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Neversink by Barry Wolverton
Published by Walden Pond Press
Pages: 287
Ages: Middle Grade
Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository
Publishers Summary:

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.

Neversink by Barry Wolverton was a book that I fell in love with from the instant I saw the cover. Yes, I’m a cover person, what can I say? How can you not love the idea of a story that involves three of the most unlikely friends on a journey together to places they never should even step foot on? Lockley, Egbert and Ruby were hilarious to say the least, but the overwhelming message you take away from these three friends is exactly the opposite of what I did with Neversink when I initially saw it…don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Now, maybe you’re the type who doesn’t like main characters that happen to be animals or you think that middle grade novels are far too young for your reading level, well then this concept definitely applies because you’d certainly be missing out by not reading Barry Wolverton’s Neversink!

Obviously the characters were one of the most outstanding aspects of Neversink. Lockley is a puffin who dreams of soaring through the skies and is known amongst his colony as outspoken and maybe even a bit odd. Ruby is a sharp witted hummingbird that is full of surprises, the least of which is the fact she lives in a freezing cold climate with a walrus and a puffin. Egbert was by far and above my favorite character as well as the Turkeybird’s. We both loved his clumsiness, quirky behavior and love for the puffins he lived with. Now, besides these three main characters there were also many others including the nasty Rozbell, an owl set on overtaking the puffins, who had both myself and the Turkeybird in stitches on more than one occasion. All of these characters and so many more made up a cast that literally came to life as you flipped through the pages of Neversink.

Besides the marvelous characters Neversink had something else that made this a book I couldn’t wait to read to the Turkeybird as soon as I finished it myself. (Yes, I’ve read it twice already!) It had heart. That may sound cheesy and antiquated, but the feeling and theme were what connected with me. Here is a story about a group of friends that against all odds and stereotypes, not to mention their own personal fears, came together to save one another and those they loved. Yes, it’s absolutely an adventure a minute because of these things, but it’s Lockley’s determination to do the right thing and do some of the most impossible tasks that makes Neversink soar.

Debut author Barry Wolverton has created a world that will resonate with readers young and old for years to come. Neversink is an non-stop adventure that takes you to the very depths of the coldest waters in the world and through seemingly unstoppable obstacles. At it’s core though Neversink by Barry Wolverton is a novel filled with love, compassion, determination and a cast that brings those things to life. Lockley, Egbert and Ruby prove that you should never judge a book by it’s cover and that it’s possible that the most unlikely hero could be the one looking you in the mirror, so never give up. I’m thrilled to have had the opportunity to have read Neversink by Barry Wolverton and both the Turkeybird & I are eagerly anticipating more from this marvelous author!

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 5 to 15 (and older of course). An adventure around every corner with the world’s most unlikely heroes! This is a perfect read-aloud and one that very young & old readers will enjoy.

Find Neversink by Barry Wolverton at the following spots:
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Did you miss our interview with author Barry Wolverton? Don’t! The Turkeybird sat down and asked the toughest 20 Questions he could come up with!

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4 Responses to Book Review: Neversink by Barry Wolverton

  1. Kristen M. says:

    I didn’t know this before this week but Z’s school librarian is a huge fan of puffins! She’s really excited about this book but I might just have to sneak a read of it before she catalogues it. 🙂

  2. Jonathan says:

    This looks like a wonderful book. I’ll be on the lookout for it as a read aloud with my daughter. Thanks!

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