Nothing ever happens in Fayette, South Carolina. That's what Popeye thinks, anyway. His whole life, everything has just been boring, boring, boring. But things start to look up when the Jewells' Holiday Rambler makes a wrong turn and gets stuck in the mud, trapping Elvis and his five rowdy siblings in Fayette for who knows how long. Then things get even better when something curious comes floating down the creek—a series of boats with secret messages—and Popeye and Elvis set out on a small adventure. Who could possibly be sending the notes and what do they mean?
This title has Common Core connections.
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award ML, South Carolina Children's Book Award ML, Texas Horn Toad Tales Master List, South Carolina Children's Book Award Master List, CYBIL Award, Maine Student Book Award Master List, Mississippi Magnolia, Kansas City KC3 Reading Award Master List, ALA Notable Children's Books, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List, Kirkus Best Book of the Year, California Young Reader Medal Master List, NYPL Book for Reading and Sharing
Popeye opened his eye and looked up at the heart-shaped stain on the ceiling of his bedroom. Rusty water squeezed out of the hole in the peeling plaster and dropped...
Praise for The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis
“With humor and authenticity, this beguiling tale of summer friendship mines the small, jewellike adventures of a rural childhood.” —STARRED, Publishers Weekly
“Elvis and Popeye's journey reminds readers to look for and enjoy the small treasures in their lives. Save a spot on your shelves for this small adventure with a grand heart.” —STARRED, School Library Journal
“This small gem has the power to keep readers entranced.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED
“O'Connor captures South Carolina speech patterns; she quietly paces the narrative, often placing short sentences in a vertical sequence for emphasis. Yes, sometimes the best gifts come in small packages.” —The Horn Book
“The rich specificity of the experience should keep readers involved.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Interestingly offbeat characters, a clear narrative arc, and intriguing vocabulary . . . a satisfying read.” —Booklist