Skink--No Surrender

Skink--No Surrender

by Carl Hiaasen


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Carl Hiaasen serves up his unique brand of swamp justice in the New York Times bestseller Skink—No Surrender.
A National Book Award Longlist Selection
When your cousin goes missing under suspicious circumstances, who do you call? There’s only one man for the job: a half-crazed, half-feral, one-eyed ex-governor named Skink. Skink joins 14-year-old Richard on a breakneck chase across Florida, undaunted by lightning storms, poisonous snakes, flying bullets, and giant gators. There are a million places cousin Malley could be, a million unpleasant fates that might have befallen her, but one thing is certain: in the Florida swamp, justice is best served wild.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375870514
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 09/23/2014
Series: Skink Series Series
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 438,407
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

CARL HIAASEN has been writing about Florida since his father gave him a typewriter at age six. Now Hiaasen writes a column for the Miami Herald and is the author of many bestselling novels, including Star Island and Bad Monkey. Hoot, Hiaasen's first novel for young readers, was the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Newbery Honor.


Tavernier, Florida

Place of Birth:

South Florida


Emory University; B.A., University of Florida, 1974

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Barnes & Noble Review Interview with Carl Hiaasen

The Barnes & Noble Review: What is your earliest memory of writing a story?

Carl Hiaasen: I can remember back to about four or five years old, writing in a small, lined notepad. But I can't remember the stories — I think they got thrown away with all my baseball cards when I went off to college.

BNR: When and where do you write? What does your workspace look like?

CH: I write at home, in the office, down in the Keys, and even in Montana during the summers. In each location, my computer screen and keyboard face a blank wall, away from the windows, so I won't get distracted. Mornings are when I do most of my writing; by about 2 P.M., I'm pretty much tapped out.

BNR: In Skink — No Surrender, you've pulled off an interesting maneuver: taking a beloved character from your adult novels and casting him in a book aimed at teens. Did your approach to Clinton "Skink" Tyree change in this book, or does he speak and behave as he would in a novel aimed at a more mature audience?

CH: I was worried about unleashing Skink on the youth of America, as he would say. But in the new novel he's paired with a very bright young man, who edits Skink's outbursts in the recounting of the story. Skink's actions, however, are pure Skink. That I can't control.

BNR: Skink is a character who travels with large quantities of books. Are you two alike in this way?

CH: Unlike him, I don't travel with a pile of books. Then again, I don't live out of a car, or under a bridge. He's a nomad.

BNR: What has been your proudest moment as a writer?

CH: Every writer's proudest moment is when you get your first book published by a real publishing house. In my case, it was a thriller called Powder Burn, set in Miami, which I wrote with Bill Montalbano, another reporter at the Miami Herald and a close friend. The next major high for me was Tourist Season, which was the first novel I wrote by myself. Very twisted and seditious, as far as the Chamber of Commerce was concerned. That was back in 1986. They're used to me by now.

BNR:Who are the funniest writers, in your estimation?

CH: Martin Amis can be brilliantly funny, even when the subject is bleak. Gary Shteyngart is hilarious. So is Christopher Moore — incredibly clever. I'd also have to include my friends Tom McGuane and Jim Harrison, who are still hitting home runs. Karen Russell makes me laugh, and there are passages in Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn's blockbuster, that are just savagely funny.

BNR: You've worked for the Miami Herald since 1976. Does writing fiction and newspaper columns differ for you? Are there unique rituals, methods, and procedures, or is writing simply writing?

CH: Writing newspaper columns and novels both require an eye for small detail, the ability to tell a story with pace, and the discipline to sit down at the keyboard and work, even when you're not in the mood.

BNR: What makes Florida prime real estate for fiction?

CH: I've said it before: Florida is a 24-hour freak show. If you're a writer, inspiration rains down from the headlines every day. I've lived here my whole life, and I'd probably go into withdrawal if I moved somewhere normal.

BNR: What do you do to relax?

CH: To relax, I go fly-fishing. Being out in the middle of the Everglades is like going to church, for me.

BNR: Aside from your own, who are your favorite detectives of fiction?

CH:Travis McGee, Philip Marlowe, Spenser, and the Hardy Boys.

BNR: What haven't you done yet that you want to achieve as a writer?

CH: I want to finish the paragraph that I'm stuck on in the manuscript I'm working on.

