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The Neptune Project Book #1
The Neptune Project The Neptune Project
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"This suspenseful, undersea dystopia should keep middle schoolers hooked."
   —Kirkus

Hey there! I'm so glad that you stopped by. My first middle-grade novel, The Neptune Project, is available now from Disney/Hyperion. I'm thrilled that it is also published as The Neptune Conspiracy by Puffin UK (same book, different name!). I'm also delighted to announce that Disney Hyperion will be releasing my sequel, The Neptune Challenge, May 19, 2015. You can read more about The Neptune Challenge on my News page.

If you like stories about dolphins, sharks, loyal friends and nonstop adventure, The Neptune Project is the book for you! Please check out my cool links to dolphin sounds, shark sites and what our coastlines will really look like if the oceans keep rising.

Educators, with its strong environmental message, The Neptune Project lends itself 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.

Please dive right in and make yourself at home!

holly
Here's a great present for The Neptune Project fan in your life. If you email me at Neptuneproject1@aol.com agreeing to be added to my newsletter list in the next five weeks, you are automatically entered to win a copy of the British version of the book with its very cool cover (see above), AND the winner will receive a TNP swag packet including stickers, bookmarks, signed bookplate, bracelet and a dolphin or mermaid pendant. I will be announcing the winner on January 2, 2015.

 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



A little bit about the book...

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: no one ever asked Nere if she wanted to be part of a science experiment; the other Neptune kids aren't exactly the friendliest bunch, and in order to reach the safe haven of the new Neptune colony, Nere and her fellow mutates must swim across hundreds of miles of dangerous ocean, relying on their wits, their loyal dolphins and one another to evade terrifying undersea creatures and a government that will stop at nothing to capture the Neptune kids... dead or alive.

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