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 in paperback. You can read more about The Neptune Challenge on my news and book pages.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 and the Nēnē Hawaiian Children's Choice Book 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 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 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 Jenna G. for winning first place in my recent contest, along with Marissa B. who took second, and Bethany C. who won third. I really enjoyed reading these girls' entries, and I learned a great deal about their favorite dolphin species.
Here is a new writing contest for my Neptune fans. Would you really want to be a Neptune kid at Safety Harbor? Why or why not? The contestants who send me the most thoughtful, thorough answers by August 19 will win a signed copy of The Neptune Challenge and a mermaid necklace like the one Tobin gave Nere on her birthday.
|British edition of 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
Nominated for the Hawaiann Nēnē List for Young Readers
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...