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Skink--No Surrender (Skink #7)

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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. 
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
Apr 19, 2014 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
Sam Quixote
Jul 25, 2014 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
Jun 01, 2014 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
Thomas Strömquist
DNF at 20 %.

I wouldn't say that over-the-top storytelling is Hiaasen's only strong suit, but it is surely one thing that makes reading him fun. Writing for young readers, therefore, makes him less fun. I should really have known, but now at least I've tried. Read any of his many earlier great ones instead is my advice.
Nov 14, 2014 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
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While I like the Skink character, this Hiaasen short story is aimed at teens and likely best suited for them. 4 of 10 stars
Martha Bullen
Jun 11, 2014 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
Kirsten McKenzie
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-for-s
This was an adorable book, if you can call the kidnapping of a teenage girl adorable!
This is the tale of two cousins, born nine days apart, who live in Florida. The girl cousin runs off with a boy she's met in on the Internet. The boy cousin goes on a mission to return her home, recruiting an entirely odd accomplice along the way.
The book is written in the first person, which normally I wouldn't read, but this book clipped along at a generous pace. There was no sex, only a little (appropriate,
Book Him Danno
Aug 06, 2015 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
Sep 09, 2015 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
Nov 19, 2013 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!! :-)
Una Tiers
Dec 28, 2015 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 09, 2014 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!!!!
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, vacation-reads

A friend sent this to me earlier this year while I was recovering from a cycling accident. I decided to wait until I was on vacation near a beach to read it which seemed appropriate given its large type and wide margins. I did not actually read any of it on the beach but it is decidedly a beach read. I'd never read Hiaasen before, but knew his books and general vibe from working in public libraries where he is a household name. This is also his first YA book, though the Skink character has appea
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the best book of the Skink series, but you have to read them all to earn it.
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never a dull moment in this adventure packed novel

To Malley it all seemed like a good idea at first, and at first it was. That changed. Classic Malley, doing the unthinkable. When her parents decide to ship her off to boarding school she runs off with some random guy from the internet named T.C. Richard however is quite the opposite. He’s shy, quiet, and much less of a daredevil then his cousin who likes to live life to the fullest. He knew Malley was in trouble before she did.
“Somebody's got
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After 4 previous books for younger readers, author Hiaasen lists this as his first book for teens. I enjoyed the book, but I haven't been a teen for a half century. At any rate, with topics including cyber stalking, kidnapping, auto theft and attempted murder, I wouldn't aim this book at the lower range of teen-age readers. I enjoyed encountering Skink again (last seen, I believe, in Sick Puppy (1999)), the one-eyed, ex-governor, eco-warrior, who has appeared in at least four previous novels.

Dec 14, 2014 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
Writer's Relief
Jan 23, 2015 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
Jul 13, 2014 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
Sep 24, 2014 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!
Oct 23, 2014 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!
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: may-reads-2015
This was good
Justin C
Skink no surrender is about a 14 year old named Richard. He is best friends with his cousin, Malley, who is talking to an anonymous, suspicious man online. Richard loves the beach, especially turtles. Every weekend he would try to go to the beach with Malley to look at the turtle nests. Malley did answer her phone so Richard went without her. While looking at a turtle nest he noticed a straw sticking out of it. He pulled out the straw to see what would happen and out comes a man in a plastic sho ...more
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed Carl Hiaasen's books for years. This book while written for young adults is no less entertaining. Just a bit more tame on the language. The character of Skink (former Florida Governor Tyree) is hysterical. You find yourself reading a passage and smiling to yourself and then outright giggling. I would classify this as a bit of a caper but also with valuable lessons. One is for young adults and related to the dangers of the internet and the other is for those of all ages and related ...more
This is the second time I have read this book and I am as happy with it as I was the first time.

If you have read any of the author's adult books, please don't worry that this is going to be inappropriate for young adults or teens. It is slapstick, endearing, a bit on the violent side and deals with situations that children must think about every day. Stalkers, running away from home etc.

It ends on an HEA and it was a thrill to see Skink in one of these young adult novels.
Elena Mills
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny, realistic, and GREAT CHARACTERS!! This book also covers a real issue, DON'T RUN AWAY WITH A GUY YOU MET ONLINE!! Great storyline, funny, mystery, all written very well!
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A funny adventure that I read with my preteen son.
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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. After graduating from the University of Florida, he joined the Miami Herald as a general assignment reporter and went on to work for the newspaper’s weekly magazine and prize-winning investigations team. As a journalist and author, Carl has spent most of his life advocating for the protection of the Florida Everglades. He and his family live in southern ...more
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