Author. Walrus scholar apprentice.
I have been writing for intelligent children of all ages for almost 20 years, helping create educational books, documentaries, and online content for Discovery Networks, National Geographic, the Library of Congress, Scholastic, and Time-Life Books. Ever since seeing puffins at the Baltimore Aquarium, I have wondered why penguins are so much more celebrated than their equally adorable northern counterparts.
For NEVERSINK, my first book, I conducted extensive research at the legendary walrus library at Ocean's End. I currently live with a walrus-sized cat named Charlie in Memphis, Tenn.
Wolverton debuts with a whimsical fantasy that does for Arctic waterfowl what the Redwall series did for woodland creatures. The author is a natural storyteller, giving readers a charmingly wry, offbeat tale that draws on mythology and intersperses a good amount of information about Arctic wildlife amid the story’s humor. (Publishers Weekly)
With history and myths reminiscent of Norse sagas, Neversink and its feathered denizens impart lessons in power, leadership and the role of “stories” in the guise of a fantasy adventure. An unexpected hero and his amusing, devoted helpers entertain and inspire. (Kirkus Reviews)
[NEVERSINK] reads with the epic ambition of Watership Down, but with laughs. Debut author Wolverton uses humor to keep some of the weightier topics in reach of young readers, and the mythos he has created is both logical and lovely (the story of the goddess Sedna being a particular example). An intelligent, entertaining fantasy with snappy dialogue and well-developed characters, all designed to keep readers engaged to the final, satisfying page. (Booklist)
[NEVERSINK] is a story described by the publisher as an epic and funny tale of survival, friendship, and fish. Neversink is much more than that. As one becomes absorbed in the struggle of the auks to retain their independence, themes of manipulation, domination, loyalty, and personal courage also surface. Although the novel is intended for middle readers, these underlying, more sophisticated themes also make Neversink an appropriate book for struggling adolescent readers. (Maria Lamattina, EdD, Children's Literature Reviews)
On a scale of 1 to 10, I give this book a 100! It's one of the best books I've ever read. (Ella, 10, Fresh Ink Blog)
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Teachers, download the Audubon/Project Puffin-approved Teaching Guide under Extras!
Mitchell Guyer, a fan in Anchorage, Alaska, sent me two amazing drawings he did inspired by Neversink. Check them out here!
Mrs. Dell's 5th grade poetry class wrote poems inspired by Neversink. Check them out here.
I have a new three-book deal! And the best part is, I get to keep working with Jordan Brown and Walden Pond Press. Look for the first book in THE VANISHING ISLAND trilogy in early 2014.
More puffin love from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and Booklist!
Lovely review from Teach Mentor Texts, a blog devoted to child literacy and reading. Great ideas on using NEVERSINK in the classroom.
How many fiction writers get excited about a review from a birding journal? Well if you write about puffins and tried to keep it real, you do. Check out the American Birding Association's review.
NEVERSINK is a selection of the Children's Book Council's Early Career Committee! I'm pretty excited to be among some of the great authors they've picked.
The first official review of NEVERSINK comes from — wait for it — Tasmania! Young Aussie blogger Romi Foster wrote me back in the Spring asking if she could review the book, and courtesy of Walden Pond Press, Lockley made the long flight down under. Fortunately, it was worth it! Read Romi's review.