Barney and Barry, The Hitchhikers by Sharon Powers
Tell us about your new book:
Barney and Barry, The Hitchhikers is the first book in the MySeaBuddies children’s series.
How would you like to wake up and have unwanted visitors attached to you…for life? Fletcher the sea turtle is a curmudgeon, a loner. Barney and Barry are bickering barnacles looking for a home. They find Fletcher, attach themselves and their lives together begin, poor Fletcher. The trio’s relationship morphs as the three warm up to each other in their wacky situation. While resting on the surface of the water, an odd looking bird lands on Fletcher’s shell. Babs the Dodo’s beaming face brightens their day and when she says goodbye and flies toward her island home, Fletcher is mesmerized. The threesome devise a plan for Fletcher to impress her and then the adventures really begin with an unpredictable journey that transforms Fletcher from a dull, uncaring soul into a dazzling hero.
Barney and Barry, The Hitchhikers is fun, has memorable characters and is a relevant story that’s a great way for children to learn strong messages and good habits for living their lives.
What genre is it?
Children’s Chapter Book (ages 6-10)
What inspired you to write Barney and Barry, The Hitchhikers?
This book was initially a screenplay, pilot for an animated TV series. After reading it, my sister thought it would make a great children’s story so I decided to adapt it into book form.
Give us an interesting fun fact about your book:
The idea came to me when a friend of mine showed me a turtle shell with 2 barnacles attached to the area where the turtles head would be, one on each side. I started thinking “What if those barnacles could talk and what if the turtle had to listen to them…all the time and forever.”
What types of readers will enjoy this book?
The script was written as a family movie so although the book is for targeted for children, the adults really like it, too.
Where can we buy it?
Barney and Barry, The Hitchhikers is available for sale on Amazon in ebook and paperback.