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Richard has always been best friends with his cousin Malley. She’s kind of a wild child, but she always tells Richard what she’s up to. When he returns from the beach where he was supposed to meet Malley, her parents tell him that she’s left for school and has only left him a voicemail message, Richard is suspicious. Everyone knew that Malley was extremely unhappy about being shipped off to boarding school in New Hampshire. So Richard starts to snoop around, and realizes that Malley hasn’t gone to school, she’s run off to meet someone she met online.
Richard is worried, but he doesn’t want to get Malley in trouble. Before he learned of Malley’s disappearance, he had met a stranger on the beach. A stranger who seemed determined to rescue endangered turtles and who had a stubborn sense of fairness. Richard had been intrigued, and spent some time investigating the man’s background. Skink, aside from the being listed as dead, is a former governor of Florida who has a reputation for relishing working for a cause, and being on the side of justice. And he has a local detective who vouches for him. So when Richard needs advice, Skink seemed like a good source of information.
With no preparation and an alarming phone call from Malley, Richard and Skink set off to rescue his cousin. Florida is full of dangerous creatures, crazy weather, and outrageous people, but somewhere out there is Malley. And they’re going to find her, no matter what it takes.
I really enjoyed the narrator of Skink No Surrender. He was able to change his voice for every character, and keep you right on the edge of your seat. Skink especially is a character, and his booming voice is fun to hear. This audio has everything I look for in something to keep me listening.
Skink No Surrender bridges the gap between Hiaasen’s teen books and his adult books; in fact, Skink is a character that appears in many of Hiaasen’s adult novels. Because of the situation with Malley that sets off Richard’s and Skink’s rescue mission, this book is most appropriate for high school students. The details of Malley’s time with her kidnapper aren’t detailed, but it’s obvious that she doesn’t want to be with him. So I wouldn’t recommend this title for elementary students, or sensitive middle school students. With that said, it’s a very enjoyable read–whether it’s the print or the audio version.