Roy Eberhardt is recently arrived in Florida. `Disney World is an armpit compared to Montana', he announces. Roy's family moves a lot so he's used to the new-kid drill - and to bullies like Dana Matherson. And anyway, it's because of Dana that Roy gets to see the mysterious running boy - who runs away from the school bus and who has no books, no backpack and, most oddly, no shoes.
Sensing a mystery Roy starts to trail the mystery runner - a chase that will introduce him to many weird Floridian creatures: potty-trained alligators, some cute burrowing owls, a fake-fart champion, a sinister pancake PR man and some snakes with sparkly tails...Suddenly life in Florida is looking up!
Carl Hiaasen has been writing about Florida since he was given a typewriter at the age of six. This is his first novel for children, following nine successful adult novels, all in print with Pan Macmillan. His latest novel, BASKET CASE, was a Sunday Times hardcover bestseller for over a month on publication in March 2002. As well as fiction, Hiaasen writes columns for the Miami Herald.