts become all the more mysterious, disappearing for days at ...

    Some time ago, Hiaasen turned to writing YA novels, and it certainly doesn't diminish his writing abilities. His stories are always pro-environment, with antagonists that rank somewhere between dumb, and evil, often both. There's also humor leavened in each book. Some more than others....

    My first Hiaasen, I had trouble putting this one down. The story of a boy who leaves Florida for Montana to find his estranged father and get some answers, he finds a likable stepsister and stepmother, some outstanding nature far different from that of his Florida life, and a mystery t...

    Probably the best of Hiaasen?s children?s books. Whereas the other books still feel like adult Hiaasen books with the protagonists switched with children, this one was more child-oriented throughout without losing Hiaasen?s signature style. No profanity, no adult situations, an a...

    Again, and I've probably said this a hundred times, you just can't go wrong with a Hiaasen book. Even his YA series is entertaining. This one, Squirm, follows in the same suit as the rest of his tree hugging, nature loving series. Billy and his mom and sister live in FL. His father, ou...

  • Sarai Davila
    Oct 15, 2018

    Some of Mr. Hiaasen's stories are good and some are not. This is aimed for a younger audience. 1 of 10 stars ...

    Billy Dickens is not your typical middle grader. Not only does he have a thing for snakes and is fascinated by them, but he also has a penchant for the underdogs in his school and the world around him. The child of two avid nature lovers, the boy has already lived in six different Flor...

    Copy provided by publisher Wonderful, totally up to this author's standards, but I gave to a student before I wrote the review and forget pertinent details! ...

    It was a lot of fun and with a good message, but felt like it lacked a lot of Hiaasen's usual humor. ...

    4.5. Funny. Sweet. All about families. Great characters. Lots of plot twists. Hard to put down ? ...

    Carl Hiaasen does it again. This is a delightful book that unites a couple of Florida kids with their AWOL father who has a new family in Montana. Dad goes out on secret missions and the Florida boy and Montana native American girl team up to find out what's actually going on. Both of ...

    This is the story of a middle schooler navigating his way through bullies in and out of school and his dysfunctional family. Bullies are bad, but a dysfunctional family is not always the case. Maybe that word needs to be replaced in this evolving society. It is a fact for a great popul...

    "Squirm" lacks some of the silliness and humor of Hiaasen's other books, but I think there's a certain level of solemnity that fits with the story. This latest story takes place both in Florida and Montana, and it has a unique tone--very different from Hiaasen's other Juvenile Fictions...

  • Joe Slavinsky
    Oct 12, 2018

    Some of Mr. Hiaasen's stories are good and some are not. This is aimed for a younger audience. 1 of 10 stars ...

    Billy Dickens is not your typical middle grader. Not only does he have a thing for snakes and is fascinated by them, but he also has a penchant for the underdogs in his school and the world around him. The child of two avid nature lovers, the boy has already lived in six different Flor...

    Copy provided by publisher Wonderful, totally up to this author's standards, but I gave to a student before I wrote the review and forget pertinent details! ...

    It was a lot of fun and with a good message, but felt like it lacked a lot of Hiaasen's usual humor. ...

    4.5. Funny. Sweet. All about families. Great characters. Lots of plot twists. Hard to put down ? ...

    Carl Hiaasen does it again. This is a delightful book that unites a couple of Florida kids with their AWOL father who has a new family in Montana. Dad goes out on secret missions and the Florida boy and Montana native American girl team up to find out what's actually going on. Both of ...

    This is the story of a middle schooler navigating his way through bullies in and out of school and his dysfunctional family. Bullies are bad, but a dysfunctional family is not always the case. Maybe that word needs to be replaced in this evolving society. It is a fact for a great popul...

    "Squirm" lacks some of the silliness and humor of Hiaasen's other books, but I think there's a certain level of solemnity that fits with the story. This latest story takes place both in Florida and Montana, and it has a unique tone--very different from Hiaasen's other Juvenile Fictions...

