Everybody loves Mother Paula’s pancakes. Everybody, that is, except the colony of cute but endangered owls that live on the building site of the new restaurant. Can the awkward new kid and his feral friend prank the pancake people out of town? Or is the owls’ fate cemented in pancake batter?

 “Just because something is legal doesn’t automatically make it right.”


This is a good story for a child but a boring one for an adult. It’s a short read and the story could be summarised as: “Young kid moves to new school where he is bullied by a large girl. Girl was only bullying him as she perceived him as a danger to his runaway brother who was living in the nearby forests trying to stop the construction of a shop which would have endangered the local Owl habitat”

fb712b6623f4127339286116bad6f098.jpgThis is perfect for ages 9-12 and at 288 pages it will make for some good read material for your kids.

The Story

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…

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