Squirm by Carl Hiaasen


Some facts about Billy Dickens: * He once saw a biker swerve across the road in order to run over a snake. * Later, that motorcycle somehow ended up at the bottom of a canal. * Billy isn't the type to let things go.Some facts about Billy's family: * They've lived in six different Florida towns because Billy's mom always insists on getting a house near a bald eagle nest. * Billy's older sister is dating a jerk. It's a mystery. * Billy's dad left w...

Details Squirm

Release DateSep 25th, 2018
PublisherKnopf Books for Young Readers
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Fiction, Humor, Family, Adventure

Reviews Squirm

  • Billie
    It was a lot of fun and with a good message, but felt like it lacked a lot of Hiaasen's usual humor.
  • Carolyn Stover
    4.5. Funny. Sweet. All about families. Great characters. Lots of plot twists. Hard to put down ❤
  • Jo Sorrell
    This is the story of a middle schooler navigating his way through bullies in and out of school and his dysfunctional family. Bullies are bad, but a dysfunctional family is not always the case. Maybe that word needs to be replaced in this evolving society. It is a fact for a great population of students I teach. I like the candour of life for Billy, Belinda and step sister Summer. The father aggravated me. He has his reasons, but I thought they we...
  • Ryan
    Well, he has done it again. Carl Hiaasen has written a book that kids will find hard to put down once they start. Billy Dickens like snakes (ewwwwweeeeeee). He is a friend to most animals and with a mother like his you can understand why. His mom is crazy about Bald Eagles. She follows them around Florida, and spends the weekends on family eagle watching outings. Everytime the eagles abandon the nest where she lives, she has to find a new nest to...
  • Beth Mendelsohn
    I try to read every Carl Hiaasen book that I can find, both children's and adult. A coworker who knows I'm a big fan passed this book on to me. All opinions are my own.The main character, Billy, lives with his mother and older sister in Florida and tend to move around a lot. Mom likes to watch bald eagles in their nest and when that nest is destroyed, Mom goes looking for another, moving the family in the process. Billy doesn't know his dad who l...
  • Elena Sotelo-McCrary
    I think this book is very entertaining. It's characters are perfect for all level of readers, especially ones who like to travel. So, for me it was an adventure, an animal book, an eco-friendly, multicultural. The characters were brave and had a mission, and the family units were interesting. I especially like how the author again reminded his reader to "get outside." His references to tech connection were particularly funny, but also he showed h...
  • Yapha
    Billy is known for his love of snakes, and while they are his animal of choice he feels compelled to protect all animals and also people who are being picked on. He often exacts his own form of justice on the bullies he encounters around him. It should be no surprise to him then, that his father thinks the same way. Billy doesn't really know his father. He left when Billy was four and Billy hasn't seen or heard from him since. But Billy is able t...
  • Andrew
    SQUIRM had me hooked from the very first page. When Billy Dickens pieces together his absent father's address, he swipes his mom's credit card for a plane ticket to Montana for a surprise visit. From there, his dad's whereabouts become all the more mysterious, disappearing for days at a time. Billy is an admirable and immediately likeable character-- witty, clever, with a deep love and appreciation for animals and the outdoors. I was immersed in ...
  • Sidney
    Again, and I've probably said this a hundred times, you just can't go wrong with a Hiaasen book. Even his YA series is entertaining. This one, Squirm, follows in the same suit as the rest of his tree hugging, nature loving series. Billy and his mom and sister live in FL. His father, out of the picture since Billy was very young, lives in MT. Billy takes an unexpected trip to find his father, only to run into a lot of nature problems. Fun read but...
  • Kris
    Billy Dickens is my new favorite young character of Hiaasen’s. Billy is brave and not afraid to serve justice on bullies old and young. If you would hurt an animal, watch out! Squirm does not disappoint!
  • Carrie Shaurette
    This quirky ecological adventure fits right in with all the other Hiaasen middle grade books. This time we follow a boy who loves snakes and stands up to bullies. It's a fine book that will still hook a certain kind of reader, though I liked some of the conflicts in the previous books better.
  • Syntha Green
    Billy likes snakes and hates bullies, so of course he has to investigate when a poacher tries to kill endangered animals.
  • Karin
    Solid middle-grade eco-adventure, right in line with other books by this author. Easy to read, easy to recommend, totally enjoyable.