But all of this is about to change. Rozbell, the newly crowned king of 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. (Taken from Goodreads 12/28/11)
Here's the best part of my story - I stuck with this book and loved it in the end. I tried to read it back in November or December but I had to take a break. I told Kellee that I needed some help, some kind of scaffolding to help me get into the book. She said to try and just think of the characters as people. That's what I tried and I just kept reading. I have noticed that I'm not the best at visualizing books. I've definitely developed this skill more since I have been reading more and more in the last five years but I don't see every detail in my mind. I feel like that impacted my reading of this book. It was hard for me to imagine exactly what Neversink was like.
As I read, it became much easier to visualize and understand the characters in the story. By the end I was rushing to find out what would happen to Lockley and Lucy and all the birds in Neversink. My favorite part of this story is the emphasis on telling stories and knowing stories from our past. In a sense, that part reminded me of The Giver. We need to know our history to make a better future for ourselves. I love this message.
Middle Grade Companion for- Animal Farm by George Orwell, The Princess Bride by William Goldman
"The sea, the sea!
That's what he wanted. The sea was where he belonged. Those funny shapes and awkward moving parts that made puffins so comical on land revealed their harmonious purpose underwater. Below the surface, their short powerful wings and broad webbed feet propelled their torpedo-shaped bodies deep into the ocean's twilight zone, and their oversized bills allowed them to capture dozens of fish per dize. Survival challenges that would cripple an eagle were elegantly and skillfully met by the humble puffin. If only we never had to return to land, Lockley often thought, our self-esteen would be much higher." (p. 140)
Also check out the Neversink Interview with Barry Wolverton HERE