February 25, 2:00-3:00 PM
Kinokuniya Book Store
Carrollton Town Center
2540 Old Denton Road, Suite 114
March 15, 2:00 PM
World Building Workshop for Young Writers
Irving Public Library
Valley Ranch Branch
April 8, 2:00-3:30 PM
Carrollton Public Library
Dive Into the Undersea World of Polly Holyoke's Neptune Books
The Dallas Arboretum
Earth Day Celebrations
Polly will present at 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM
June 8, 2:00-3:00 PM
Writing Workshop for Young Writers: Building Real and Vivid Characters
Frisco Public Library
2:00-3:00 PM: World Building Workshop
4:30 PM: All About Dolphins presentation for younger readers
The Westbank Library, Austin
June 24, 3:00 PM
World Building Workshop for Teen Writers
Richardson Public Library
Aloha to all my new Hawaiian fans! I'm so pleased to announce that The Neptune Project was nominated for the Hawaiian Nēnē Young Readers Award. Since many of my dolphin characters are named for Hawaiian gods and goddesses, and since I did lots research for TNP on trips to Hawaii, being named to this particular state reading list means a great deal to me.
I had a great time participating in Barnes and Noble's national Teen Book Festival on June 11. Here I am at the Creekwalk Village store in Plano teaching a world building workshop to thirty-five keen and talented young science fiction and fantasy writers (with some help, most fittingly, from a storm trooper and C3P0 in the background)!
I'm delighted to announce that The Neptune Project has been nominated for the Sunshine State Young Readers' Award which means young people all over Florida are going to be reading about Nere's adventures under the sea!
I'm excited to announced that The Neptune Challenge was recently short-listed for the Green Earth Book Awards because of the book's strong environmental message.
I was so excited to be on a panel at the Texas Book Festival this October with... Brandon Mull, and the talented Greg Leitich Smith moderated!
I was thrilled to learn that the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) selected The Neptune Project as a strong science-based read for young people.
I also went on a fabulous trip to Canada and Alaska in August. There I had a chance to see the Broughton Archipelago which is the location of Safety Harbor, my characters' fictional undersea colony.
|Islands in the Broughton Archipelago|
I also had a chance to do some great hands-on research, so to speak, at the Kodiak Fisheries Research Center.
|Here I am holding a little prince of a king crab.|
Some of my favorite moments on the trip included watching fin whales and this pod of orcas that swam by while I was supposed to be fishing. Suffice it to say, I almost dropped my fishing pole and dove for my camera instead!
|A pod of orcas in the Gulf of Alaska|
I was honored to be the keynote speaker at Texas Education Service Center Region 15's "Litera-sea" Conference June 15-16. I had a wonderful time sharing ideas with talented West Texas teachers on how to get students excited about their writing.
My launch party for The Neptune Challenge on May 16 at the Park and Preston Barnes and Noble in Plano was a blast. We had a great turn out with students and Girl Scout troops all over the Metroplex attending. We sold 180 books and raised $500.00 for the Heritage Farmstead Museum. Thank you to all of the school librarians and GS leaders who helped to spread the word about this event. I'm so grateful to Warren Ayers and the rest of our patient Barnes and Noble staff for letting me hold my undersea carnival again. Here's a special shout out to my mother/daughter book club girls and to my family for running games like "Pin the Tail on the Dolphin" and "Fishing For Prizes." A whale of a time was had by all!
Right: Sienna and her mom and grandma got the prize for traveling the longest distance (12 hours plus) from Nebraska to meet me! Below: The Crunch—the line almost ended up in Starbucks!
I'm so pleased and honored that The Neptune Project was selected to the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List for 2014-15. I'm very grateful to the hardworking librarians on the committee. I understand I will be traveling to lots of schools across Texas this next year, and that sounds wonderful! I love to teach writing workshops and to share my enthusiasm for writing with students.
The following pictures from the Bluebonnet event were taken by Sophia Guzman.
Here's the ACTUAL moment our wonderful emcees Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett read out my title: The Neptune Project. It's official! My book is on the Bluebonnet list.
Here's a beaming Polly with my daughter and proud hubby holding the 2014-15 Bluebonnet list.
Here's Polly standing with some of my favorite librarians in the whole world: the hardworking members of the Bluebonnet selection committee.