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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.

Buy The Neptune Challenge:
Indiebound Barnes & Noble Books-A-Million Chapters Indigo Powell's Amazon

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.

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


Contest News

Here's a new contest for my readers under the age of 18. My Neptune books are set in a world devastated by climate change. I "challenge" you to come up with three ways that you are going to try to recycle or conserve energy in your home. Write a paragraph describing your three ideas and send it to me at neptuneproject1@aol.com with the words "Conservation Challenge" in the subject line. The winner will receive a signed copy of The Neptune Challenge and a mermaid necklace similar to the one Tobin gives Nere on her birthday in The Neptune Project.

Grownups and educators, I will also be running a series of contests throughout the summer in which you can win a signed copy of The Neptune Challenge, a glass dolphin pendant and bookmarks for your students. Check on my author Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/PollyHolyokeAuthor and on Goodreads for more information.

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 Maryland Black-eyed Susan Book Award

 Scholastic Book Fairs/Book Clubs Selection 2014

 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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