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``Flush'' by Carl Hiaasen, read by Michael Welch; Random House (five compact discs, five hours, 23 minutes, $30, unabridged)
Once again, children can delight in a Carl Hiaasen eco-thriller. Like his previous ``Hoot,'' this kid-focused tale tracks down some despicable bad guys: corporate wrongdoers who foul Florida's environment in search of profit. This time it's a gambling boat that flushes waste straight into the ocean, polluting Florida Keys beaches.
Brother and sister heroes Noah and Abbey have dual motivations: stopping the boat and clearing the name of their jailed dad, who tried to sink the vessel after pollution complaints were ignored. Although
Flush'' is fun, it lacks the outrageous plot twists ofHoot.'' Also, it deserves a PG rating for some language.
Reader Michael Welch keeps the tale moving, though, and kids will be hanging on his every word.
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