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
Available now

Book 2
coming May 2024!

Praise for Skyriders
“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!

Sign up for Polly's Newsletter:

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

News & Events


November 16-19
National Council of English Teachers Conference
Reading-Writing Connections: High Impact Strategies that Engage All Kids
Columbus, OH

November 17, 10:00-10:45 AM
National Council of English Teachers Conference
Signing in PRH booth
Columbus, OH

December 2
Fairfax County Gifted and Talented Students Program


January 24
Lake County Public Library
World Building Workshop for Young Writers
Leadville, CO

February 8
CCIRA Conference
Middle grade Author Panel
Westminster, CO


Email Polly at or by using the button below.

Please contact Sarah DeVore at How Now Booking if you are interested in hosting Polly at your school.