Skink--No Surrender
ISBN: 0307930599
EAN13: 9780307930590
Language: English
Release Date: Dec 1, 2015
Pages: 288
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 7.9" L x 5.1" W
Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Richard's cousin is missing, and his best hope of finding her rests with the wily, one-eyed, ex-governor of Florida. Carl Hiaasen introduces his iconic character Skink to a younger audience in this nail-biting adventure

A National Book Award Longlist Selection

Classic Malley: her parents are about to ship her off to boarding school, so she takes off with some guy she met online. Poor Richard: he's less of a rebel than Malley, and a lot less trusting. He knows his cousin is 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, this unlikely pair scour the state, undaunted by blinding storms, crazed pigs, flying bullets, and giant gators.

In Carl Hiaasen's outrageous, hilarious, and wildly dangerous state of Florida, there are a million places an outlaw might stash a teenage girl. A million unpleasant ways to die. And two who will risk everything to rescue a friend . . . and to, hopefully, exact a bit of swamp justice.

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   Skink for President !..
For this river, Hiassen is the best author on the River Choctawhatchee or on any other river. Skink No Surrender is Huck and Jim on the Mississippi with a different cast of characters, including the ex-Governor, who is heart wrenchingly weird and appealing. Malley's 14 year old cousin with Skink as a backup set out to save her from kidnappers Talbo Chuck and the fun begins on the Choctawhatchee, where Talbo is caught on a houseboat. Malley's cousin is the energetic drive of this story and with Skink supplying the muscle, the story becomes South Florida bizarre and highly entertaining. Several reviewers have commented that this is a story for young people, but I disagree... this is a story about young people that is enjoyable for any age. How can you not look like a homeless old man, wearing a one-eyed, shower cap, endangered species'patron saint? In Skink, Hiassen has another winner, look for a straw in the sand.
 
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   Don't mess with the governor - 3+
Good for Hiaasen, but a change of pace. You can expect knife-edge satire and over-the-top humor from this author, even in the novels he writes for the younger set. In the latter category, Chomp is still one of my favorite comics novels. Skink runs more in the direction of action adventure story for pre-teens and above, with two fourteen-year olds as protagonists, teamed with the classic Hiaasen character of Florida's former governor, Clinton Tyree, turned rogue avenger of the state's abused landscape and wild critters. Even if scrubbed of profanity and creative mayhem, the story is well told and satisfying. It is just not the no-holds-barred, savagely funny stuff you get in the adult books-or even the ironic hilarity in some of the previous teen books.
 
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   Enjoyable Novel
Skink-No Surrender is a great book. If you live in Florida, it is even better. I find that it is interesting to read about places you live and the environment that is there. The plot of this book starts quickly. But there is not much to it. Malley and Skink are destined to find Richards, Richards's cousin, without the police. Unfortunately, Malley was kidnapped by a man she met in an online chat room. Speaking of that, this book has also some small life lessons in it. There is also short information about wildlife that is found in a Florida ecosystem. Skink-No Surrender is overall a fun read that many young adults may take interest in.
 
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   Good for up-and-coming Hiaasen fans, but no f-bombs.
The willful teenage female cousin takes off with a new acquaintance from a chat room to avoid being sent to the prep school. After having acquired a long-assumed dead guardian and fearless adult leader, who has a taste for vigilante justice on turtle egg poachers and scummy chat-room lotharios, goes after her. Did not roll on the floor laughing at all the variations on the f-bomb that Hiaasen can put together, since I don 't remember any at all. Therefore, I believe that this was a book geared for a younger audience. Avoid trusting people in online chat rooms who can turn out to be swamp-slime is not a bad moral, if perhaps a little late in the world. The story rolls along with gator wrestling and putting a few over the parents. Seems like Carl has been watching some of the new TV series where resources just pop up. I enjoyed reading it, but it seemed like Hiaasen Lite ''.
 
5
   Skink to the Rescue
, he is Hiaasen's best character and that says a lot about some of the characters he has created. Enjoy!
 
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   Enjoyable
Born in Florida, I lived there for over 40 years and have been a fan of Carl Hiaasen for over 25 years. Although this book was a little tamed for the younger reader, it was still a very enjoyable read. I hope he continues to write books for many years as I hope to read and enjoy them.
 
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   But it was the good ole frolicking Hiaasen I love
I was surprised that it was written for good teenagers... But it was the young Ole frolicking Hiaasen that I love. I now believe that the Ivory Billed Woodpecker is NOT extinct! That nature is resilient if given half the chance, if man can live in harmony and not domination, we have a chance that our grandchildren will see and enjoy Florida. nysie, The Cedar Key herbalist, is :
 
3
   Schtink?
Didn 't see the fine print, if there was such, that explained that this is a children's book, told from the point of view of a 13 year old. Preferably between heterosexuals past puberty.
 
3
   Not your usual Hiaason
This was a bit of disappointment, Hiaason usually populates his stories with novel and unusual characters doing various zany things, and eventually the baddies receive their just rewards in novel and zany ways. No Surrender '' is essentially a simple story, a short kidnapping of a very simple villain. Hopefully Hiaason's next attempt will be a little more complex and entertaining.
 
5
   What a great book!
This action - suspense - novel is both educational and entertaining. The bad characters are very likable and the good ones for which you feel sorry. All characters are interestingly diverse. Though the story has surprising twists and turns, it is very believable. The content is very friendly to the young adult. 4th Graders on the Upside would enjoy this story. I'm 69 and I did. It is full and suspenseful of action. The book shows how interesting people don 't always come in neat and tidy packages. The true value of things that money can not buy, loving and caring for nature, and not judging a book by its cover are themes that run through the story. I read it all in one sitting. It is a good book. I enjoyed everything that Carl Hiaasen has written.
 
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