Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

August 10th, 2014 by

chomp-carl-hiaasenSubmitted by Alyssa, Age 13 from Ohio

Rating: ★★★★½

Wahoo Cray’s life is a zoo-literally. His father Mickey, is a professional animal wrangler,so Wahoo’s backyard is crawling with gators, snakes, raccoons, monkeys, and turtles. Thecritters, he can handle. His dad is the unpredictable one. When Mickey Cray takes a job with a reality-TV show called ”Expedition Survival!” Wahoo knows he’ll be doing some wrangling himself-to keep his father from strangling Derek Badger, the show’s outrageously inept and egotistical star. The job gets off to a harrowing start when Derek stages a near-disastrous scene with Alice, the Cray’s gigantic alligator. Things get even hairier after Derek, who foolishly believes his own PR, insists on using only wild animals in his stunts. Meanwhile, Wahoo has acquired a shadow named Tuna-a girl who’s sporting a shiner courtesy of her father and needs a place to hide out. Wahoo doesn’t know what else to do but bring her along on their everglades adventure. TV crew is on location for barely a day before Derek gets chomped by a bat and goes missing in a storm . Then, as search parties gather at the edge of the of the swamp Tuna’s dad shows up waving a gun…… Will anyone survive ”Expedition Survival?”