    Well, he has done it again. Carl Hiaasen has written a book that kids will find hard to put down once they start. Billy Dickens like snakes (ewwwwweeeeeee). He is a friend to most animals and with a mother like his you can understand why. His mom is crazy about Bald Eagles. She follows...

    I try to read every Carl Hiaasen book that I can find, both children's and adult. A coworker who knows I'm a big fan passed this book on to me. All opinions are my own. The main character, Billy, lives with his mother and older sister in Florida and tend to move around a lot. Mom li...

    I think this book is very entertaining. It's characters are perfect for all level of readers, especially ones who like to travel. So, for me it was an adventure, an animal book, an eco-friendly, multicultural. The characters were brave and had a mission, and the family units were inter...

    Billy is known for his love of snakes, and while they are his animal of choice he feels compelled to protect all animals and also people who are being picked on. He often exacts his own form of justice on the bullies he encounters around him. It should be no surprise to him then, that ...

    Hiaasen has created another fascinating character in Billy Dickens. Snake-handler, lover of the wild outdoors, and unwitting protector of the underdog, he is not especially fond of small talk with humans. Dad left when Billy and his sister Belinda were little, and while he sends a chec...

    SQUIRM is another great read from Newbery Medal winning author, Carl Hiaasen. This book is not one of his adult offerings. Subjects and characters are geared to upper elementary-aged students and above. Carl Hiaasen?s titles have a wonderful sense of place; quirky, very detailed, ...

    Carl Hiaasen's juvenile books are never as whacked-out as those he writes for adults. Still, he manages to get a pro-environment and anti-development message into all of his books, as well as his love of Florida. This time, Billy Dickens is a middle school kid who likes snakes, sti...

    Another book reviewed for my Kid's Choice awards. As much as I enjoy Carl Hiassen's books and how interesting his stories are, I won't be using this for the intended purpose simply because of the age range. This book is fine for Young Adults but there is mild cussing and a few more mat...

    Billy Dickens, champion of the underdog, would rather deal with snakes than people, travels from Florida to Montana in search of his absentee father and stumbles into a mystery. Like all of Hiaasen's books, there is an environmental theme. In this case it's more pronounced than ever w...

    SQUIRM had me hooked from the very first page. When Billy Dickens pieces together his absent father's address, he swipes his mom's credit card for a plane ticket to Montana for a surprise visit. From there, his dad's whereabouts become all the more mysterious, disappearing for days at ...

    Some time ago, Hiaasen turned to writing YA novels, and it certainly doesn't diminish his writing abilities. His stories are always pro-environment, with antagonists that rank somewhere between dumb, and evil, often both. There's also humor leavened in each book. Some more than others....

  • Ann Pisarello
    Sep 30, 2018

    Some of Mr. Hiaasen's stories are good and some are not. This is aimed for a younger audience. 1 of 10 stars ...

    Billy Dickens is not your typical middle grader. Not only does he have a thing for snakes and is fascinated by them, but he also has a penchant for the underdogs in his school and the world around him. The child of two avid nature lovers, the boy has already lived in six different Flor...

    Copy provided by publisher Wonderful, totally up to this author's standards, but I gave to a student before I wrote the review and forget pertinent details! ...

    It was a lot of fun and with a good message, but felt like it lacked a lot of Hiaasen's usual humor. ...

    4.5. Funny. Sweet. All about families. Great characters. Lots of plot twists. Hard to put down ? ...

    Carl Hiaasen does it again. This is a delightful book that unites a couple of Florida kids with their AWOL father who has a new family in Montana. Dad goes out on secret missions and the Florida boy and Montana native American girl team up to find out what's actually going on. Both of ...

    This is the story of a middle schooler navigating his way through bullies in and out of school and his dysfunctional family. Bullies are bad, but a dysfunctional family is not always the case. Maybe that word needs to be replaced in this evolving society. It is a fact for a great popul...

