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Where There’s Smoke…

scat_jacketNick Waters and Marta Gonzalez dread their third period biology class, and with good reason. Mrs. Starch, the most feared teacher at the Truman School, gives Marta nightmares and most of the kids break out into a cold sweat if Mrs. Starch even looks their way. There’s one kid who’s different, though. He isn’t one bit afraid of Mrs. Starch. His name is Duane Scrod, Jr., but most of the kids call him Smoke. Smoke is named after fire for a reason; he’s started two and done time in juvenile hall for his trouble. Most of the kids steer clear of Smoke and that’s the way he likes it. But Mrs. Starch has her own way of doing things; nobody gets away with being unprepared in her class, not even Smoke, the school’s most terrifying loner. When Mrs. Starch gets finished with him, he is properly humiliated, but still defiant. The class’s field trip to Black Vine Swamp is the next day. Smoke doesn’t show up, but no one seems to mind. The class doesn’t get to do much exploring before a wildfire breaks out and they are all hustled back to the buses. Everyone escapes except Mrs. Starch, who goes back into the swamp to retrieve Libby Marshall’s asthma inhaler. Mrs. Starch never makes it back to school that day, or the next day either. In fact, she never makes it home as far as anyone can tell, and now Nick is beginning to wonder if she ever made it out of the swamp at all. And what if that so-called wildfire was started on purpose?
Find Scat by Carl Hiaasen in the library.

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