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Along the Arctic Circle lies a small island called Neversink, whose jagged cliffs and ice-gouged rocks are home to a colony of odd-looking seabirds called auks, including one Lockley J. Puffin. With their oceanfront views and plentiful supply of fish, the auks have few concerns—few, save for Lockley's two best friends, Egbert and Ruby, a know-it-all walrus and a sharp-tongued hummingbird.
But all of this is about to change. Rozbell, the newly crowned king of the Owl Parliament, is dealing with a famine on the mainland of Tytonia—and he has long had his scheming eyes on the small colony to the north. Now Neversink's independence hangs in the balance. An insurgence of owls will inevitably destroy life as the auks know it—unless Lockley can do something about it.
Barry Wolverton's debut is an epic tale of some very un-epic birds, a fast-paced and funny story of survival, friendship, and fish.
Highly recommended for children ages 8 through 98.
Their great motivating Lockley J. Puffin is there with the sharp-tongued hummingbird Ruby, and admirable friend Egbert the know-it-all walrus.
Barry Wolverton does a great job of creating interesting characters based on the natural traits of these arctic seabirds.
Excuse me a moment while I communicate with the Middle Grade sky Gods, and thank them profusely for the likes of mister Barry Wolverton. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Reeka aka BoundbyWords
This book is precisely the reason I love middle grade literature. It's like reading Animal Farm for kids. It is like everything and nothing I've read before. I loved it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dena
This book read very much like a kids' movie (I could totally see an adaptation on the big screen) - full of crazy characters and dramatic moments.
The negatives. Read more
Life on Neversink is quiet and the auks are content to have it so. But there is disease on Tytonia and one fearful owl, Rozbell is determined to turn the land of Neversink into his... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Consuming Worlds
Don't get me wrong, I've always loved puffins. And this was a charming political spoof, sort of if the 'Happy Feet' films and Nancy Yi Fan's Swordbird had a baby and it were raised... Read morePublished 19 months ago by K. Larson
What your kids will love about this book: puffin, walrus and hummingbird best friends (really, how could you go wrong? Read morePublished 19 months ago by Yen B Nguyen
I love the cover of this book. I love the walrus in the story. I like the idea that this book *could* be used as part of a unit study about auks and other northern creatures. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Michael
In a time long ago, on an arctic island named "Neversink", a colony of peaceful puffins, auks and walruses is threatened by the expansionist ambitions of some nearby militant owls. Read morePublished 19 months ago by bobbrooksster