by Carl Hiaasen


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Take a romp in the swamp with this New York Times bestselling mystery adventure set in the Florida Keys from Newbery Honoree Carl Hiaasen!

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

Now Noah is determined to succeed where his dad failed. He will prove that the Coral Queen is dumping illegally . . . somehow.

“The writing is pitch perfect.” —The New York Times
“A royal flush.” —Chicago Sun-Times
“Classic Hiaasen—laugh-out-loud satire in a Florida setting.” —Life

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375861253
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 05/11/2010
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 15,731
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

CARL HIAASEN was born and raised in Florida. He writes a column for the Miami Herald and is the author of many bestselling novels including Bad Monkey, Star Island, and Nautre Girl.

His books for younger readers include the Newbery Honor winner Hoot, as well as Flush, Scat, and Chomp. Skink—No Surrender was Hiaasen's first book for teens and features one of his most iconic characters, the reclusive ex-governor of Florida now known as Skink.

You can read more about Hiaasen's work at carlhiaasen.com.


Tavernier, Florida

Place of Birth:

South Florida


Emory University; B.A., University of Florida, 1974

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By Carl Hiaasen

Knopf Books for Young Readers

Copyright © 2005 Carl Hiaasen
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-375-82182-1

Chapter One

The Coral Queen had gone down stern first in twelve feet of water. Her hull had settled on the marly bottom at a slight angle with the bow aiming upward.

She was a big one, too. Even at high tide, the top two decks were above the water line. It was like a big ugly apartment building had fallen out of the sky and landed in the basin.

Abbey hopped off my handlebars and walked to the water's edge. She planted her hands on her hips and stared at the crime scene.

"Whoa," she said. "He really did it this time."

"It's bad," I agreed.

The Coral Queen was one of those gambling boats where passengers line up to play blackjack and electronic poker, and to stuff their faces at the all-you-can-eat buffet. It didn't sound like a ton of fun to me, but the Coral Queen was packed to the rafters every night.

There was one major difference between Dusty Muleman's operation and the gambling cruises up in Miami: The Coral Queen didn't actually go anywhere. That's one reason it was so popular

By Florida law, gambling boats are supposed to travel at least three miles offshore-beyond the state boundaries-before anyone is allowed to start betting. Rough weather is real bad for business, because lots of customers get seasick. As soon as they start throwing up, they quit spending money.

According to my father, Dusty Muleman's dream was to open a gambling boat that never left the calm and safety of its harbor. That way, the passengers would never get too queasy to party.

Only Indian tribes are allowed to run casino operations in Florida, so Dusty somehow persuaded a couple of rich Miccosukees from Miami to buy the marina and make it part of their reservation. Dad said the government raised a stink but later backed off, because the Indians had better lawyers.

Anyway, Dusty got his gambling boat-and he got rich.

My dad had waited until three in the morning, when the last of the crew was gone, to sneak aboard. He'd untied the ropes and started one of the engines and idled out to the mouth of the basin, where he'd opened the seacocks and cut the hoses and disconnected the bilge pumps and then dived overboard.

The Coral Queen had gone down crosswise in the channel, which meant that no other vessels could get in or out of the basin. In other words, Dusty Muleman wasn't the only captain in town who wanted to strangle my dad on Father's Day.

I locked my bike to a buttonwood tree and walked down to the charter docks, Abbey trailing behind. Two small skiffs and a Coast Guard inflatable were nosing around the Coral Queen. We could hear the men in the skiffs talking about what had to be done to float the boat. It was a major project.

"He's lost his marbles," Abbey muttered.

"Who-Dad? No way," I said.

"Then why did he do it?"

"Because Dusty Muleman has been dumping his holding tank into the water," I said.

Abbey grimaced. "Yuck. From the toilets?"

"Yep. In the middle of the night, when there's nobody around."

"That is so gross."

"And totally illegal," I said. "He only does it to save money."

According to my father, Dusty Muleman was such a pathetic cheapskate that he wouldn't pay to have the Coral Queen's sewage hauled away. Instead his crew had standing orders to flush the waste into the basin, which was already murky. The tide later carried most of the filth out to open water.

"But why didn't Dad just call the Coast Guard?" my sister asked. "Wouldn't that have been the grown-up thing to do?"

"He told me he tried. He said he called everybody he could think of, but they could never catch Dusty in the act," I said. "Dad thinks somebody's tipping him off."

"Oh, please," Abbey groaned.

Now she was starting to annoy me.

"When wind and the current are right, the poop from the gambling boat floats out of the basin and down the shoreline," I said, "straight to Thunder Beach."

Abbey made a pukey face. "Ugh. So that's why they close the park sometimes."

