New Series!

“A thrilling series opener.” Kirkus Reviews


Now available

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

When monsters emerge to attack the empire, it’s up to Kiesandra and her beloved winged horse N’Rah to prove to herself and the imperial army that she has what it takes to lead them to victory… and survival.

Twelve-year-old Kiesandra’s best friend isn’t human, but that doesn’t stop her from sharing jokes and secrets with her winged horse, N’Rah. She, like every other person with a skysteed, can communicate with N’Rah through her mind. Their bond is critical when one day, monsters from long ago reemerge to ravage a nearby village. No one knows how to fight the fearsome chimerae except Kie’s uncle… and now Kie.

Buzzing with action, heart, and friendship, this first book in the Skyriders series shows that kids can achieve the impossible—especially with flying horses on their side.

Praise for Skyriders

“In this invigorating adventure, Holyoke offers a warmhearted tale that emphasizes communication and empathy without neglecting tension and danger…”
Publishers Weekly
“Readers, especially fans of Tui T. Sutherland’s Wings of Fire series, will enjoy this gripping fantasy whose satisfying conclusion leaves the path open for the sequel… a thrilling series opener.”
Kirkus Reviews
Skyriders soars off the page and takes you along for an epic adventure that will leave you breathless and asking for more. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!”
NYT bestselling author James Ponti
“[An] unforgettable heroine who never gives up…. Her loyalty, courage, and kindness won me over and her bond with her winged horse left me dazzled.”
NYT bestselling author Mary E. Pearson
“A breathtaking, mythical adventure. This is the kind of book I would have devoured and read over and over again as a kid. I devoured it as an adult, too!”
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!

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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

News & Events

January 6, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Arapaho Public Library
World Building Writing Workshop (virtual presentation)

March 9, 10:00 a.m.
Bud Werner Library, Steamboat Springs
The Secrets to Becoming a Better Writer

March 18, 11:00-2:00 p.m.
Book Launch for Skyriders at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore
Steamboat Springs, CO

April 1, 12:00 p.m.
Book signing and discussion with fellow children’s author Rebecca Balcarcel
Interabang Books
5600 W. Lovers Ln Suite 142
Dallas, TX

April 1, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Book signing
Park and Preston Barnes and Noble
2201 Preston Rd
Plano, TX

April 15, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Book signing
The Bookies Bookstore
4315 E. Mississippi
Denver, CO

April 20-21
Texas Library Association Conference
Austin, TX

April 22, 11:00-1:00 p.m.
All About Dolphins program
The Westbank Library
Austin, TX


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