Wings of Fire meets Pax in these epic fantasy adventures set in a world where human and skysteed share a deep bond of friendship and love.

Book 1
Now available in Paperback

Book 2
now available

Praise for the Skyriders series

“An action-packed, superbly paced second book that raises the stakes and shows the cost of loss.”
Kirkus Reviews
“Invigorating… a warmhearted tale that emphasizes communication and empathy without neglecting tension and danger.”
Publishers Weekly
“A gripping fantasy… a thrilling series opener.”
Kirkus Reviews
“An epic adventure that will leave you breathless and asking for more.”
NYT bestselling author James Ponti
“A breathtaking, mythical adventure. I devoured it!”
NYT bestselling author Liesl Shurtliff


Polly Holyoke is the author of the award-winning Neptune Trilogy (Disney/Hyperion) and Skyriders (Viking Children’s Books). She grew up in Colorado and enjoys skiing, hiking and camping in the mountains. She wrote her first book with her best friend in fifth grade. A former seventh grade teacher, Polly has visited over 300 schools and loves getting students excited about writing. She believes kids need to read, write, unplug from their gadgets and spend more time… daydreaming!

News & Events

Friends and fans, I’m so happy to announce that Skyriders is shortlisted for the Reading the West Award sponsored by the Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association. Winning this recognition would mean the Skyriders series would land in many more indie bookstores this summer. N’Rah and Kie need your vote (and voting takes about 60 seconds).
Vote now

Polly is delighted to announce that Skyriders has been selected to the Colorado Children’s Book Award List for 2025.

Skyriders is a FINALIST for a Colorado Book Award!


April 27, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Frisco Library Book Festival
8000 Dallas Parkway
Frisco, TX

May 1, 5:00 p.m.
Book club discussion of Skyriders
Mt. Werner Library
Steamboat Springs, CO

May 4, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
WOW Children’s Book Festival
World of Wonder Children’s Museum
110 N. Harrison Avenue
Lafayette, CO

May 11, 12-2:00 p.m.
Launch party for The Sky King
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore
*Store-sponsored Writing Contest!
68 9th Street
Steamboat Springs, CO

May 18, 1-3:00 p.m.
Next Page Bookstore and Nosh
409 Main Street, #101
Frisco, CO

June 19, 5:00 p.m.
Book club discussion of The Sky King
Mt. Werner Library
Steamboat Springs, CO

June 22, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Book signing
The Bookies
2085 S Holly St.
Denver, CO

*Off the Beaten Path Bookstore Event Writing Contest

Write a short story (1,000 word limit) or comic featuring your favorite creature from mythology or a new one that you imagine. Please submit your entries to Off the Beaten Path Bookstore in Steamboat Springs along with your name, telephone number and grade. All entries are due by May 1.

First prize: $50.00 gift card to the store and lunch with Polly Holyoke
Second prize: $25.00 gift card to store and Skyriders swag
Third prize: Skyriders Swag

Submit your entry here!

Winners will be announced at the May 11 book launch party for The Sky King at Off the Beaten Path at 1:00 pm.

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The Neptune Trilogy

Murder’s No Votive Confidence

Book 1

Murder Makes Scents

Book 2

15 Minutes of Flame

Book 3

Praise for the Neptune Series

“With lots of adventure, suspense, and underwater scenes, the novel hits the target audience right between the eyes on ‘hot button’ issues, especially global warming and its consequences, but should be popular with readers who are looking for a slightly different dystopian adventure or those who dream of living in the ocean and playing with dolphins.”
School Library Journal
“Holyoke keeps her prose well-pitched to her audience and creates an interesting and diverse set of characters, including the dolphins. This suspenseful, undersea dystopia should keep middle schoolers hooked.”
Kirkus Reviews
“Here is a dystopian novel with a neat underwater twist…the adventure element is a real draw. That Nere can experience regular kid situations throughout all of this—friend issues, parental problems—makes the story relatable, even if her best pals are (totally terrific) dolphins.”
“This fast-paced science fiction adventure with well-developed characters offers a vivid and exciting oceanic setting complete with villains, dangerous sea creatures, and protective dolphin friends.”
—The Horn Book Guide


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