Barry Wolverton’s masterful middle-grade debut, Neversink, is an epic tale of some very un-epic birds, a fast-paced and funny story of survival, friendship, and fish, in the vein of Watership Down and Kathi Appelt’s The Underneath.
Along the Arctic Circle lies a small island called Neversink, 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, 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.
Music Playlist for NEVERSINK:
Free As a Bird: The Beatles
And Your Bird Can Sing: The Beatles
Strawberry Fields Forever: The Beatles
I Am the Walrus: The Beatles
Ooh-La-La: The Faces
Back in Black: AC/DC
We Both Go Down Together and Summersong: The Decemberists
Watch Your Step: Elvis Costello
Gangster Trippin’: Fatboy Slim
Flyin’ High (In the Friendly Sky): Marvin Gaye
Honey and I: Haim
Hold On, Hold On: Neko Case
Oh My Heart: REM
Can’t Find My Way Home: Steve Winwood
I Wanna Roo You: Van Morrison
Such Great Heights: The Postal Service
Anything by Charlie Parker (a k a “The Bird”)
I have been writing for children for 20 years, helping create educational books, documentaries, and online content for Discovery Networks, National Geographic, the Library of Congress, Scholastic, and Time-Life Books.
My debut novel, NEVERSINK, is now available in paperback. The first book in THE VANISHING ISLAND trilogy releases in early 2015.