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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, will be released May 19, 2015. You can read more about The Neptune Challenge on my news and book pages.

Pre-order 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

I received many terrific entries in my Earth Day Contest, and I so enjoyed reading about all the things my readers would miss if they had to become Neptune kids. Several of you mentioned how much you would miss your family, friends and reading. If I ever get to write a third Neptune book, I'll make it clear that my Neptune kids get to read books on waterproof e-readers. They have to give up so much already. I definitely don't want them to have to give up books, too!

Congratulations to Ananya and Avery for their excellent paragraphs! Check back in a few weeks. I'll be posting another contest in honor of The Neptune Challenge's release May 19!

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

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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