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Skink--No Surrender (Skink #7)

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author Carl Hiaasen serves up his unique brand of swamp-justice in Skink—No Surrender.

Classic Malley—to avoid being shipped off to boarding school, she takes off with some guy she met online. Poor Richard—he knows his cousin’s in trouble before she does. Wild Skink—he’s a ragged, one-eyed ex-governor of Florida, and enough of a renegade t...more
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Expected publication: September 23rd 2014 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2014)
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Carol Standiford I'm definitely not YA and I will buy any book that has Skink. It's time we pass on the ecological message to the kids who might actually do something…moreI'm definitely not YA and I will buy any book that has Skink. It's time we pass on the ecological message to the kids who might actually do something more than we have. I doubt if he's toned down in this book.(less)
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Sam Quixote
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...more
Jessica
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...more
Ilili
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
Martha Bullen
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...more
Andréa
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
Amy Formanski Duffy
Crime novels aren't my thing, but I've heard that Hiaasen's first book for teens is going to be kind of a big deal. So picked it up. And I loved it. Skink is hilarious. He's a civic-minded, philosophical Vietnam vet who can spot a criminal a mile away. Don't you dare insult the memory of a Marine or injure a turtle in his presence. You will be sorry if you cross this guy.

In this story he helps a teen boy find his cousin who's been kidnapped by an online stalker. A suspenseful chase through the s...more
Angie
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...more
ananka
Richard knows his cousin Mallery is in trouble. It doesn't matter that she ran away on her own. She's a rebel and often made risky choices, but this time is different. This time there's a guy involved that isn't who he seems and Mallery seems more and more scared every time Richard talks to her.

Richard meets a man who seems to be homeless and mentally unstable, but finds out that the guy is a treasure trove of useful skills and information. Is Skink the one that can help Richard find his cousin?...more
Annie
Thoroughly entertaining. Suspenseful, funny, and with a satisfying, albeit dark, sense of justice. This is definitely not for middle grade readers, but I think is completely appropriate for a YA audience. They'll catch the implications of Malley's abduction, and if they've been reading other YA novels, or if they ever see the news, none of it will be a surprise to them. Disturbing, yes, but not inappropriately so.
Barbara
Although I usually like the books this author writes, I often feel as though I've been down this road before. The Florida of his imaginings is a wild place populated by crazy-like-a-fox former governors with an environmental bent, kidnappers stalking and kidnapping young girls with the help of the Internet, and almost-inarticulate locals who live out in the swamps. Regardless of whether there is any truth to how the author depicts Florida, I liked Skink, the courageous ex-governor. Larger than l...more
Sam
Skink - No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen
Indigo UK Pub: September 25th 2014
ISBN: 978-1-780622187 - hardback and e-book
• Sam Hawksmoor review


When Carl Hiaasen started writing for kids I was wary, but fell for SCAT and HOOT like everyone else.
Skink No Surrender is billed as being his first YA novel, but to be honest it reads pretty much like SCAT which is good, but the topic – a young girl going missing with a guy she met on-line is definitely more adult.

Malley is 14 and has run off with some guy wh...more
Rosemary
I've only read a couple of Carl Hiaasen's books for adults, and while I love a good mystery novel, something about his style didn't provoke me to read more of his stuff. So I wasn't quite sure what I'd think of this, his first YA novel.

I loved it! Hiaasen does a great job of translating some of his signature themes (environmentalism, Florida's tourist economy, the honor of thieves) for a younger audience, and keeping his trademark humor. The characters here are both realistic and over-the-top, a...more
Jenny
Richard should have known that trouble was afoot when his cousin, Malley, agreed a little too easily to her parents’ boarding school plan. So he is not really too surprised when Malley disappears a week before she’s due to be shipped off to school. Richard hears of his cousin’s disappearance the same night he meets Skink, who is hiding in a fake sea turtle nest, determined to catch a poacher, scare the bejesus out of him, and turn him over to the law. As it becomes clear to Richard that Malley i...more
Diane
“It’s amazing how quick you forget your electronic pacifiers when they’re at the bottom of a river, how easy it is to stop fixating about all the texts, messages and posts you might be missing. Not once did Malley and I gripe about being isolated from our precious social networks. Pursuing a desperate criminal through the wilderness drastically changes your priorities.”

Malley goes missing. Trying to avoid being shipped to a boarding school, she concocts an elaborate plan with someone she met onl...more
Bill
This is a superb book by any measure. Carl Hiaasen has it all here – a great plot – a kid’s friend, Malley, who happens to be his cousin, has run away with a guy she met on line – supposedly a poet, the guy’s a creep and a crook – as well as terrific characterization, and suspense that not just sizzles – it burns!

The kid – Richard – wants to find Malley and finally decides to do just that. Enter: Hiaasen’s ex-Florida governor – he’s the one who ran to clean up Tallahassee and then disappeared af...more
Gabrielle
If I could, I would give this 3 and a half stars. And before I progress further, let me state I received an ARC through my library director attending ALA.

If I have ever head a Carl Hiaasen book, it has been a while. Like, a LONG time ago. But I have been very familiar with his work, especially since I work in the children's department. This, however, is Carl's first YA book.

