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Skink--No Surrender

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Readers are always thrilled to see a new book from the master of snarky satire, but they will be doubly excited for this book as Carl introduces young readers to Skink—an ex-governor of Florida gone feral, and one of the most iconic characters in Hiaasen's adult novels. ...more
Hardcover, 281 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2014)
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I was looking for a quick read to mark time between other books on hold at the library. Recognized the name of this author, but had never read any of his books. Was not expecting a YA novel, but that is not necessarily a deal-breaker for me. Two fourteen year old cousins, one of them missing, kidnapped, or AWOL, at the very least. Let the search proceed!

The thing that makes the book is the character of Skink. Is he a harmless old man who is homeless? A formidable army vet with skills and to spar
Sam Quixote
Jul 25, 2014 Sam Quixote rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
14 year old Malley is being sent away to a boarding school that’ll displace her from her sunny home state of Florida to the chilly climes of the American North-East – and she doesn’t “do” cold climates. So of course the reasonable course of action is to run away with some guy she met online!

Her close cousin Richard decides to track her down, but, as he’s also only 14, where does he even begin? Enter Skink, the eccentric 72 year old officially “dead” former governor of Florida now turned eco-warr
Apr 19, 2014 Ilili rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Hiaasen and I love his character, Skink, who has appeared in several of Hiaasen's books for adults. I hope there is never an illustrated or film version of this book, so everyone who reads it can have their own private image of a larger than life character who stands for integrity, honesty and the defense of nature. He is a flawed superhero who lends protection when needed and ruthlessly punishes defilers of innocents and the environment. Kudos to Hiaasen for introducing his iconic charac ...more
Aug 06, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I freakin' love Carl Hiaasen. And probably my favorite of his characters EVER is Skink, the former Florida governor who went crazy, took off his clothes, and walked into the swamp one day. Skink is perfect for a YA or MG book, and at last he's in one! (In fact, he's going to be in a bunch, this is the start of a new series. Yay!)

Young Richard is worried about his cousin. She told her parents that she was heading off to early orientation for the new boarding school she'll be attending, but Richar
Nov 14, 2014 Skip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
I'm feeling philosophical today. Carl Hiassen has written books for kids and, now for the first time, young adults. What is the definitional difference? One would think it was the complexity, themes, maturity. In this case, I think it is nothing more than the ages of the protagonists. Teenager Richard joins forces with Hiaason's iconic character, Skink, to find his cousin Malley, who has disappeared. As she is flighty, nobody is quite sure whether she has run away or been kidnapped. Ex-governor ...more
Martha Bullen
Jun 14, 2014 Martha Bullen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the most sought-after books at the recent Book Expo America. I waited in a long, snaking line to get the chance to meet author Carl Hiaasen (he’s charming and friendly) and snag a signed copy of Skink - No Surrender.

Hiassen is well known for his bestselling zany mystery novels set in Florida. His novels always feature criminals who commit a series of dastardly crimes against people and the environment and unexpected heroes who are determined to make these bad guys answer for thei
Book Him Danno
Aug 06, 2015 Book Him Danno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book we chose to listen to on our road trip last month - this one sounded crazy but my husband picked it up at the library anyway - well we started the CD and every time we want to talk or stop - we stop the CD first so no one misses anything in the story. Well my kids yelled in protest whenever we stopped this book - they wanted to know what was going to happen - who would make it and what would the guy with only 1 eye do if he was in trouble - and the alligators and the woodpeckers - w ...more
Una Tiers
Dec 29, 2015 Una Tiers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hiaasen has some very clear writing. However, when he stops to tell you something historical, I skipped ahead. This is YA.
Mike French
Oct 21, 2014 Mike French rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Old Fart enjoys YA book! This book is a must read for fans of Carl Hiaasen,even though is listed YA. SKINK is back!!!!
Dec 14, 2014 Abby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Built like a grizzly, he was coughing and swearing and spitting through a long, caked beard. On his chiseled block of a head he wore (I swear) a flowered plastic shower cap. Even weirder, his left eye and right eye were pointed in totally different directions.
I finished the book in three days. I have to admit it was a very interesting story. At first I was wondering why it was 280 pages. I thought, honestly it was going to be boring. I was dead wrong. It captivated me and I was hooked.
Some co
Nov 17, 2014 Keri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love anytime we can get some Skink!!!! This was a very charming quick read, as Skink starts imparting his wisdom to a few teen millennials as he performs a rescue in the process. But for God's sake don't litter and remember fresh road-kill is still edible!! :-)
Dec 12, 2015 LobsterQuadrille rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Louis Sachar fans
3.5 stars