    "Squirm" lacks some of the silliness and humor of Hiaasen's other books, but I think there's a certain level of solemnity that fits with the story. This latest story takes place both in Florida and Montana, and it has a unique tone--very different from Hiaasen's other Juvenile Fictions...

    Well, he has done it again. Carl Hiaasen has written a book that kids will find hard to put down once they start. Billy Dickens like snakes (ewwwwweeeeeee). He is a friend to most animals and with a mother like his you can understand why. His mom is crazy about Bald Eagles. She follows...

    I try to read every Carl Hiaasen book that I can find, both children's and adult. A coworker who knows I'm a big fan passed this book on to me. All opinions are my own. The main character, Billy, lives with his mother and older sister in Florida and tend to move around a lot. Mom li...

    I think this book is very entertaining. It's characters are perfect for all level of readers, especially ones who like to travel. So, for me it was an adventure, an animal book, an eco-friendly, multicultural. The characters were brave and had a mission, and the family units were inter...

    Billy is known for his love of snakes, and while they are his animal of choice he feels compelled to protect all animals and also people who are being picked on. He often exacts his own form of justice on the bullies he encounters around him. It should be no surprise to him then, that ...

    Hiaasen has created another fascinating character in Billy Dickens. Snake-handler, lover of the wild outdoors, and unwitting protector of the underdog, he is not especially fond of small talk with humans. Dad left when Billy and his sister Belinda were little, and while he sends a chec...

    SQUIRM is another great read from Newbery Medal winning author, Carl Hiaasen. This book is not one of his adult offerings. Subjects and characters are geared to upper elementary-aged students and above. Carl Hiaasen?s titles have a wonderful sense of place; quirky, very detailed, ...

    Carl Hiaasen's juvenile books are never as whacked-out as those he writes for adults. Still, he manages to get a pro-environment and anti-development message into all of his books, as well as his love of Florida. This time, Billy Dickens is a middle school kid who likes snakes, sti...

    Another book reviewed for my Kid's Choice awards. As much as I enjoy Carl Hiassen's books and how interesting his stories are, I won't be using this for the intended purpose simply because of the age range. This book is fine for Young Adults but there is mild cussing and a few more mat...

    Billy Dickens, champion of the underdog, would rather deal with snakes than people, travels from Florida to Montana in search of his absentee father and stumbles into a mystery. Like all of Hiaasen's books, there is an environmental theme. In this case it's more pronounced than ever w...

    SQUIRM had me hooked from the very first page. When Billy Dickens pieces together his absent father's address, he swipes his mom's credit card for a plane ticket to Montana for a surprise visit. From there, his dad's whereabouts become all the more mysterious, disappearing for days at ...

    Some time ago, Hiaasen turned to writing YA novels, and it certainly doesn't diminish his writing abilities. His stories are always pro-environment, with antagonists that rank somewhere between dumb, and evil, often both. There's also humor leavened in each book. Some more than others....

    My first Hiaasen, I had trouble putting this one down. The story of a boy who leaves Florida for Montana to find his estranged father and get some answers, he finds a likable stepsister and stepmother, some outstanding nature far different from that of his Florida life, and a mystery t...

    Probably the best of Hiaasen?s children?s books. Whereas the other books still feel like adult Hiaasen books with the protagonists switched with children, this one was more child-oriented throughout without losing Hiaasen?s signature style. No profanity, no adult situations, an a...

    Again, and I've probably said this a hundred times, you just can't go wrong with a Hiaasen book. Even his YA series is entertaining. This one, Squirm, follows in the same suit as the rest of his tree hugging, nature loving series. Billy and his mom and sister live in FL. His father, ou...

    More of a 3.5, but that?s only because Scat is my fave. Squirm was good enough and kids who like Hiaasen will enjoy it. I especially like the connection with the dad and the Native American connections and I think it?s the first time Florida hasn?t been the only setting. Also the...

