Hiaasen, Carl Skink No Surrender, 281 pgs. Alfred A. Knopf, 2014. $18.99 Content: Language: PG-13 (24 swears); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG-13.
Richard’s cousin Malley has lied to her parents and ran off with a man she met online. Malley is constantly stirring up trouble, so nobody seems too worried about finding her, but Richard has a bad feeling about it and wants to go look for her. When Richard meets a quirky man on the beach who is saving turtle eggs, they join forces to look for Malley. A fantastic adventure follows.
I love Carl Hiaasen-he creates original and lovable characters. This book had me laughing out loud and I was unable to put it down during the suspenseful parts. Malley faces danger, which I think is a good outcome for running away with someone you meet online, so that is the mature content (there isn’t anything sexual). The violence is a gunshot wound. I love this book and recommend it as a great boy book (even though girls would love it too).
MS, HS-ESSENTIAL. Reviewer, C. Peterson.