"You know how many kids go swimming there? What Dusty's doing can make you real sick at both ends. Hospital-sick, Dad says. So it's not only disgusting, it's dangerous."

"Yeah, but-"

"I didn't say it was right, Abbey, what Dad did. I'm only telling you why."

My father hadn't even tried to get away. After swimming back to the dock, he'd sat down in a folding chair, opened a can of root beer and watched the Coral Queen go down. He was still there at dawn, sleeping, when the police arrived.

"So, what now?" Abbey asked.

A dark bluish slick surrounded the boat, and the men in the Coast Guard inflatable were laying out yellow floating bumpers, to keep the oil and grease from spreading. By sinking the Coral Queen, my father himself had managed to make quite a mess.

I said, "Dad asked me to help him."

Abbey made a face. "Help him what-break out of jail?"

"Get serious."

"Then what, Noah? Tell me."

I knew she wasn't going to like it. "He wants me to help him nail Dusty Muleman," I said.

A long silence followed, so I figured Abbey was thinking up something snarky to say. But it turned out that she wasn't.

"I didn't give Dad an answer yet," I said.

"I already know your answer," said my sister.

"His heart's in the right place, Abbey. It really is."

"It's not his heart I'm worried about, it's his brain," she said. "You'd better be careful, Noah."

"Are you going to tell Mom?"

"I haven't decided." She gave me a sideways look that told me she probably wouldn't.

Like I said, my sister's all right.


