Published on December 8th

Mary Shields, Founder of Shields Design Studio, is proud to introduce the first of her children’s historical novel series, Barnicle and Husk! The children’s book is now available for purchasing by visiting:
OR if you are interested in purchasing in bulk (25 units or more).

Barnicle and Husk will be making appearances at many upcoming events, including the 5th Annual Halloween on Main Street event on October 31st and the Thanksgiving Parade in November!

The photos capture Barnicle and Husk at the P400 tent at the 2017 Waterfront Festival on Saturday, August 26th in Plymouth, MA. A portion of the proceeds of the book went to P400.

The first book in the series, Barnicle and Husk: The Adventure Begins, is about two unlikely friends who decide to travel the world. It takes place in 1620 when Barnicle, a crafty cat, sails with the Pilgrims from England to the New World on the Mayflower.

Running Deer is a young Wampanoag girl living in a village that is close to where the Mayflower finally lands. One day, she rescues an orphaned field mouse named Husk and teaches him the ways of her people.

Husk is very happy living with the Wampanoag and has never thought about leaving. But then he meets Barnicle and everything changes!

Be on the lookout for the characters of America’s Hometown. You just might see them at events, school readings, or even just strolling down the streets of Plymouth.

Wondering when and where else you can see them? Find Barnicle and Husk on Twitter (@BarnicleAndHusk), Instagram (barnicleandhusk), and Facebook (@BarnicleAndHusk) for the latest updates. For more information on the new series, visit

To learn more visit the Barnicle & Husk Facebook page.