We just finished Scat by popular author Carol Hiaasen. You are probably familiar with another of his books, Hoot, which was made into a movie a couple of years ago. These two titles along with another by Hiaasen, Flush, are classified as eco-mysteries.
Scat is a fun and educational read sprinkled with conservationism. The kids in the story have an inspiring love of nature which is easily caught. It can really make you think.
I consider this book to be perfect for a read-aloud with its action and interesting story lines. There are, however, the occasional words which can easily be skipped over by a parent while the child can just enjoy the story and learn a little bit completely by accident.
Listen to this interview with Carl Hiaasen as he gives a little background on the story and shares his motivation for writing.