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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have you ever sneaked out of your house and spied on a Casino Boat that throws away poop in the ocean? Well Noah and his little sister Abbey sure has. The book Flush by Carl Hiassen is a book of adventure that includes a lot of action. Flush, is a vey good book that people of all ages would enjoy. Flush takes place in Florida, Keys in Thunder Beach. In Thunder Beach, there is this one Casino boat that that throws away poop in the ocean illegally. Dusty Muleman is the casino boat owner. He earns millions of money in one night, yet he stills try so save a little bit of money by throwing away human waste into the beach. Noah's dad is a man of nature. One day, he saw that Dusty Muleman trashing human waste in the ocean so he sunk the boat one day. Once Noah and his little sister figured out, they went on a adventure to proof that their dad is right. They start sneaking out of their house and make friends with strangers that used to work on the boat. They create a plan to destroy Dusty Muleman for sure. The book Flush is a excellent book to read with your family since this book is about a family solving a crisis. I also would recommend this book for people who likes mystery or adventure but I think that anyone would enjoy this book. If you start reading the book Flush you would keep wanting to read the book until the last page. Flush is an excellent book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Flush is a really good book. I am 11 and I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Flush is a really good book for ages 10 and up it is a challenge but a good book it is about a boy named Noah. Noah's dad has a little problem with anger control. He tried to stop the Coral Queen casino boat's illegal dumping by sinking the boat witch got his dad in trouble and the boat was up and running in 3 days it is a good book read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a wonderful and awesome book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great kids book! My daughter is in love with it. Five stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It took me a week to finish!!
AncientGreekGeek More than 1 year ago
I loved the book and anyone who says different I laugh at. I admit, the beginning was not all that great, but I really liked the ending. I think HOOT was better. SCAT and FLUSH are of similar quality
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much! I think it is awesome . I recommend it to any one who likes to read 11 birthdays, finally, and 13 gifts. The way the author desribes the charictars emmotions and feeling are imazing! I recommend it to all ages. There is also scat, hoot and his newest book chomp are also very good. GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story, I always enjoy Hiaasen. Poor editing though, made it difficult to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you like action, suspense, humor, and the enviorment? If so, read Flush! It is a beautifully written book that grabs your attention. It's NOT one of those books where your mind wanders and you start thinking of other stuff. You always want to know what happens next. You feel bad for the environment when you learn what people do to it because of the description in this uses. It wouldn't be good for a teaccher to read to his/her class because it includes bad words and there's a marriage on the rocks. (May divorce). All the same, it's a facinating book. I'm ten years old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Parents should be aware that this book has characters involved in domestic violence, alcoholism, and drunk driving and could give the impression that this lifestyle is acceptable. You may want to read the book yourself before giving to grade school readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite book of his! This book is well written. Iit is abouta boy who wants to sneek out a boat that is polluting the ocean ... or is it? There are many twists and turns! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time! I couldn't put it down. I would recomend it for anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I borrowed this book from the library on my nook and was impressed right away. First of all, it is a read that hooks me and maybe you to right into the story. Second of all,it is very understandable and is awesome. Carl Hiassen has really outdone himself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is the best book i have ever read. it is very cool. if you like fuuny but at the same time mysterious, you will definitely love this book. i read it in three days. awsome book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Carl Hiassan has had plenty of great books, and this one just tops them all! If you enjoy reading books about enviromentalists then this is the book for you. Fast paced and humorous, I personally loved it.
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I'm in love with this remarkable novel! It's humorous, yet suspenseful and edgy. It was an easy, but highly enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have also read this story is simply divine but not to thrilling when i read it it has to be more exciting ive read books tragic tigers sharks heart attacks and kid books all sorts of kinds books just call it.While i was reading this book i got bored and im only 11
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Carl Hiaasen has written an exhilarating award winner. Flush, Hiaasen’s engaging second novel for young readers, lures you in for an adventure through a 16 year old boy’s perspective. His Dad is in jail. Again. Apparently Noah’s dad thought sinking Dusty Muleman’s boat was the way to get him to stop dumping raw sewage. In this realistic fictional story, Hiaasen demonstrates strength and perseverance through Noah and Abbey Underwood. Hiaasen grew up in Florida and uses his life experience to build the setting of this novel. He has written four cliff hanging books for young readers. They include Hoot (a Newberry Medal winner), Flush, owner of 14 awards, Scat and his newest book Chomp. “I wait for the headlines to inspire me,” states Carl Hiaasen. “A royal flush!” – Chicago Sun Times. Are they right? Let’s take a jaw dropping trip into the modern Florida Keys. With dad in jail and mom out of her mind, Noah and Abbey take matters into their own hands. Could Abbey, a childhood biter, Noah, a passionate guy, and Shelly (the bartender on Dusty’s boat) come up with a creative plan to prove their father’s theory correct? Is it worth it? It’s going to take a wild imagination to find a plan so fitting and perfect to nail Dusty Muleman. Buckle up, because we’re going on a nail biting trip down south to the Florida Keys. “The writing is Pitch Perfect!” – New York Times. Carl Hiaasen uses wonderful language to describe the setting of the Florida Keys. For example, “In the distance, somewhere beyond the Gulf of Mexico, the sun was dropping through a coppery and cloudless heaven.” Another example describes Lice Peeking: “He was lounging on the front stoop, sucking on a cigarette.” When the Green Flash ignites, we dive into Noah’s mind for some vivid details. “When the flash of green came, it lasted for a magical flick of time- so brief and brilliant and beautiful, I was afraid I’d imagined it.” “Enough twists and turns to satisfy even the most serious adventure junkies.”- The Horn Book. Carl Hiaasen was very successful on his second novel for young readers, Flush. Hiaasen pulls you into the beauty of the Florida Keys with detailed imagery. If you like Flush’s action, you’d also like Chomp, Hoot and Scat. Chomp is packed with action in the lush Florida forest. Wahoo and his dad are off to the Everglades, helping Derek Badger on his next episode of Expedition Survival, until something unexpected happens. If you like to protest for what you believe in, then Hoot is the right book for you. Roy knows about the owl crime. The mystical Running Boy knows about this injustice, too. Can they save the owls from celebrities? If you want a page turning thriller, Scat would be a great choice. Does the class bully have something to do with Mrs. Startch’s disappearance after the arson at Black Vine Swamp? Are you up for a mystery? Are you looking for a reading hook? Ask Carl Hiaasen, maybe he’ll lend you one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The talking of enviorment issues makes you want to get up and clean up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This bookis a awsome mysteries. If you love mysteries then you will love this book. This book caute my attion.
FokinaAna More than 1 year ago
I¿ve always loved Carl Hiaasen¿s books. Such as, ¿Hoot¿, which was an amazing story about howls. Its details, voice, and overall suspense kept me on my toes. So I decided to read ¿Flush¿, another book by Carl Hiaasen. Its baby blue cover with an abstract fish drew me in by the hook, and the author¿s name printed in cursive established my expectations. However, this book was the most wearisome thing a human can possible write or read! I would rather spend agonizing hours cleaning horse droppings then reread this abomination. Its lack of detail, suspense, and interesting plot structure made me regret the day I got it from the library. The overall plot of the book was about a gambling ship, called the ¿Coral Queen¿, which was suspected of dropping waste in the water. The main characters, Noah, Abbey, and their father, where trying to prove this to the police and public. Nevertheless, nothing very interesting happened. Some characters did disappear from the story, or got into trouble by the police, which I guess was supposed to raise the readers¿ interest for the book, and stop the main characters from attaining their goal. However, the same processes, like characters getting into trouble, where repeated many times, and so, lost their power of interest. I wouldn¿t recommend ¿Flush¿ because book had no major imagery, lacked suspense, and I could predict the ending very easily. So, instead of grounding your kids, or if you want to punish someone, make them read this atrocious book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awesome it flushes all other books down the drain!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book a person can read. it is Funny, but at the same time mysterious. It took me 4 days to read this book and I'm a really slow reader!!! excellent