September 24, 2014

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Skink--No Surrender 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
UNIONBEACHBUM More than 1 year ago
As always entertaining and funny. A good read for everyone 14 and above. Hiaasen delivers again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great story. Funny, believable, and very well written.
whiteoak More than 1 year ago
Loved the new Skink book. I think any teen would get a kick out of Hiaasen's humor and Skink's ingenuity (that part about the snell....yuck!). Maybe next time Skink and Jim will be back amongst some us older folks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read about a couple of old friends & memorably eccentric characters. The two teenagers were a pleasant surprise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Glad to have Skink back - Carl Hiaasens' characters are crazy and you probably would not want them in your neighborhood. Love all of his books and am anxiously awaiting the next one!!!!
RCCnLA More than 1 year ago
Combining mayhem and environmental concerns in to a humorous tale is what Carl Hiassen does.For fans of the elusive, drop out, former governor of Florida and his guardian angel retired highway patrolman, and the new characters who cross their paths, this is a great read. I don't know the state well enough to verify historical facts or casual references to locales, but Hiaasen is as entertaining as ever.Put some time aside; you may read it straight through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Skink wins again! A great story, with the normal underlying environmental message for kids of all ages.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Governor is back! Carl Hiaasen is awesome! Thank You Hudak for steering me in Carl's direction!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Easy read, the Governor makes it fun
Terry Hubler More than 1 year ago
Different. So was Skinny Dipping.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always fun to read. I will be upset if Skink dies or disappear
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual a warm comfortable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5 stars because this book was fun to read. Read if you need a laugh and enjoy smiling. Entertaining story and quirky characters. Enjoy
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book for ages 11 to 100
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hiason books never fail to entertain. This book is full of a fun journey with the beloved Skink "Governor " and Jim Tile. I throughly enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this story and I love Hiaasen's storytelling featuring one of my very favorite characters.
Drewano More than 1 year ago
While I liked No Surrender, I didn’t feel that is was as good as other Skink books. I think that was due to the perspective from which it was told (in this case a 14-year-old boy). A Skink book for the children if you would. Because of this some of the exploits were a bit tamer than usual which made it less laugh out loud funny and more like a regular book than a “Skink” book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book, very much in the Hiaasen bizarro world where a character like Skink could live, but toned down for the younger audience, told from the point of view and narrated by a young teenaged boy. Personally, I wouldn't mind living in that world. :) The boy's cousin (who is a bit of a brat) meets up with and is kidnapped by a chat room stalker. After a serendipitous meeting with the governor at a turtle nesting site on the beach, the Hiaasen roller coaster ride starts, as Skink joins with the boy to find his cousin. Definitely worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Skink--No Surrender kinda says it all
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If it was possibru, i would give the book 10 stars. This book was so good, i finished it in two days!!!! Thats how muck i loved it.
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
A Young Adult novel featuring our favorite ex-governor Clayton Tyree, now better known as “Skink”?  Just how does Carl Hiaasen think his going to accomplish this?? Surprising well, in fact.   Some concessions have to be made from the typical Hiaasen novel aimed at the adult set.  For starters, no swearing.  (OK, actually, there is PLENTY of swearing – just “off-screen”.  We know this because our narrator advises us on multiple occasions that both Skink and the various supporting characters apparently have quite the potty mouths.)  Secondly, no subplots; the reader doesn't have to invest the time in trying to figure out how the various plot threads are going to tie together when there's only one to track.  And sex?  C'mon – the most intense we get in this novel is the recognition of middle/high school crushes.  (There ARE some questions raised about what the villain of the piece may have done off-camera, but these turn out to be groundless.) So, should an adult even bother with this book?  OF COURSE!!  This is the rare novel that appears aimed at BOTH YA and adult audiences, and successfully reaches both.  (Think “Rocky and Bullwinkle” or “The Simpsons”, where your kids see humor on one level, and you catch an entirely different layer.)  Hiaasen DOES invoke the first-person narrative common to YA novels, which is not something he traditionally does in his Florida satires.  AND (perhaps the one concession to the YA reader that did not appeal to me), Hiaasen doesn't hint around with his messages of Florida history and natural conservation; they're clearly stated by our hero / narrator. RATING: 5 stars.  Well done, and it will stick with me long after I've read subsequent books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is about a teenager with a rebellious cousin named Mandy. Mandy's parents want to send her to bording schol, and she ran away with a guy she met online. Her cousin met a wild man and they search for his cousin. This is definatly a YA book. It crosses into some PG-13 territory. It is fabulous. I highly recommend it.