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. Popeye has never met anyone like Elvis Jewell. He’s so good at swearing he makes Uncle Dooley look like a harp-strumming angel, and he says “So what?” like he really means it. Then something curious comes floating down the creek—a series of boats with secret messages—and it sends Popeye and Elvis into the big world on the hunt for a small adventure.
Community or Classroom One-book Programs
The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis is available for community or classroom one-book events via the ingenious Share Our Books program. Please go to the website for details about the program’s guidelines.
Download a PDF with twenty questions to use with your community or classroom read event.
Video Book Trailer
You can also see this book trailer on YouTube.
How to Make a Yoo-hoo Boat
How to make a Yoo-hoo boat like the ones in The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis by from Barbara O’Connor.
Awards and Distinctions
ALA 2010 Notable Children’s Books
Cybils Award Finalist in the middle grade fiction category
School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
Kirkus Best Books of the Year
NCTE Children's Assembly of Literature Notable
New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
California Young Readers Medal Nominee 2012
Maine Student Book Award Nominee 2010
Mississippi Magnolia Children's Book Award Nominee 2012
South Carolina Children's Book Award Nominee 2012
Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Nominee 2011