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Skink-- no surrender
Hiaasen, Carl.
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New York, N.Y. : Listening Library : Books on Tape, [2014]

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7 audio discs (8 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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.
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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.


Author Notes

Carl Hiaasen was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on March 12, 1953. He received a degree in journalism from the University of Florida in 1974. He has been a reporter and columnist for the Miami Herald since 1976, and is known for exposing scandal and corruption throughout southern Florida. He has received numerous state and national honors for his journalism and commentary including the Damon Runyon Award from the Denver Press Club. His work has also appeared in numerous magazines including Sports Illustrated, Playboy, Time, Life, Esquire and Gourmet.

His best-selling novels include Double Whammy, Skin Tight, Native Tongue, Stormy Weather, Lucky You, Sick Puppy, Basket Case, Nature Girl and Razor Girl. His 1993 novel, Striptease, was adapted as a film in 1996 starring Demi Moore and Burt Reynolds. He also writes children's books including Hoot, which was awarded a Newbery Honor; Flush; and Scat. Hoot was adapted into a film in 2006. His non-fiction works include Team Rodent; The Downhill Lie: A Hacker's Return to a Ruinous Sport; and two collections of his newspaper columns entitled Kick Ass and Paradise Screwed. In 2013 his titles Chomp and Bad Monkey made The New York Times bestseller list. In 2014, his non-fiction title Dance of the Reptiles made it to the New York Times bestseller list. Skink - No Surrender made the New York Times bestseller list in 2014.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* In his first novel aimed at teens, Hiaasen leaves behind middle-school bullying and veers this ecological mystery into the territory of online predators, with inimitable Hiaasen style. Richard's cousin Malley is missing, and he fears that she's in danger, despite her eventual calm phone calls and e-mails. When she drops a clue about having spotted the possibly extinct ivory-billed woodpecker, Richard knows she needs help and is giving him a clue. His sidekick on this sleuthing adventure is Skink, from Hiaasen's adult fiction a Vietnam vet, an ex-governor, and an ecological-crusading, road-kill-eating hermit. Eccentric doesn't begin to describe him or the variety of objects he inserts in his empty eye socket. Skink and Richard make quite a dangerous and entertaining duo in a story that careens perfectly from one crazy situation to the next. The predator details are not described in intimate detail, leaving readers to imagine the realities for themselves, but the dangers of online relationships are clearly illuminated. Reluctant readers (especially guys) will surrender themselves to this page-turner. Cross your fingers that we haven't seen the last of Skink! HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: With Skink showing up in teen territory, this YA debut from the number-one New York Times best-selling author has crossover potential. Stock up!--Dobrez, Cindy Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Heyborne's easy-on-the-ears narration offers readily distinguishable voices for the characters of Richard, Skink, and Malley in Hiaasen's first book for teens. Heyborne's smooth vocal transitions from one speaker to the next, combined with Hiaasen's irresistible plot and dialogue, is a pleasure to listen to. The adventures begin when 14-year-old Richard discovers that his cousin Malley has run off with a troubled and dangerous man she met on the Internet. After a chance meeting with Richard, former Florida governor Skink joins the mission to find Malley before she is harmed. Heyborne believably conveys Richard and Skink's shift from strangers to comrades, as their quest finds them working in unison to overcome inclement weather, unpredictable animals, and worst of all, irrational humans. Hiaasen's relationships ring true. His writing is spot-on, and, as a result, listeners will shirk their plans so that they may continue listening, eager to learn what happens next. Ages 12-up. A Knopf hardcover. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



