Our 2014 Kids' Book of Choice
About the Author
Literacy Mid-South has chosen Neversink by Barry Wolverton as our 2014 Book of Choice. Barry, a local Memphian, has 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. Barry is also a recent addition to Literacy Mid-South's Advisory Board.
His debut novel, Neversink, is now available in paperback. The first book in The Vanishing Island trilogy releases in early 2015.
About the Book
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.
HERE are some guided reading questions to get discussion going for you, your family, or your book club.
Get the Book!
Neversink is available for purchase at a special display at Booksellers at Laurelwood. Booksellers at Laurelwood is a longtime supporter of Literacy Mid-South and a sponsor for this event.
While you are at Booksellers, be sure to join the Gives Back Program and designate Literacy Mid-South as your beneficiary. Not only do you receive gift certificates and special discounts, a percentage of your purchases is given directly to support the many programs of Literacy Mid-South. More information is available here.