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Skink No Surrender

Written by Carl Hiaasen

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This is a dive in head first and read until you're dizzy book, so utterly brilliant and readable it’s scary! The totally bizarre and freakily sane Skink joins detective forces with Richard, who is looking for his cousin Malley after she runs away with a man she met online. With laugh until you gasp for air moments, mostly involving Skink, you quickly realise he is one of the most amazing characters to ever appear in print - would you actually want to meet him? Oh yes, most definitely! Some authors have that undefinable edge, that ability to take you right there, to the place of their choosing, Hiaasen most certainly has the gift. This is an unforgettable must read of a crime/ mystery novel for young adults.

P.S. this is so unputdownable, don’t leave it around for other people to pick up until you’ve finished reading it - as you won't get it back! ~ Liz Robinson

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Georgina Bellingham, age 11 - 'I really liked this book because it had mystery, excitement, courage and compassion.' Read full review >
  • Jemma Rubens, age 10 - 'This awe inspiring book is about a child, Malley Spencer, who is kidnapped...A fantastic book for everyone, I would definitely recommend it!' Read full review >
  • Sophia Ufton - 'Wow! what an amazing story to read, really enjoyed this book so much, it was a surprise too.' Read full review >
  • Amelie Chatham, age 11 'Skink No Surrender is a great book for all those who love novels that leave them on the edge of their seat all the way through.' Read full review >


Skink No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen

Typical 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 25 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 'governor' as he pursues his own unique brand of swamp justice. With Skink at the wheel, the search for a missing girl is both nail-bitingly tense and laugh-out-loud funny.


'Satire is a powerful weapon in the hands of an expert , and you're more likely to laugh out loud than cry during this book because the situations the characters get themselves into are so utterly off-the-wall... well worth a look.' THE BOOK BAG

'An hilarious, edge of your seat read. Animal lovers everywhere will love this great story about dangerous creatures, which also gives a behind the scenes look at how the worst TV shows are made.' -- Julia Eccleshare LOVEREADING4KIDS

About the Author

Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of ten novels for adults, including Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy, Lucky You, Stormy Weather and Basket Case. His first novel for younger readers, Hoot, was a bestselling success and Scat reached no. 2 on the New York Times bestseller list. He also writes a twice weekly metropolitan column for the Miami Herald.

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240 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Indigo (an Imprint of Orion Children's) an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

7th May 2015




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