This is the first Carl Hiaasen book I've ever read, and it has me thinking that maybe I need to read some more of his books. This was one fun, wacky, fast-paced read! The characters were lots of fun, from stubborn, hotheaded Malley and good-natured Bigfoot enthusiast Trent to the eccentric loner ex-governer Skink. Even the comparatively ordinary narrator, Richard, was an interesting character; smart and a bit nerdy, but with courage and a sense of humor.
His narrative voice is nearly al
I'm glad Skink No Surrender wasn't my first Carl Hiaasen rodeo because if it were, I'd likely not want to read any more of his books.

What I liked:
1) Kirby Heyborne's audio narration, which made this lackluster story more interesting than it really was
2) The characters, which kept me listening despite the fact that the story drug on. Well, Skink was really the character that kept me listening.
3) I thought the last paragraph gave the story a nice, resonating ending.

What I didn't like:
1) This bo
Jul 23, 2014 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I didn't love this one as much as his other titles aimed at younger readers. I guess maybe because this one is NOT for the same readers as Hoot and Flush and Scat and Chomp. At least not those readers the first time they are reading those books in late elementary school.

That was me and my expectations going in to the book. I "wanted" one like the others and this is not that. It's a good book but it's not nearly the same. There is still some environmentalism in there, for sure. But that is very
Writer's Relief
May 12, 2015 Writer's Relief rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Carl Hiaasen’s young adult novel, SKINK NO SURRENDER, 14-year-old Richard’s cousin Malley disappears. It turns out Malley has run off with a mysterious boy she met online. At first, Malley’s brief and infrequent messages to Richard are lighthearted, but they soon reveal that there is trouble in paradise. Determined to rescue his cousin, Richard enlists the aid of Skink, a man who could be easily mistaken for Sasquatch or a very tall, very crazy homeless man—but is in fact the ex-governor. To ...more
Nov 09, 2014 Elo rated it liked it
The first 50 pages of this book are not intriguing but once you are farther in it gets better. Most of Hiassans books are aimed at a younger audience and this one was said to be for teens. The story line and events are at a higher level but the diction is mostly the same. I would revoked this book to people older than 10 or 12 but don't read it before bead because some parts are pretty sketchy!
Oct 15, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clint Tyree (aka Skink), ex-governor of Florida and defender of the wilderness is back! Although he has been featured in a number of Hiaasen novels, this is the first time he has shown up in a story for young adults.

As crazy and fearless as ever, Skink comes to the aid of Richard as he searches for his cousin Malley who has been kidnapped by an internet predator.

Although the language is toned down for the younger market, I still found this to be an enjoyable read. Keep up the good fight Skink!
Samuel Seip
Nov 19, 2015 Samuel Seip rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Skink No surrender is about a girl that decided to meet up with someone that she met online. The person she met up with had planned to kidnap her. Her name is Malley. Richard, Malley's cousin, and a guy named Skink, someone Richard had met in the woods who also is the former governor went to go save Malley. Richard and Skink went on a long trip only to find out that there is one more thing in their way, a swamp. My favorite character in the book had to be by far Skink. The reason I liked Skink ...more
Nov 19, 2015 Nicky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Skink No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen
Book Review by Nick M.
“ ‘I don’t want him hurting anybody else. Some other girl, she might not be as tough as me.’ And that, in the words of Forrest Gump, was all she had to say about that.”

The book, Skink No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen, is a wild ride that readers of all kind can get into. It takes place in the middle of Florida, where the beach glistens in the sun and there is only happy days. Until Richard, the shy geeky kid in 9th grade, finds his cousin Mal
Frida S
“Sink or Surrender” by Carl Hiaasen, is about a boy named Richard and his missing cousin Malley. Malley has always been a rebel, and she’s always getting in trouble for it. It was really no surprise to her family that she had “run away”. After all she had done it before. But when Richard found out she had left with a guy she had met in an internet chatroom, he got worried. It had been a while and her parents had already notified the police that thier daughter was missing, but Richard didn’t find ...more
Gail Strickland
Sep 25, 2014 Gail Strickland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carl Hiaasen has again given us the further adventures of Skink-the former Governor of Florida, who in disgust with all things political, ran screaming from the Capitol. Of course, some Floridians thought he was insane, but personally, I think he had it about right. Anyway, now Skink roams the hinterlands of Florida, trying to save the environment before the money men pave it all. Naturally, money trumps nature, but if Skink had anything to do with it, they'll be sorry. I always enjoy Hiaasen's ...more
Oct 13, 2014 Annette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carl Hiaasen just has a unique style that I find very appealing. Skink No Surrender is no exception and contains another mystery to solve.

