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The Neptune Challenge

My Neptune books will plunge you into a world of undersea adventure. The Neptune Project, an award winning novel for middle grade readers, was published by Disney Hyperion in 2013, and I'm thrilled that its sequel, The Neptune Challenge, is now available. You can read more about The Neptune Challenge on my news and book pages.

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I'm excited to announce the The Neptune Challenge is now available in paperback. Texas folks, I will be signing copies and teaching a world building workshop for young writers at the 15th St. Barnes and Noble in Plano on June 11 (see more details in my event section). I'm also pleased to announce that The Neptune Challenge was recently short-listed for the Green Earth Book Awards because of the book's strong environmental message. The Neptune Project was also recently nominated for the Sunshine State Young Readers' Award.

Educators, with their strong environmental message, The Neptune Project and The Neptune Challenge lend themselves well to cross-curriculum teaching. Please check out my new Common Core and Texas Teacher's Guides for lessons and activities that Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Science teachers can all use in their classrooms. An experienced teacher, I'm also available for school, Skype and Girl Scout visits.

Librarians, in the article "Under the Radar Books for Teen Read Week," School Library Journal recently recommended both Neptune books because in them, "the world-building is superb, the ocean life well-researched, and the characters appealing."

Readers, check out my cool links to dolphin sounds, shark sites, and what our coastlines will really look like if our oceans keep rising. In Nere's gallery you can also see some of the fascinating sea creatures that my Neptune kids encounter every day.


Congratulations to Lexi and Karina for winning first place, and to Camryn and Claire for winning second in my recent contest. All these girls wrote excellent entries! Please check back in June when I will be posting another writing contest for my readers.

The Neptune Project
US cover
The Neptune Project
UK cover

A little bit about Book #1: The Neptune Project

 Texas Bluebonnet Award 2014-15 Master List

 Nominated for the Sunshine State Young Readers' Award

 Nominated for Maryland Black-eyed Susan Book Award

 Recommended Read for Children by the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science)

 Bank Street's Best Children's Books of 2014

 Finalist 2013 Green Earth Book Awards

 Finalist 2014 Texas Book Awards for MG/YA Literature

 Nominated for the Buckeye Children's Book Award

Nere is one of a group of kids who have been genetically altered to survive in the ocean. These products of the "Neptune Project" are supposed to build a better future under the waves, safe from the terrible famines and wars and that rock the surface world. But there some big challenges ahead of her...

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