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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (17 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barry Wolverton Narrator: Emrhys Cooper Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9780449014806
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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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colby Sharp | 2/4/2014

    " I fell in love with Wolverton's characters early on. I really hope that we haven't seen the last of the hummingbird, walrus, and puffin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorelie | 2/1/2014

    " Love the animal characters in this story. Great sense of humor and good action. My kids will enjoy this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandielle | 1/22/2014

    " This was a wonderful adventure story, with arctic animals. I loved the side characters and our hero's nemesis- the tiny, eye-blinking owl. Just be aware the cute illustrations on the cover don't equate a 'cute' story. This was darker than I expected but overall just great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ada | 1/7/2014

    " It is hard to know exactly how to describe this book....unique, fascinating, whimsical and earthy at the same time. While the adventure was exciting, for me it was the characters that kept me reading. The good guys and the villains were portrayed with such truth and humor that you swear you know them. (Really, I think I do!) I don't re-read very many books, but I think I will on this one...but after I go on my own adventure to learn more about arctic birds and Scandinavian mythology. The writing in this book was so intelligent (and yet accessible) that I know I missed some fun things that I want to go back and discover! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 12/29/2013

    " 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 Rozbell comes into power, that treaty is thrown out along with Parliament and Rozbell 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 Rozbell 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 12/28/2013

    " I enjoyed reading this book to myself, but it was even better reading it aloud to my fifth graders. We all fell in love with the main characters! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wonderbunny | 12/28/2013

    " Cute preteen book that at times dragged but redeemed itself with an excellent ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy Mozer | 12/27/2013

    " Guardians of Ga'hool meets Ice Age in this quirky, fun, and intriguing novel by Barry Wolverton. The political dynamics in this novel studied in school along with Animal Farm. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/17/2013

    " This was good as an allegory starring a puffin can be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvonne | 12/12/2013

    " I read for fun and this book was FUN. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cynthia Edge | 12/6/2013

    " I read this book with my seven-year-old. While I found the characters endearing and the world of the auks and owls was unique and fun, I thought the story was a little slow at times. Kiddo enjoyed it, though! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Demlow | 11/30/2013

    " This was a wonderful book with a very different, and lovable hero!!! I can't wait for Barry's new series to come out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Davis Adams | 5/6/2013

    " I thought neversink was a great book! Neversink had a lovely story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorna | 5/1/2013

    " I enjoyed this hero's adventure journey a lot, and loved the mix of bad guys and good guys. I think it'd make a great read aloud for third and fourth grades. Independent readers with a love of animal fantasy books will surely like this tale that even manages to spin some mythology into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donalyn | 1/22/2013

    " A plucky puffin goes on a quest to save his colony, which is oppressed by dictatorial owls. Imagine Happy Feet meets A Bug's Life. While I think that some of the references will be overlooked by young readers, the characters are engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 1/2/2013

    " *Full review to come* "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noelle | 12/29/2012

    " Not my favorite but it was a very creative story line. As I got deeper into the book, the suspense was building and I couldn't put it down. "

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