The #1 New York Times bestselling author Carl Hiaasen debuts his first book for teens with Skink – No Surrender.

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.

Carl Hiaasen first introduced readers to Skink more than twenty-five years ago in Double Whammy, and he quickly became Hiaasen’s most iconic and beloved character, appearing in six novels to date. Both teens and adults will be thrilled to catch sight of the elusive “captain” as he pursues his own unique brand of swamp justice. With Skink at the wheel, the search for a missing girl is both nail-bitingly tense and laugh-out-loud funny.

Read them here, free: the first three chapters of Skink – No Surrender.

Skink Trivia: Jimmy Buffett mentions Skink in the song The Ballad of Skip Wiley.

Teachers: Download the Skink – No Surrender Educators' Guide (PDF).

Knopf Books for Young Readers 2014