    Billy's environmental vigilante tendencies go into high gear when he finds his father, who left the family many years prior. The book set in Florida and Montana has great characters, but it wasn't as much of a page-turner for me as some. Admittedly, after Skink No Surrender my expectat...

    With an opening that is bound to hook any guy or nature loving gal, this is a hilarious, yet serious topic. If there were more people like Billy there would be far less bullying not only in our schools, but among some self-indulging adults as well. Hiaasen's YA books have yet to disapp...

    Cute, entertaining story about Billy Dickins, a middle schooler who hears a different drum. His mom has moved him and his sister all over Florida in persuit of nesting Eagles. Now he is reconnecting with his dad, in Montana. This is a light uplifting story meant for young adults, but g...

  • Regester Family
    Oct 14, 2018

    Some of Mr. Hiaasen's stories are good and some are not. This is aimed for a younger audience. 1 of 10 stars ...

    Billy Dickens is not your typical middle grader. Not only does he have a thing for snakes and is fascinated by them, but he also has a penchant for the underdogs in his school and the world around him. The child of two avid nature lovers, the boy has already lived in six different Flor...

    Copy provided by publisher Wonderful, totally up to this author's standards, but I gave to a student before I wrote the review and forget pertinent details! ...

    It was a lot of fun and with a good message, but felt like it lacked a lot of Hiaasen's usual humor. ...

    4.5. Funny. Sweet. All about families. Great characters. Lots of plot twists. Hard to put down ? ...

    Carl Hiaasen does it again. This is a delightful book that unites a couple of Florida kids with their AWOL father who has a new family in Montana. Dad goes out on secret missions and the Florida boy and Montana native American girl team up to find out what's actually going on. Both of ...

    This is the story of a middle schooler navigating his way through bullies in and out of school and his dysfunctional family. Bullies are bad, but a dysfunctional family is not always the case. Maybe that word needs to be replaced in this evolving society. It is a fact for a great popul...

    "Squirm" lacks some of the silliness and humor of Hiaasen's other books, but I think there's a certain level of solemnity that fits with the story. This latest story takes place both in Florida and Montana, and it has a unique tone--very different from Hiaasen's other Juvenile Fictions...

    Well, he has done it again. Carl Hiaasen has written a book that kids will find hard to put down once they start. Billy Dickens like snakes (ewwwwweeeeeee). He is a friend to most animals and with a mother like his you can understand why. His mom is crazy about Bald Eagles. She follows...

    I try to read every Carl Hiaasen book that I can find, both children's and adult. A coworker who knows I'm a big fan passed this book on to me. All opinions are my own. The main character, Billy, lives with his mother and older sister in Florida and tend to move around a lot. Mom li...

    I think this book is very entertaining. It's characters are perfect for all level of readers, especially ones who like to travel. So, for me it was an adventure, an animal book, an eco-friendly, multicultural. The characters were brave and had a mission, and the family units were inter...

    Billy is known for his love of snakes, and while they are his animal of choice he feels compelled to protect all animals and also people who are being picked on. He often exacts his own form of justice on the bullies he encounters around him. It should be no surprise to him then, that ...

    Hiaasen has created another fascinating character in Billy Dickens. Snake-handler, lover of the wild outdoors, and unwitting protector of the underdog, he is not especially fond of small talk with humans. Dad left when Billy and his sister Belinda were little, and while he sends a chec...

    SQUIRM is another great read from Newbery Medal winning author, Carl Hiaasen. This book is not one of his adult offerings. Subjects and characters are geared to upper elementary-aged students and above. Carl Hiaasen?s titles have a wonderful sense of place; quirky, very detailed, ...

    Carl Hiaasen's juvenile books are never as whacked-out as those he writes for adults. Still, he manages to get a pro-environment and anti-development message into all of his books, as well as his love of Florida. This time, Billy Dickens is a middle school kid who likes snakes, sti...

