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Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers



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Wrecker needs to deal with smugglers, grave robbers, and pooping iguanas--just as soon as he finishes Zoom school. Welcome to another wild adventure in Carl Hiaasen's Florida!

Valdez Jones VIII calls himself Wrecker because his great-great-great-great-great-grandfather salvaged shipwrecks for a living.

So is it destiny, irony, or just bad luck when Wrecker comes across a speedboat that has run hard aground on a sand flat? The men in the boat don't want Wrecker to call for help--in fact, they'll pay him to forget he ever saw them.

Wrecker would be happy to forget, but he keeps seeing these men all over Key West--at the marina, in the cemetery, even right outside his own door. And now they want more than his silence--they want a lookout.

He'll have to dive deep into their shady dealings to figure out a way to escape this tangled net. . . .

Author: Carl Hiaasen
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Published: 09/26/2023
Pages: 336
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.00lbs
Size: 8.53h x 5.83w x 0.97d
ISBN: 9780593376287
Age Range: 10-UP

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 07/15/2023
Publishers Weekly 07/17/2023
Booklist 07/01/2023 pg. 68
Horn Book Magazine 09/01/2023 pg. 74

About the Author
CARL HIAASEN was born and raised in Florida, where he still lives. He is the author of many bestselling novels, including Squeeze Me and Razor Girl. His books for younger readers include the Newbery Honor winner Hoot, as well as Flush, Scat, Chomp, Skink--No Surrender, and Squirm.

You can read more about Hiaasen's work at, and follow him on social media on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter at @Carl_Hiaasen.
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