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Skink No Surrender Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Hiaasen, Carl
ISBN: 0307930599     ISBN-13: 9780307930590
Publisher: Ember
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: December 2015
Annotation: When their reckless cousin runs off with a guy she met online to avoid going to boarding school, long-suffering Richard and renegade Wild Skink brave storms, wildlife and violence in a swampy region of Florida to find her. A first teen novel by the Newbery Honor-winning author of Hoot. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Missing children; Fiction.
Wilderness areas; Fiction.
Mystery and detective stories.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2015053706
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.00" W x 0.50" (0.45 lbs) 281 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 168926
Reading Level: 5.2   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 9.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q64493
Reading Level: 5.7   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 16.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): CARL HIAASEN was born and raised in Florida. He writes a column for the Miami Herald and is the author of many bestselling novels including Bad Monkey, Star Island, and Nautre Girl.

His books for younger readers include the Newbery Honor winner Hoot, as well as Flush, Scat, and Chomp. Skink—No Surrender was Hiaasen's first book for teens and features one of his most iconic characters, the reclusive ex-governor of Florida now known as Skink.

You can read more about Hiaasen's work at

From the Hardcover edition.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Spring)
Teen narrator Richard's cousin and best friend, Malley, runs away from home because she doesn't want to go to boarding school. When Richard tells Skink (who has starred in half a dozen of Hiaasen's adult novels), the former governor takes off to rescue Malley, and Richard joins him on an event-filled road trip. Richard's naivete plays nicely against Skink's extremism.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2014 #5)
Clint Tyree, a.k.a. Skink, has starred in half a dozen of Hiaasen's adult novels; here he makes his first appearance in YA. Standing well over six feet tall, "built like a grizzly" and strong as an ox, unkempt, unwashed, and unwavering in executing his self-imposed crusade and frontier-style justice against the powerful preying on the powerless (both humans and the environment), the former Florida governor is a presence to be reckoned with. As the book opens, teen narrator Richard's cousin and best friend, Malley, runs away from home because she doesn't want to go to boarding school, and Richard is certain that she's with a chat-room acquaintance almost twice her age. When he tells Skink, the governor immediately takes off to rescue Malley, and Richard joins him on an event-filled road trip from Loggerhead Beach through the Panhandle. Although Skink is larger than life, Hiaasen smoothly integrates his vulnerabilities with his outrageous behaviors, including eating roadkill and wrestling an alligator. Richard's naivete plays nicely against Skink's extremism, and Malley remains a prima donna despite her predicament; the villain is unfortunately a two-dimensional character in contrast. There's a message about personal safety on the internet and a little moral instruction from Skink, but these go down as easily as the sun dipping into the Florida Gulf at nightfall. betty carter Copyright 2014 Horn Book Magazine.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2014 June #4)

Rather than be shipped off to boarding school, Richard Sloan's cousin Malley runs away with a questionable acquaintance she met online. Richard shares his worry over her fate with a strange, one-eyed man he stumbles across on a Florida beach. Hiaasen's adult readers will immediately recognize Skink, the former governor turned eco-warrior, who first appeared 25 years ago in Double Whammy. Skink commandeers Richard's mission to find Malley and tutors his young new friend on carnivorous gators, wild pigs, driving (Richard is still a year away from a learner's permit but no matter), and how to prepare roadkill for human consumption. What happens to Malley during her abduction is never explicitly stated, but the implication of what a criminal is doing with a handcuffed 14-year-old girl rides uneasily alongside the kookier elements of the story. Still, there is much to enjoy. Hiaasen's concern for the environment and its most vulnerable denizens is again on full display, and Richard has a memorable epiphany when he loses his phone in Choctawhatchee Bay: "Pursuing a desperate criminal through the wilderness drastically rearranges your priorities." Ages 12–up. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 August)

Gr 9 Up—Richard and his cousin Malley are best friends. But while Richard is pretty levelheaded, Malley tends to get into trouble. So Richard is only mildly surprised to discover that she's run off with a guy she met on the Internet in order to avoid being sent to boarding school in New Hampshire. Richard wants to go find her, and luckily he runs into what may be the perfect person to help him do just that: a ragged, one-eyed ex-governor of Florida named Skink. With Skink at the helm, the two set off across Florida in search of Richard's cousin. While Malley's character is not as fully developed as the others and the story seems highly improbable, Skink, a favorite character from Hiaasen's adult novels, is incredibly memorable. Whether it's diving in to a gator-infested river after a rogue canoe, getting his foot run over by a semi while trying to save a baby turtle, or hiding out in the sand to save the next turtle, Skink is always full of surprises. And like a cat with nine lives, one never knows how he'll make it out or what will happen next. One thing's for sure: readers will want to be along for the ride. Although the ending meanders, fans of Hiaasen's novels won't mind the detours one bit.—Necia Blundy, formerly at Marlborough Public Library, MA

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