    Another book reviewed for my Kid's Choice awards. As much as I enjoy Carl Hiassen's books and how interesting his stories are, I won't be using this for the intended purpose simply because of the age range. This book is fine for Young Adults but there is mild cussing and a few more mat...

    Billy Dickens, champion of the underdog, would rather deal with snakes than people, travels from Florida to Montana in search of his absentee father and stumbles into a mystery. Like all of Hiaasen's books, there is an environmental theme. In this case it's more pronounced than ever w...

    SQUIRM had me hooked from the very first page. When Billy Dickens pieces together his absent father's address, he swipes his mom's credit card for a plane ticket to Montana for a surprise visit. From there, his dad's whereabouts become all the more mysterious, disappearing for days at ...

    Some time ago, Hiaasen turned to writing YA novels, and it certainly doesn't diminish his writing abilities. His stories are always pro-environment, with antagonists that rank somewhere between dumb, and evil, often both. There's also humor leavened in each book. Some more than others....

    My first Hiaasen, I had trouble putting this one down. The story of a boy who leaves Florida for Montana to find his estranged father and get some answers, he finds a likable stepsister and stepmother, some outstanding nature far different from that of his Florida life, and a mystery t...

    Probably the best of Hiaasen?s children?s books. Whereas the other books still feel like adult Hiaasen books with the protagonists switched with children, this one was more child-oriented throughout without losing Hiaasen?s signature style. No profanity, no adult situations, an a...

    Again, and I've probably said this a hundred times, you just can't go wrong with a Hiaasen book. Even his YA series is entertaining. This one, Squirm, follows in the same suit as the rest of his tree hugging, nature loving series. Billy and his mom and sister live in FL. His father, ou...

    More of a 3.5, but that?s only because Scat is my fave. Squirm was good enough and kids who like Hiaasen will enjoy it. I especially like the connection with the dad and the Native American connections and I think it?s the first time Florida hasn?t been the only setting. Also the...

    Billy's environmental vigilante tendencies go into high gear when he finds his father, who left the family many years prior. The book set in Florida and Montana has great characters, but it wasn't as much of a page-turner for me as some. Admittedly, after Skink No Surrender my expectat...

    With an opening that is bound to hook any guy or nature loving gal, this is a hilarious, yet serious topic. If there were more people like Billy there would be far less bullying not only in our schools, but among some self-indulging adults as well. Hiaasen's YA books have yet to disapp...

    Cute, entertaining story about Billy Dickins, a middle schooler who hears a different drum. His mom has moved him and his sister all over Florida in persuit of nesting Eagles. Now he is reconnecting with his dad, in Montana. This is a light uplifting story meant for young adults, but g...

    Very much enjoyed this YA book. Carl Hiaasen has a unique style and overall his storylines involve issues I believe in also. His families are quirky but that's part of the appeal. Kids like reading about families that aren't perfect but they still manage to cope with life. ...

    I really liked this book because of all of the adventure and suspense. I really liked Billy as a character because of his bravery. I also liked how he would stick up for people all the time. This was a really good book that I recomend to people who like action and adventure. ...

    Good for young readers Interesting story. Cliched characters and plot. Liked the nature information. Maybe thought provocing for middle schoolers. Not at all suspenseful. Characters not as well developed as his adult books. ...

  • Elena Sotelo-McCrary
    Jul 06, 2018

    Some of Mr. Hiaasen's stories are good and some are not. This is aimed for a younger audience. 1 of 10 stars ...

    Billy Dickens is not your typical middle grader. Not only does he have a thing for snakes and is fascinated by them, but he also has a penchant for the underdogs in his school and the world around him. The child of two avid nature lovers, the boy has already lived in six different Flor...

    Copy provided by publisher Wonderful, totally up to this author's standards, but I gave to a student before I wrote the review and forget pertinent details! ...

    It was a lot of fun and with a good message, but felt like it lacked a lot of Hiaasen's usual humor. ...

