Nurk

The Strange, Surprising Adventures of a (Somewhat) Brave Shrew

By Ursula Vernon
(Harcourt Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780152063757, 131pp.)

Publication Date: June 2008

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall 2008 Kids' List
“Nurk has mixed feelings about adventure, but he's the grandson of the swashbuckling long-lost Surka, whose diary entries fill him with pride and give him a drop of courage. Off he goes in a converted snail shell, and the quest is on. Vernon's writing is a charming balance of probable emotions in improbable circumstances, twinkling alliteration, and 100 other flashes of fun.”
-- Carol B. Chittenden, Eight Cousins, Falmouth, MA


Description
Nurk is a quiet homebody of a shrew. But when a mysterious plea for help arrives in the mail, he invokes the spirit of his fearless warrior-shrew grandmother, Surka, and sets off to find the sender. It seems the prince of the dragonflies has been kidnapped, and Nurk is his last hope for rescue. Such a mission would be daunting for even the biggest, baddest, and bravest of shrews, and Nurk is neither big nor bad, and only a little brave. But he does his very best--and hopes his grandmother would be proud. "Nurk" is a warm, wonderful, and hilarious illustrated adventure about courage, family legacies, and friendships of a most unusual nature.



About the Author
Ursula Vernon lives in North Carolina, where she works full-time as an artist and creator of oddities. She lives with her boyfriend, a spastic Beagle, a (fairly) mellow Border Collie, a small collection of cats, and a large collection of Indonesian demon masks, which generally manage to keep her out of trouble.
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