Blog Tour: Carl Hiaasen’s Skink–No Surrender

Posted 24 November, 2014 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review | 10 Comments

Blog Tour: Carl Hiaasen’s Skink–No SurrenderSkink--No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen
Series: Skink #7
Published by Random House Children's Books on September 23, 2014
Genres: Mysteries & Detective Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 288


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, undaunted by blinding storms, crazed pigs, flying bullets, and giant gators.

Carl Hiaasen first introduced readers to Skink more than twenty-five years ago in Double Whammy, and he quickly became Hiaasen’s most iconic and beloved character, appearing in six novels to date. Both teens and adults will be thrilled to catch sight of the elusive “captain” as he finds hilariously satisfying ways to stop internet predators, turtle-egg poachers, and lowlife litterbugs in their tracks. With Skink at the wheel, the search for a missing girl is both nail-bitingly tense and laugh-out-loud funny.From the Hardcover edition.

Carl Hiaasen is one wacky writer. His characters are alway quirky, the plots are silly and sweet and his newest release is no exception. While it takes a while for the story to get started, once Richard meets the ex-governor of Florida — aka Skink — things start to get interesting. Richard is sure that his wayward cousin, Malley, is in terrible danger because she’s run off with a guy she met over the internet. Seriously, not a great thing to do, kids. Richard’s smart to think that there’s something wrong here and that she might be in trouble.

Because all traditional ways of trying to find Malley (police, amber alert, billboards, rewards) failed, Richard and his new, weird friend Skink decide to head across Florida to try and find Richard’s cousin. As always, Hiaasen integrates some environmental issues into his story, though I do appreciate that he doesn’t beat you around the head and shoulders with it (too hard, anyway). Instead, we learn a bit about sea turtles and their endangered nests (Richard meets Skink, who’s buried in a fake one, trying to catch turtle egg thieves), the Florida swamps and alligators (always a good time…just don’t go swimming with them) and generally taking care of the world around you.

So, come to find out that this ex-governor who everyone thought was dead has been a central character in six other books (adult books). You wouldn’t think that an old dude named Skink would work as a character in a young adult novel but Hiaasen has the panache to carry it off. And a story that might be too serious (girl taken by internet weirdo) just isn’t when written with Hiaasen’s humor and deft hand.


“Carl Hiaasen’s novels are treasures of hilarity, violence, comeuppance and ardent love for Florida wilderness […] I love Hiaasen for adults. I love Hiaasen for kids. But most of all, I love this Hiaasen, which brings the two writers together in one book.” – Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

Named one of the “hottest titles at BEA 2014” —

« “Reluctant readers (especially guys) will surrender themselves to this page turner. Cross your fingers that we haven’t seen the last of Skink!” —Booklist, Starred

“Hiaasen’s fierce love for the wilds of Florida, his fundamental commitment to decency and his penchant for the bizarre are all on full display in this, a read as agreeable as his hero is.” —Kirkus Reviews

“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.” —School Library Journal

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10 Responses to “Blog Tour: Carl Hiaasen’s Skink–No Surrender”

  1. Sounds like a fun, entertaining read Mary! Glad he doesn’t guilt-trip us too hard about the environmental issues, that’s always a bit of a reading turn off:) Have you read all 6 of the previous books? Would someone be lost starting with this one?
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