Title: Skink No Surrender
Author: Carl Hiaasen
Review: Another book we chose to listen to on our road trip last month - this one sounded crazy but my husband picked it up at the library anyway - well we started the CD and every time we want to talk or stop - we stop the CD first so no one misses anything in the story. Well my kids yelled in protest whenever we stopped this book - they wanted to know what was going to happen - who would make it and what would the guy with only 1 eye do if he was in trouble - and the alligators and the woodpeckers - what was going to happen and why was his mom OK with him being gone so much and with someone she did not know?
Well we discovered the answers to all of these questions and the kids really enjoyed this strange book with its mix up of characters and incidents - they loved the interactions that the characters had and why was Richard called Richard - well you learn all of that along the way -
This book is s fun mix of the absurd and the "sure that could happen" and yet really none of it is out of the realm of possibilities - except that they really is little violence and other adult themes when the themes in this book boarder on adult - kidnapping - etc -
It was a great book to listen to and kept us all listening and following along to the bitter end - I would rank this book 4 stars and would read more from this author.
Synopsis: 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.
SUNSHINE STATE AWARD FINALIST!
Hardcover, 281 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Author Information: Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida, where he still lives with his family. After graduating from the University of Florida, he began writing for the Miami Herald. As a journalist and author, Carl has spend most of his life advocating the protection of the Florida Everglades. He and his family still live in southern Florida.