Scat by Carl Hiaasen
Scat by Carl Hiaasen - Fiction
Mrs. Starch disappears during a wildfire in the Black Vine Swamp while on a field trip with the Truman school;the school at which she works as a science teacher. A student named Smoke is suspected,due to his troubled past and fire experience;it ends up that Smoke is in fact innocent,and the Red Diamond oil company is to blame for the fire. The Red diamond oil company was doing illegal work in a section of the swamp. Mrs.Starch was never missing she was actually saving a baby panther and bringing it to it's mother.
My Ranking of the Book
Nick - Nick is a loyal,caring,and understanding boy. When his father is injured in Iraq he binds his left arm behind him so he can know what his father is feeling. He tries to comfort Marta when she is scared. He believes Smoke when no one else will.
Mrs.Starch - Mrs.Starch is really a caring and nature loving woman with a huge heart. All of her students think she is really mean and strict but she really just cares about there education and future. What kind of person abandons work just to save a baby panther and bring it back to its mother? You would have to be a pretty special person to do so.