There is always an environmental issue that is addressed in Hiaasen's books, but this time it isn't the central theme and several issues are touched on. The story is told by Richard, whose cousin and best friend, Malley, has run off with a guy she met online, and now Richard can tell from her communications that she is in trouble.

Richard has become acquainted
Jan 16, 2015 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Skink- No Surrender, is a novel that may be classified as realistic fiction. It will bring any reader to the edge of their seat as it’s fast pace starts from the very first page. Written by Carl Hiaasen, it is told in the first person point of view by a young boy named Richard. After only a few pages into the novel, he, and a unlikely alliance, referenced as Skink, set out on a mission to track down Richard’s cousin, who has ran away with a complete stranger now holding her hostage. Based in the
May 10, 2015 Christen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-fiction
Richard Sloan sets off on a journey to find his cousin who ran off with a guy she met on the internet. He's helped along the way by Skink, an "ecoterrorist" and one-time governor of Florida who resembles something out of Duck Dynasty. The adventure held my attention. However, it did read like a middle-aged plus man was writing this while he had a tab on his browser open to Urban Dictionary so he could plug in young adult buzzwords. I was disappointed that the kidnapping was ultimately anticlimac ...more
I've read one or two of Hiaasen's novels for adults and was reasonably entertained, and I quite liked Hoot for upper elementary and middle school readers, but I'm not really sure this effort targeted to YAs really hits the mark. It's attempts to be funny didn't engender a chuckle from me, and suspense and adventure fell short as well. The teen references and characters didn't seem to ring true for me--not that I'm a teenager, but I do have two and work with hundreds, so maybe . . .

Best charact
While I've enjoyed some of Hiaasen's adult fiction featuring Skink, I don't think his over-the-top plots and the character of Skink, especially, translate very well to the youth market. As strange as Skink is, he's a bit more understandable in adult fiction, in which the characters make informed, conscious decisions to involve themselves with someone who appears, for all intents and purposes, to be a bit unstable and not exactly safe. It's a bit less believable for a 14-year-old to consciously i ...more
May 18, 2015 Jacob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: may-reads-2015
This was good
Vickie Garner
Dec 10, 2014 Vickie Garner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in Florida of course, 14 yr old Mally disappears and her cousin Richard goes on a quest to find her. She does get to call him once in awhile to tell him she is OK and all is going well with her new found internet love. Richard runs into a seemingly homeless old bum who turns out to be the ex governor of Florida among other credits. Skink as they call him. Skink clues Richard in the the calss are cryptic and she is trying to tell him something without the internet love knowing. The clues lead ...more
Nov 13, 2014 Sonja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
A very light read about a serious subject - Internet stalking through a chat room. I love Carl Hiaasen's characters, especially the ballsy old man, Skink, who helps save the day. The setting is Florida, of course, and this time up into the panhandle. I know these places: Mossy Head, DeFuniak Springs, Eglin Airforce Base - took a Spring Break trip to Florida and went to see an uncle who lived on the Gulf side up in the panhandle. I loved reading this book and think there would be teenagers who li ...more
Dec 19, 2015 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, thrillers
Skink--No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen (Alfred A. Knopf 2014) (Fiction – Young Adult). This is one of Carl Hiaasen's “Young Adult” offerings; our narrator is Richard, a young teen, but our hero is one of the author's best recurring characters: “Skink.” Formerly known as Clinton Tyree, Governor of the Great State of Florida, “Skink” one day had all of the bureaucrats that he could stand, and he disappeared into the Everglades. Though Governor Tyree was never seen again, a mysterious man-beast has be ...more
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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida, where he still lives with his family. After graduating from the University of Florida, he began writing for the Miami Herald. As a journalist and author, Carl has spend most of his life advocating the protection of the Florida Everglades. He and his family still live in southern Florida.
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