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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062027917
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/27/2012
Pages: 287
Sales rank: 1,209,947
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.32(h) x 1.03(d)
Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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,, and Discovery Networks. Barry lives in Memphis.

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Neversink 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Buried-in-Books More than 1 year ago
Neversink is an enchanting tale of a greedy owl trying to impose his will on an unusually complacent colony of birds-Puffins. Lockley and Lucy Puffin are most affected by his demands because Lucy is pregnant and the only one that can cook the fish smidgens he is demanding from the Puffins as a tax on their daily catch of fish. Lockley feels guilty because the owls never would have come to Neversink if he hadn't let Egbert the Walrus live on Neversink. Egbert invited the owls that live on the neighboring island of Tytonia to come to his party and taste Lucy's fish smidgens, but his real intent was to share knowledge. He had created a book and he wanted to share that knowledge with everyone. But what starts out so innocently leaves Lockley and the Great Auk fighting for their lives! Talking animals, mythology and adventure are sure to make this story one both kids and adults will love. Not too long, but with something everyone can take away from the book. The black and white illustrations are very expressive. Don't be surprised if a tear or two forms in your eyes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny, well told story with unforgettable characters. Wolverton is a great writer. I hope to see more books from him in the future!
hrose2931 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Neversink is the kind of book you read and once you get into it, you forget you're reading about talking animals as what's happening could apply to a foreign country or our country in the past or just about anywhere. I fell in love with Egbert the Walrus, the only one on Neversink, who really sort of started the trouble in the first place, but only out of the interest in educating everyone (including the owls on Tytonia) how to read and write. You see he'd created the first book....well it's rather a long story and I don't want to sound like a Walrus who according to the Prologue tend to be lengthy in their stories. (Don't any of you comment about the length of my reviews! I am not a Walrus!) Suffice it to say that the Auks and the Owls had already had a war-The Cod Wars and the Auks had been moved to Neversink on which the Owls were never to set foot. However, Egbert's invitation to his birthday party to taste Lucy Puffin's fish smidgens extended to the owls, was a sort of loophole. And, since there was some dissension going on over on Tytonia with the Owls, a few came-The Roundhats-called that because they wore derby hats. Egbert's big announcement about his book was overshadowed by the fact that the Roundhats, while detesting raw fish, found Lucy Puffin's fish smidgens very tasty and flew off with the lot of them back to Tytonia for the rest of the Owl to taste. The dissension going on Tytonia was that disease was spreading through the animals that the Owls preyed upon and they would need another food source. That's where the fish smidgen's came in. But, there was that Pesky Treaty of Yore that said the Owls would leave the Auks alone and the Great Grey Owl King was determined to stick to it. But when the greedy Rosbell comes into power, that treaty is thrown out along with Parliament and Rosbell basically becomes a dictator putting a fish tax on everything the Auks collect claiming 1/3 of them as fish smidgens. Unfortunately, pregnant Lucy Puffin is the only one that can make fish smidgen's so she's the only one truly affected by this. The Auks just go along with the tax. This is where the story gets really interesting. You see, Lucy and her husband, Lockley haven't had the best luck with their eggs in the past few years. No offspring so far. They are particularly protective this time. Lockley isn't going to let anything to happen to Lucy and the egg when she births it. But things get complicated when Lockley decides to stand up to Rosbell in defense of his wife. Problem is, Auks usually just kind of take things as they come and don't stand up for themselves so he doesn't get any help. And then Lockley disappears leaving Lucy defenseless. Except for a rather large Walrus with a heart of gold and a rather hyperactive hummingbird named Ruby. I could go on and tell you the story, but I have to stop there. Why should you read this story? For kids, it's a great lesson about blindly following orders and how to stand up for yourself even if everyone else is following along. It's about how one voice can make a difference. It's also got mythology in it. Forgiveness. And what real friendship is all about. And it's all done through talking animals with a really creative story. Bits of humor are strung throughout even during dangerous times. And, there is always hope and faith. You don't have to read anything into it or you can read into it for a deeper meaning. In either case, it's an enchanting story that held my 12 yr old and myself spellbound until the tear inducing ending. The illustrations are amazing! I didn't think black and white pictures could show such emotion, but looking in Lucy Puffin's eyes I almost cried. I did later.
book4children More than 1 year ago
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. Barry Wolverton built a beautiful, complex society of animals with history and heart. On the surface it seems like a simple story about a sadistic owl and the brave puffin that defies him, but there is so much more to it. It is a story of hardship, oppression, freedom, and courage. It is about standing up for what you know is right and sacrificing yourself for the good of society. It is about leadership and friendship, fear and loyalty. It makes the reader look inward and ask how much they would be willing to sacrifice to preserve their freedom and independence. Would you be willing to die for the right to live without oppression, or would you stand passively aside while your freedoms are stripped away? The imagery is stunning. The author did a fantastic job at world building. I fell in love with the island of Neversink and the animals that call it home. Highly recommended for kids ages 8 and up. Content: Light danger/suspense. Some animals die, but there are no gory details. I consider it clean.
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BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
Book Review (ARC) A really cute story that will entertain both young and old. Children will really enjoy the auks that are featured in the story, but the auks aren’t the only ones. All of the other little creatures are just as charming, good or bad, and no one can hold a candle to the duo of the walrus and the hummingbird. Two creatures that couldn’t be more different, but are two of the best friends an auk can have. Adults will be able to latch on to the story these animals are facing and the politics that come with it. The politics is the main part of the story, which I think will be over the heads of most children this book is aimed towards. I can see some of those moments as being hard to explain to kids, but some parents may love it for the opportunity for discussion with their children. Everyone will be able to appreciate the themes of friendship and family and the main character’s desire to always do the right thing. Lockley is an auk to be admired and he continually pulls through from his family and his colony. Luckily even when things are looking bleak for him – he has those wonderful friends to help him through it. My favorite part of the book was hearing how their world came to be, how they think that they ended up where they are, their mythology and their history. That makes for a wonderful story all it’s own. Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.