Summer reading equals Hiaasen

Along with the warming sun and blooming plants my thoughts turn to summer reading. One of my favorite authors is Carl Hiaasen. Hiaasen is a native Floridian, and his love for Florida features strongly in his books. Hiaasen is an investigative journalist for the Miami Herald, and where he writes about property developers, shady politicians, and their lack of care for the environment.

His novels take on similar themes, although with humorous and sometimes violent effect. His novels feature broad characters, outlandish situations, and have a satiric bite. My favorite novel of Hiaasen’s (so far) is Stormy Weather, which takes place after a devastating hurricane roars through southern Florida, and some tourists change their plans to explore the devastation.

Lately, in addition to his novels, Hiaasen has been writing books for younger readers. Hoot, a book about students trying to save the habitat of burrowing owls from a dishonest developer, was a 2003 Newbery Medal Honor Book; an award given by the American Library Association. Hiaasen has written a second book for young readers called Flush. To me, summer reading brings to mind an escape to the lush beauty of Florida and the exciting novels of Carl Hiaasen.

–Liz Mason, Technical Services Librarian

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