It's the story of Richard who undertakes the task of finding his missing cousin, Talley. And along the way he meets a one e...more
Jenn
I adore the quirky fun of reading Carl Hiaasen's novels that mainly depict Florida as a location chock full of the grotesque and bizarre, heavy-handed pro-environmental messages notwithstanding, but I haven't enjoyed his YA novels as much as those he writes for adults. Until now. One of his best characters from his adult novels is the formidable and unstable former Governor Clinton Tyree, shower cap, fake eyeball, and all. His mistaking someone for Mrs. Johnson was one of my favorite scenes in a...more
Jennifer
Skink--No Surrender—Hiaasen’s familiar character crosses over into YA
Richard is your average fourteen year old. He lives in Florida and enjoys turtle-watching with his also fourteen-year-old cousin Malley. When Malley fails to show up for the night’s expedition, Richard gets worried and texts her, only to hear that she has apparently been grounded.

Sitting on the beach, Richard gradually hears breathing coming from a straw sticking out of the sand. He pulls the straw out only to have a full grow...more
Ms. Yingling
Richard has troubles of his own-- his father was killed in a skateboarding accident, and his stepfather is a bit vague if supportive. But his cousin Malley is trouble. Her parents are sending her away to school at Twigg Academy so that everyone can have a break. She says she is going early for orientation, but Richard doubts her... and has reason to be. She has run off with a guy she met on the internet named Talbo Chock, but Richard researches and finds out the the real Talbo died in combat. Ha...more
Karen Arendt
Richard's cousin, Malley, has run away with a guy who is using a fake name, Talbo Chock- the name of a marine who died in the lune of duty recently. Richard gets help finding her from a homeless man named Clinton Tyree, aka Skink, who just happens to be a former governor of Florida, a Vietnam vet, extremely resourceful, and a character from many of
Hiassen's adukt novels. Skink is an organic vigilante, protecting the environment in Florida, which in this case and book involved loggerhead turtle e...more
Nigel
A quick caveat - I am not strictly the target audience for this book as it is a while since I was a "teen or YA". However I am a fan of Carl Hiaasen in general and Skink in particular.

Richard, whose cousin Malley has gone off with an undesirable she met online, is almost too ordinary to be a Hiaasen character. The start of the story though good and relevant lacks the wackiness of Hiaasen. Then Skink kicks in and with it the wackiness and entertainment. In its way it is classic Hiaasen, among the...more
Bobby
Carl Hiaasen's first book for Young Adult readers may be even more noteworthy for the return of Hiaasen's most beloved character, Governor Clinton Tyree, a.k.a. "Skink." The fact that this book is a YA title means that the shenanigans and language of the governor is cleaned up, but his character remains intact. The narrator of the story is a fifteen-year-old named Richard who is a pretty terrific character as well. The story involves Richard's cousin getting tied up, fairly literally, with someo...more
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Goodreads Synopsis: The #1 New York Times bestselling author Carl Hiaasen serves up his unique brand of swamp-justice in Skink—No Surrender.

Classic Malley—to avoid being shipped off to boarding school, she takes off with some guy she met online. Poor Richard—he knows his cousin’s in trouble before she does. Wild Skink—he’s a ragged, one-eyed ex-governor of Florida, and enough of a renegade to think he can track Malley down. With Richard riding shotgun, the unlikely pair scour the state, undaunte...more
Jennifer
I received a digital copy of this book thanks to the publishers and Net Galley. This review is free of spoilers. Very vague wording is used.

I really looked forward to reading and reviewing this book, which from what I understand is considered to be Hiaasen’s first YA book. Unfortunately, I have to say that I am disappointed. I think what Hiaasen accomplished here is certainly quirky, as are a lot of his books, but I don’t think that his goal to reach out to older teens in the YA genre worked.

I...more
Melanie
Thanks to NetGalley and Orion Publishing Group for the copy! :)

I love Carl Hiaasen’s writing. He’s the author of Hoot, which I adored. You get a real feel for the area he’s describing; it’s like you’re there, it’s so vivid. You also get a great feel for the wildlife and how passionate about them the author must be.

Skink No Surrender is the latest in a series. There are six books already out. This one is due out September 23rd. I haven’t read the others and I didn’t feel like I’d missed anything...more
Amy  (Adventure in Bookland)
I admit, I think I would love anything that Carl Hiaasen writes whether that is an adult or children's novel. Skink is no exception as his first YA selection!


Skink: No Surrender follows teen Richard as he searches for this cousin Malley, who has run away with a guy she has met online. I know, red flags all over the place here. Richard meets the title character, Skink, on the beach hidden in a pretend sea turtle nest, the night that Malley runs away. It turns out Skink is a former governor of Fl...more
Cheryl
Another awesome MG/YA book by the author! Fans of his previous MG books will find the same great characters, Forida setting with an Eco theme and lots of adventure. Unlike his previous four books which centered around an environmental theme, this one centers on the consequences of poor choices a teen can make online. It's an important subject matter and Hiassen finds a way to show the dangerous impact of bad choices without scaring teen readers with overt consequences. The "bad things" that happ...more
Sharon Lawler
Classic Hiaasen--Florida habitats, epic characters, smart teens, and lots of action. In this one, Skink, one of the main characters, uses his formidable survival skills, and his fake death, to protect Florida's wildlife. He also has a obsessive interest in bringing bad guys to justice. When we meet him he is buried under the sand, breathing through a straw, and pretending to be a turtle nest in order to pounce on a notorious turtle egg poacher. He catches Richard, a teen who usually participates...more
Mary Kyle
Like other Hiaasen books the environment is a strong undercurrent here. This YA book is the first to feature Skink the former Governor of Florida, turned eco-warrior. Skink isn't any different but in the interests of keeping it clean, though much murder and mayhem. This story is also a cautionary tale for young girls who "meet" someone special in a chat room. Because the story starts with a 14 year old girl running away with a chat room predator. She does however find a way to let her cousin kno...more
Laurie
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About Carl Hiaasen

8178 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 southern Florida.
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