New Children's Book, 'Barney and Barry, The Hitchhikers' is Released

New Children's Book, 'Barney and Barry, The Hitchhikers' is Released

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Humor and memorable characters are at the center of "Barney and Barry, The Hitchhikers," the first in the MySeaBuddies series of children's books from Sharon Powers. Written for children ages 7 to 10, the book follows the curious adventures of a sea turtle named Fletcher. Parents, educators and journalists can learn more about "Barney and Barry, The Hitchhikers" at the official website: Kindle and paperback editions of the book are currently for sale on Amazon at

As the first book in the MySeaBuddies series, "Barney and Barry, The Hitchhikers" introduces young readers to Fletcher the sea turtle. Satisfied with his solitary life roaming the world's oceans, Fletcher is at first dismayed to find that a pair of homeless barnacles Barney and Barry have chosen to plant themselves on his shell. Now joined for life, the unusual trio quickly become friends.

Life takes another interesting turn for Fletcher when a dodo bird named Babs lands on his shell as he's sunning himself at the water's surface. Smitten by the bright and cheery dodo, Fletcher, with help from Barney and Barry, concocts a plan to get Babs' attention. What results is an incredible adventure that sees a once-ordinary sea turtle become a courageous hero.

The story of Fletcher and has friends is presented in chapters, making for an easy reading experience for youngsters. Colorful, whimsical illustrations by Lana McCleary further enhance the book. Accurate descriptions of sea creatures add an educational element, while Fletcher's maturation from a grouchy loner to a more outgoing individual communicates important life lessons.

"Barney and Barry, The Hitchhikers" has already received several glowing reviews on One reader deems it a "wonderful story for children of all ages." Another remarks that "this is a wonderful, uplifting book to read to young children." Reviewers have also noted how the story is equal parts entertaining and educational, as all effective children's books should be.

The next book in the MySeaBuddies series is due out early next year. In the meantime, Sharon is organizing monthly contests and giveaways on; in July, readers will be encouraged to design a bow tie for Fletcher the sea turtle. More information about contests and eligibility is available at

Readers are invited to keep up with Fletcher and his "sea buddies" on Facebook at Meanwhile, Sharon maintains an author profile at

About the Author

Sharon Powers currently divides her time between Southern California and Baja, Mexico. She has two grown children, a grandson and a lovable dog named Mia. Besides writing, her time is filled with various hobbies, special projects and her family and friends.

Sharon started her career in accounting and worked as a controller for a manufacturing company. In 1997, she opened Pink Lava in La Jolla, CA, which was the sixth women's surf shop to open in the country.

Sharon began writing screenplays at the age of twenty-nine. Two of her screenplays have been optioned, she's worked as a writer-for-hire and placed as a finalist in the America's Best writing competition. She's currently working on both a new screenplay and adapting her first screenplay into a book.

"Barney and Barry, The Hitchhikers" is her first book and is adapted from her original screenplay of the same name. It's a pilot for an animated children's series.


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New Children's Book, 'Barney and Barry, The Hitchhikers' is Released