Skink-No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen

This was a fun adventure book. Richard’s cousin Malley has taken off with a stranger and no one is sure how willing a traveler she is.  When the police don’t make any progress he decides to find her on his own.  He enlists the help of a curious drifter-slash- ecowarrior and the madcap plot twists begin.

I like how Hiassen always gets ecology lessons into each of his books.  His careful setting development makes me want to take a trip to the Everglades. I thought the kidnapping storyline was a bit undeveloped, but I recognize that keeping this a little vague extends the age for readers down a bit.

You can read the first few chapter for free on the author’s web page.

Date finished: 12/24/2014

Lexile : 770

Interest:  grades 7 and up

Source:  ARC

Publication date: 9/23/2014

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