When young Wahoo agrees to do the ‘Expedition Survival’ reality show, he doesn’t know what he’s in for. Wahoo’s father, Mickey Cray is a professional animal wrangler. This means that they have gators, snakes, raccoons, monkeys, turtles and all manner of critters right in their own house! If you love wildlife and get excited at the idea of handling snakes and alligators this book holds enough and more entertainment for you. Derek Badger, the star of ‘Expedition Survival’ is arrogant, inept and egotistical. He gets himself bitten by all kinds of creatures and gets entangled in sticky situations.
Children can quickly relate to the emotional struggles of young Wahoo, who feels ‘different’. Firstly because of his wacky name and also because of his quiet and introverted nature. When Wahoo meets Tuna, who gets beaten up by her drunken father he feels immediately sympathetic to her plight and insists that she travels with him and his father. As the two grow and bond, there is even an element of romance in their relationship. But what will happen when Tuna’s drunk father shows up at their campsite waving a gun?
Also, don’t miss Hiaasen’s two best-selling environmental thrillers Hoot and Scat. They are both adventure novels in which school-age children take on big company officials in order to protect the endangered species of Florida. These suspense-ridden books are page turners. They can also be read over and over again because Hiaasen has managed to weave so many layers into each story.