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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...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published September 2014)
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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
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
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
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
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
Gail Strickland
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
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...more
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
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!
Aimee Bissonette
Great plot and pacing. And Skink . . . what a character! Best of all, this is a book for early teens and young adults that has realistic teen characters with a healthy (even if sometimes frustrating) relationship. Hiaasen is a master teller of tales.
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
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I love Carl Hiassen's weird mind. I love his books that both make me laugh and make me think. I LOVE his characters. I love Florida. Hiassen has written some books that are labeled "children" such as Hoot. There are fantastic books appropriate for the young teen on up. This is his first YA book. Is it his best work? No. Is Skink in this book? Yes. Does that make it all worthwhile? Yes. My problem is if the reader is not familiar with Skink, will they appreciate him as I do. Probably not, but he...more
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.
Mrs. Kenyon
Malley is scheduled to leave for boarding school when she lies to her parents and runs away with a guy she met online. Malley is Richard’s only cousin. He understands the trouble Malley is in and is determined to bring her home. Then Richard literally stumbles across Skink while looking for turtle nests on the beach. Skink may be the ex-governor of Florida, but with his homeless appearance and missing eye he certainly looks like a crazy guy. This unlikely pair sets out to find Malley and they wo...more
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
Charlyn  Trussell
Richard and his cousin Malley have always been close, so when he learns she has run off with a DJ she met in an Internet chat room, he is baffled that she left without letting him know. When Malley contacts him, however, he senses that her fantasy of running away with the man of her dreams might have skidded off track. Disappointed that the law seemed to have hit a wall in locating her and the guy, Richard teams with an unlikely partner, a seventy-two-year-old eccentric called Skink who is reall...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
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
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
And the moral of this story, children, is DON'T RUN AWAY WITH A MAN YOU MET IN A CHAT ROOM. Duh.
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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 southern Florida.
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