Carl Hiaasen is a Florida boy, and he’s written about eighty million books for adults. They are all set in Miami and the Florida Keys, fun, quirky, adventurous, and usually have an environmental theme. His young adult books are equally good, and have won awards, rightfully so.
Sink — No Surrender melds a recurring character in his adult books (Skink, aka the former governor of Florida, thought to be dead after a long time MIA; aka Clinton Tyree) with the teens that have made his young adult writing popular. Although there are environmental flavors in this one, the ‘theme’ is one which resonates with me as a parent. The main character, Richard, has a best friend/cousin named Malley. Malley has disappeared, as it turns out with a person she met on the internet who had an assumed identity. Naturally, things do not go well. Richard teams up with Skink, who he meets in a bizarre scene only dream-up-able by Carl Hiaasen, to find Malley, hopefully before it is too late.
The obvious lessons here are not at all given ham handedly. Malley is generally a smart and strong girl, and not anyone’s stereotype. It was an enjoyable read, an adventurous and exciting one, with laugh out loud funny passages, and one you will want your teen and tweenage children to read.
To read more about this book (which Amazon says isn’t coming out until December 1, but which I found in my public library in November) or to buy it (great holiday gift for the teen in your life!) click the link below.