    4.5. Funny. Sweet. All about families. Great characters. Lots of plot twists. Hard to put down ? ...

    Carl Hiaasen does it again. This is a delightful book that unites a couple of Florida kids with their AWOL father who has a new family in Montana. Dad goes out on secret missions and the Florida boy and Montana native American girl team up to find out what's actually going on. Both of ...

    This is the story of a middle schooler navigating his way through bullies in and out of school and his dysfunctional family. Bullies are bad, but a dysfunctional family is not always the case. Maybe that word needs to be replaced in this evolving society. It is a fact for a great popul...

    "Squirm" lacks some of the silliness and humor of Hiaasen's other books, but I think there's a certain level of solemnity that fits with the story. This latest story takes place both in Florida and Montana, and it has a unique tone--very different from Hiaasen's other Juvenile Fictions...

    Well, he has done it again. Carl Hiaasen has written a book that kids will find hard to put down once they start. Billy Dickens like snakes (ewwwwweeeeeee). He is a friend to most animals and with a mother like his you can understand why. His mom is crazy about Bald Eagles. She follows...

    I try to read every Carl Hiaasen book that I can find, both children's and adult. A coworker who knows I'm a big fan passed this book on to me. All opinions are my own. The main character, Billy, lives with his mother and older sister in Florida and tend to move around a lot. Mom li...

    I think this book is very entertaining. It's characters are perfect for all level of readers, especially ones who like to travel. So, for me it was an adventure, an animal book, an eco-friendly, multicultural. The characters were brave and had a mission, and the family units were inter...

  • Aidan
    Oct 13, 2018

    Some of Mr. Hiaasen's stories are good and some are not. This is aimed for a younger audience. 1 of 10 stars ...

    Billy Dickens is not your typical middle grader. Not only does he have a thing for snakes and is fascinated by them, but he also has a penchant for the underdogs in his school and the world around him. The child of two avid nature lovers, the boy has already lived in six different Flor...

    Copy provided by publisher Wonderful, totally up to this author's standards, but I gave to a student before I wrote the review and forget pertinent details! ...

    It was a lot of fun and with a good message, but felt like it lacked a lot of Hiaasen's usual humor. ...

    4.5. Funny. Sweet. All about families. Great characters. Lots of plot twists. Hard to put down ? ...

    Carl Hiaasen does it again. This is a delightful book that unites a couple of Florida kids with their AWOL father who has a new family in Montana. Dad goes out on secret missions and the Florida boy and Montana native American girl team up to find out what's actually going on. Both of ...

    This is the story of a middle schooler navigating his way through bullies in and out of school and his dysfunctional family. Bullies are bad, but a dysfunctional family is not always the case. Maybe that word needs to be replaced in this evolving society. It is a fact for a great popul...

    "Squirm" lacks some of the silliness and humor of Hiaasen's other books, but I think there's a certain level of solemnity that fits with the story. This latest story takes place both in Florida and Montana, and it has a unique tone--very different from Hiaasen's other Juvenile Fictions...

    Well, he has done it again. Carl Hiaasen has written a book that kids will find hard to put down once they start. Billy Dickens like snakes (ewwwwweeeeeee). He is a friend to most animals and with a mother like his you can understand why. His mom is crazy about Bald Eagles. She follows...

    I try to read every Carl Hiaasen book that I can find, both children's and adult. A coworker who knows I'm a big fan passed this book on to me. All opinions are my own. The main character, Billy, lives with his mother and older sister in Florida and tend to move around a lot. Mom li...

    I think this book is very entertaining. It's characters are perfect for all level of readers, especially ones who like to travel. So, for me it was an adventure, an animal book, an eco-friendly, multicultural. The characters were brave and had a mission, and the family units were inter...

    Billy is known for his love of snakes, and while they are his animal of choice he feels compelled to protect all animals and also people who are being picked on. He often exacts his own form of justice on the bullies he encounters around him. It should be no surprise to him then, that ...

