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"Wolverton debuts with a whimsical fantasy that does for Arctic waterfowl what Redwall did for woodland creatures. The author is a natural storyteller, giving readers a charmingly wry, offbeat tale that draws on mythology and intersperses a good amount of information about Arctic wildlife amid the story's humor." (Publishers Weekly)

"[NEVERSINK] reads with the epic ambition of Watership Down, but with laughs . . . the mythos the author has created is both logical and lovely. An intelligent, entertaining fantasy with snappy dialogue and well-developed characters, all designed to keep readers engaged to the final, satisfying page." (Booklist)

"With history and myths reminiscent of Norse sagas, Neversink and its feathered denizens impart lessons in power, leadership and the role of 'stories' in the guise of a fantasy adventure. An unexpected hero and his amusing, devoted helpers entertain and inspire." (Kirkus Reviews)

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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.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 870L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Walden Pond Press; 1 edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062027913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062027917
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,724,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Barry Wolverton makes his debut with Neversink, which grew from his longtime interest in arctic wildfowl and Scandinavian folklore. He has also written for National Geographic, Scholastic.com, and Discovery Networks. Barry lives in Memphis. You can find him online at www.barrywolverton.com

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I would hug this book if it weren't physically impossible for a human and a book about a puffin, a walrus, and a hummingbird to embrace. It has everything I love about a fantastic middle grade book. Adventure, fun, wit, illustrations, a dastardly villain, love, friendship, PUFFINS, and of course, a map.

Neversink by Barry Wolverton tells the story of an improbable hero, Lockley Puffin, and his adventure that comes full circle. Neversink is an island populated by auks (a family of fish-eating birds that includes puffins, razorbills, murres, and guillemots) lying off the coast of the mainland, Tytonia, where, if you will forgive the expression, the owls rule the roost. When the fear arises that the small animals owls consider food are infected with the sickness, one ambitious owl takes it as an opportunity to oust the king and put the auks of Neversink back under the owls' thumb (yes, I know owls don't have thumbs, it's a figure of speech!). Rozbell, the new owl ruler with a Napoleon complex, enacts a fish tax, indulging in the scrumptious delights that are Lucy Puffin's fish smidgens. It would appear, however, that Rozbell's appetite cannot be quenched (while of course, those around him continue to be quite peckish), and soon the demands upon the auks rise. Lockley refuses to let such a burden fall upon his people, particularly upon his wife Lucy. But with a population of birds who have many mottos about not making waves, how will a squidgy puffin, a scholarly walrus, and an excitable hummingbird save the day?

Oh friends, I loved this book. Barry Wolverton's writing was so unabashedly clever and full of wit that I found myself constantly smiling and chuckling while reading Neversink.
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"Funny and upbeat, Barry Wolverton's well-written debut novel is full of the kind of details that will keep readers age ... interested. Neversink's offbeat humor, combined with facts about the Arctic -- in the time before humans -- keep the intricate plot moving." --Barbara Lawrence, Common Sense Media
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The imaginative story of talking birds, where a courageous puffin made it his mission to rescue his home island in an early time. Along the Arctic Circle, a small island called Neversink, having harsh, rough cliffs with ragged notches, and fragmented rocks is the home to an odd-looking seabirds colony, called auks. Their great motivating Lockley J. Puffin is there with the sharp-tongued hummingbird Ruby, and admirable friend Egbert the know-it-all walrus.

But this peaceful environment is about to change, when Rozbell, the newly crowned king of the Owl Parliament, is dealing with a famine on Tytonia, the mainland, while he has long had his scheming eyes on the small colony to the northwest. Neversink's independence hangs in the balance, since an insurgence of owls will destroy environmental living as the auks are used to it. Lockley J. Puffin is to do something about it. What parents need to know

Novelist Barry Wolverton, a National Geographic writer, has created a new platform for writing 21st century books for our youngsters. He raised the bar by weaving not only environmental concepts into his innovative, engaging and purposeful novel, but tackled issues on as well as bravery, freedom, and democracy. He applied NG traditions on presenting geographical and other related information about the Arctic zone.
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This book is everything I love: adventure, humor, silliness, great characters, amazing setting and best of all.. puffins! I loved that Neversink featured animals that you don't often see in middle grade novels. The Artic setting was amazing. The characters were hilarious and sweet without being babyish. My ten year old daughter loved this book. I did too. Best of all, this book is not fluff. There are some deeper messages about doing the right thing and being different. I really hope there will be a second book!
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Neversink is the story of Lockley and how he saves Neversink from the bad owls of Tytonia. Lockley, the puffin, lives in a small island in the arctic that is a colony of the larger island, Tytonia. Tytonia is home to the owls, which have left the auks alone since the great peace. When diseases appears to be effecting the food supply of the owls and a power-hungry new leader takes over, the owls set out to take Neversink's food. Lockley is determined not to submit to the owls and must figure out a way to get rid of them before his friends and family are hurt.

This was a cute story with some enjoyable humor. I thought the pacing was a little slow at points. The details of the owl parliament and how owl law works are a little bit of a drag to the pacing of the story. I did really like the ending and felt the later third of the novel was the strongest part of it.

Lockley and his collection of friends are the unlikely heroes of this book. A puffin, a hummingbird and a walrus aren't what you'd think of as hero material but I really like how they came together in the end with different strengths and weaknesses that made getting rid of the owls possible. The occasional illustrations help to bolster the enjoyable dialog and snappy characters.

This was a great middle reader book but I didn't fall in love with it. 3.5 Stars.
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