ONE I walked down to the beach and waited for Malley, but she didn't show up.    The moon was full and the ocean breeze felt warm. Two hours I sat there on the sand--no Malley. In the beginning it was just annoying, but after a while I began to worry that something was wrong.    My cousin, in spite of her issues, is a punctual person.   I kept calling her cell phone but it went straight to her voice mail, which was Malley chortling in a British accent: "I'm in the loo. Ring you back later!" I didn't leave a message, and I didn't text, either.    In case somebody else had her phone.   Somebody like her dad, who's my uncle. He takes away Malley's cell like twice a week as punishment for acting up, acting out, whatever. Still, even when she's in trouble at home, she always finds a way to sneak out to the beach.   A few turtle people were scouting the shoreline, waggling their flashlights. I walked north, as Malley and I usu- ally did. We'd never seen a turtle actually laying her eggs, but we'd found several nests. The first thing you notice is the flipper tracks leading up from the water's edge. Loggerheads, hawksbills and green turtles leave trenches like a mini-dune buggy when they drag their heavy shells across the sand.   After the mother turtle finishes depositing her eggs, she covers them with a loose, churned mound. Every time that Malley and I came across one, we'd call the state wildlife office and they would send an officer to mark it.   First, wooden stakes are tapped into the sand to create a rectangular perimeter outside the mound; then hot-pink ribbons are strung from one stake to the next. You can go to jail for messing with a turtle nest, so the officers put up a warning sign. Still, every so often some random idiot gets caught stealing the eggs, which are sold as a romantic ingredient in certain places.   Pathetic but true. The phone chirped, but it wasn't a text from Malley; it was my mom asking where the heck I was. I texted her that I was still down by the water, and that no savage criminals had tried to snatch me. Afterwards I tried Malley's number once more, but she didn't pick up.    So I walked on alone until I came to a marked nest that I didn't remember seeing the last time Malley and I were there. The dig was new and soft. I picked a spot outside the warning ribbon and sat down holding my baseball bat, which Mom makes me carry for protection whenever I go to the beach after dark. It's an Easton aluminum model left over from when I played Little League. I feel dorky carrying it, but Mom won't let me out of the house if I don't. Too many creeps in the world, she says.    The slanted moonlight made the waves look like curls of pink gold. I lay back, folded my arms behind my head and closed my eyes. The wind was easing, and I heard a train blow its horn to the west, on the mainland.    That wasn't all. I heard the sound of breathing, too, and it wasn't my own.    At first I thought: Turtle . The breaths were damp and shallow, like air being forced through a broken whistle.    I sat up and looked around: No sign of tracks. Maybe it was an old bobcat, watching me from the dunes. Or a raccoon--they like to dig up loggerhead nests and chow down the eggs. I slapped the Easton in the palm of my left hand, which stung. The noise was sharp enough to scare off most critters, but it didn't frighten whatever was breathing nearby.    Leaving seemed like a smart idea, but I got only fifty yards before I turned and went back. Whatever I'd heard couldn't be very large because otherwise I would have spotted it; there was really no place to hide on an empty beach under a full moon.    Approaching the turtle nest again, I put down the Easton and cupped my ears to muffle the sound of the waves. The mysterious breathing seemed to be coming from inside the rectangle of pink ribbons.    Could it be a crab? I wondered. A crab with asthma?    Because new turtle eggs don't make a peep. That I knew for a fact.    Carefully I stepped over the border of ribbons and crouched on top of the nest. In and out went the raspy noise, slow and even. I leaned closer and saw a striped soda straw sticking out of the sand. Through the exposed end I could feel a puff of warm air whenever the underground creature exhaled.    No more than three inches of the straw was exposed, but that was enough to pinch between my fingers. When I pulled it out of the mound, the in-and-out noise stopped.    I stood dead still on my heels, waiting for a reaction. Honestly I wasn't trying to suffocate the critter; I just wanted to make it crawl out so I could see what the heck it was. My thought was to take a picture with my phone and text it to Malley.    The world's sneakiest crab, right?    But then, as I was peering at the spot where the soda straw had been, the turtle nest basically exploded. A full-grown man shot upright in a spray of sand, and my heart must have stopped beating for ten seconds.    Built like a grizzly, he was coughing and swearing and spitting through a long, caked beard. On his chiseled block of a head he wore (I swear) a flowered plastic shower cap. Even weirder, his left eye and right eye were pointed in totally different directions.    I vaulted back over the ribbon and snatched up my baseball bat.    He said, "Get serious, boy."    After catching my breath, I asked, "What are you doing here?"    "Gagging, thanks to you."    I tried to apologize but I couldn't put the words together. I was too freaked.    "Let's have your name," the man said.    "R-R-Richard." "They call you Rick?"    "No."    "Ricky? Richie?"    "Just Richard."    "Outstanding," he said. "I like your parents already."    "Dude, you can't sleep in a turtle nest!"    "What'd you do with my straw?" He brushed himself off. I'm guessing he stood six four, six five. Large, like I said. He wore a moldy old army jacket and camo pants, and he was clutching a dirty duffel bag.    "They'll put you in jail," I said. "Yeah?" He wheeled in a full circle, kicking violently at the sand with his boots. I covered my eyes.    "See, Richard," he said when he was done, "it's not a real turtle nest."     One by one he yanked up the stakes and tied them together with the pink ribbons. He crammed the whole bundle into his duffel and said, "I was waiting on a man."    "While you're buried on a beach?"    "It's meant to be a surprise. His name is Dodge Olney. Digs up turtle eggs and sells them on the black market for two bucks a pop. One night he's gonna dig up me."    "Then what?" I asked.    "He and I will have a chat."    "Why don't you just call the law?"    "Olney's been arrested three times for robbing loggerhead nests," the man explained. "The jailhouse experience has failed to rehabilitate him. I'll be taking a different approach."    There was no anger in his voice, but the slow way he said the words made me seriously glad not to be Mr. Olney.    "Tell me this, Richard. What are you doing out here?"    I don't have much experience with homeless persons, so I was sort of sketched out. But he was an old dude, probably the same age as my grandpa, and I decided there was no way he could catch me if I ran.    Looking up and down the shore, I saw that I was on my own. The nearest flashlight beams were a couple hundred yards away--more turtle people. There was a row of private houses on the other side of the dunes, so I figured I could take off in that direction, if necessary. Pound on somebody's door and yell for help.    "I've gotta get going," I said to the stranger.    "Excellent idea."    "If you see a girl out here about my age? That's my cousin." I wanted him to know, in case he got any crazy ideas. He was aware that in the moonlight I had a good look at his face, those weird eyeballs that didn't match.    "You want me to have her call you?" he asked.    "Don't talk to her, please. She'll get scared."    "Understandably."    "Maybe you should find somewhere else to crash," I said.    He grinned--and I mean these were the whitest, brightest, straightest teeth I ever saw. Not what you expect on a grungy old guy who'd just popped out of a hole.    "Son, I've walked the whole way from Lauderdale on this hunt, sleeping every night on the beach. That's a hundred and thirty-odd miles, and you're the first person to make it an issue."    "It's not an issue," I said. "Just, you know, a suggestion."   "Well, I got one for you: Go home."    "What's your name?" I asked.    "So you can give it to the cops? No thanks."    I promised not to call the police, which was true for the moment. The man wasn't breaking any laws, sleeping underground with a straw for a breathing tube. Really he wasn't bothering a soul, and then I came along and riled him up.    "The name's Clint Tyree," he told me, "although I haven't answered to it in years. Good night, now."    He walked away, along the water's edge. I sat down beside the remains of his fake turtle nest, took out my cell and Googled the name he'd given me, just to make sure he wasn't listed on some child-predator site. He wasn't.    He was, however, famous for something else.    When I caught up to him, half a mile down the beach, I told him that Wikipedia said he was dead. Excerpted from Skink - No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. 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