    Hiaasen has created another fascinating character in Billy Dickens. Snake-handler, lover of the wild outdoors, and unwitting protector of the underdog, he is not especially fond of small talk with humans. Dad left when Billy and his sister Belinda were little, and while he sends a chec...

    SQUIRM is another great read from Newbery Medal winning author, Carl Hiaasen. This book is not one of his adult offerings. Subjects and characters are geared to upper elementary-aged students and above. Carl Hiaasen?s titles have a wonderful sense of place; quirky, very detailed, ...

    Carl Hiaasen's juvenile books are never as whacked-out as those he writes for adults. Still, he manages to get a pro-environment and anti-development message into all of his books, as well as his love of Florida. This time, Billy Dickens is a middle school kid who likes snakes, sti...

    Another book reviewed for my Kid's Choice awards. As much as I enjoy Carl Hiassen's books and how interesting his stories are, I won't be using this for the intended purpose simply because of the age range. This book is fine for Young Adults but there is mild cussing and a few more mat...

    Billy Dickens, champion of the underdog, would rather deal with snakes than people, travels from Florida to Montana in search of his absentee father and stumbles into a mystery. Like all of Hiaasen's books, there is an environmental theme. In this case it's more pronounced than ever w...

    SQUIRM had me hooked from the very first page. When Billy Dickens pieces together his absent father's address, he swipes his mom's credit card for a plane ticket to Montana for a surprise visit. From there, his dad's whereabouts become all the more mysterious, disappearing for days at ...

    Some time ago, Hiaasen turned to writing YA novels, and it certainly doesn't diminish his writing abilities. His stories are always pro-environment, with antagonists that rank somewhere between dumb, and evil, often both. There's also humor leavened in each book. Some more than others....

    My first Hiaasen, I had trouble putting this one down. The story of a boy who leaves Florida for Montana to find his estranged father and get some answers, he finds a likable stepsister and stepmother, some outstanding nature far different from that of his Florida life, and a mystery t...

    Probably the best of Hiaasen?s children?s books. Whereas the other books still feel like adult Hiaasen books with the protagonists switched with children, this one was more child-oriented throughout without losing Hiaasen?s signature style. No profanity, no adult situations, an a...

    Again, and I've probably said this a hundred times, you just can't go wrong with a Hiaasen book. Even his YA series is entertaining. This one, Squirm, follows in the same suit as the rest of his tree hugging, nature loving series. Billy and his mom and sister live in FL. His father, ou...

    More of a 3.5, but that?s only because Scat is my fave. Squirm was good enough and kids who like Hiaasen will enjoy it. I especially like the connection with the dad and the Native American connections and I think it?s the first time Florida hasn?t been the only setting. Also the...

    Billy's environmental vigilante tendencies go into high gear when he finds his father, who left the family many years prior. The book set in Florida and Montana has great characters, but it wasn't as much of a page-turner for me as some. Admittedly, after Skink No Surrender my expectat...

    With an opening that is bound to hook any guy or nature loving gal, this is a hilarious, yet serious topic. If there were more people like Billy there would be far less bullying not only in our schools, but among some self-indulging adults as well. Hiaasen's YA books have yet to disapp...

    Cute, entertaining story about Billy Dickins, a middle schooler who hears a different drum. His mom has moved him and his sister all over Florida in persuit of nesting Eagles. Now he is reconnecting with his dad, in Montana. This is a light uplifting story meant for young adults, but g...

    Very much enjoyed this YA book. Carl Hiaasen has a unique style and overall his storylines involve issues I believe in also. His families are quirky but that's part of the appeal. Kids like reading about families that aren't perfect but they still manage to cope with life. ...

    I really liked this book because of all of the adventure and suspense. I really liked Billy as a character because of his bravery. I also liked how he would stick up for people all the time. This was a really good book that I recomend to people who like action and adventure. ...