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2017 Events

October 14 1:00-2:00 PM
Fort Worth Book Fest
Panel discussion
Tarrant Community College Trinity River Extension

November 4
Frisco Book Fest
3:00-4:00 PM: Panel discussion and booksigning
Frisco Public Library
6101 Frisco Square Blvd.
Frisco, TX

See previous events


News

June 2016

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)!

Polly at B&N Teen Book Festival


May 2016

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!


February 2016

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.


October 2015

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!

Texas Book Festival: Polly, Brandon Mull, Greg Leitich Smith


August 2015

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.

Polly in Alaska
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.

Polly in Alaska
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!

Polly in Alaska
A pod of orcas in the Gulf of Alaska


June 2015

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.

San Angelo Litera-sea Event


The Neptune Challenge launch party

May 2015

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!

The Neptune Challenge launch party The Neptune Challenge launch party

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.

Bluebonnet Award
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.

Bluebonnet Award
Here's a beaming Polly with my daughter and proud hubby holding the 2014-15 Bluebonnet list.

Bluebonnet Award
Here's Polly standing with some of my favorite librarians in the whole world: the hardworking members of the Bluebonnet selection committee.


May 2013

My debut book, The Neptune Project, is available from Disney/Hyperion in the US and Puffin Books in the UK. Read more about it here!

Book Release
Book Release
Book Release