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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

Congratulations to Carlie A. for winning first place and Alysia R. for winning second in my recent writing contest about characters in my Neptune books.

contest A New Contest for My Readers Under 18
In my new book, The Neptune Challenge, my characters face all sorts of daunting physical and emotional challenges. Many of these challenges involve being in a new place and trying to get along with new people. Have you ever had to move to a new town or get along with a bunch of kids you don't know very well? Tell me about that challenge and how you dealt with it. Entries should be submitted by October 5th. I will send the winner of the most thoughtful answer a signed copy of The Neptune Challenge and a small, stuffed Pacific white-sided dolphin.

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

 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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