Polly Holyoke newsletter

Dear Readers and School Librarians,

I'm delighted to announce the release of The Neptune Promise, the third and final book in The Neptune Trilogy. Nere Hanson, her dolphins and her companions dive into perilous new adventures as they race to save our planet from the devastating effects of climate change. Librarians, please note the paperback version does include the proper PCIP/MARC record.

The Neptune Promise
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More about the book

Genetically engineered to live in the sea, Nere Hanson and her Neptune friends face daunting new challenges as they race to find a solution to climate change. Even though she risks confronting Wasp, Whitey and Ran Kuron again, Nere must dive deep into cold, dark waters to salvage Idaine Kuron's research ship. Seeking help from her old friend Cam Cruz, Nere and her dolphin companions return to the Western Collective where the Marine Guard, cutthroat smugglers and relentless rebels are on the prowl. In this action-packed conclusion to The Neptune Trilogy, Nere must decide whom to trust and whom to love.

How to get your copy signed

I will be signing books at the Preston Colonnade Barnes and Noble, 2201 Preston Road in Plano, TX on January 13, 2018 from 2:00-4:00 and will be giving out lots of fun Neptune swag, cupcakes and prizes. If you can't make the signing, you may send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Polly Holyoke, 5820 Braemar Drive, Plano, TX, 75093, and I will send you a bookmark and a signed bookplate.

Praise for The Neptune Project books

"This suspenseful undersea dystopia should leave middle schoolers hooked."
   —Kirkus Reviews

"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


I was thrilled to learn that 6-8th graders in Florida voted The Neptune Project their favorite book on the Sunshine State Young Readers Award list this past year. I enjoyed returning to the fun and fabulous annual FAME (Florida Association for Media in Education) Conference in Orlando to talk with school librarians and meet Keighley, a bright and talented Neptune fan, who presented me with my prize.

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I was also pleased to learn that The Neptune Project was placed on Hawaii's Nene Children's Choice Award reading list. This past year I've enjoyed wonderful visits to schools on Kauai and the Big Island. Teachers, librarians and students gave me the most beautiful leis! In January I look forward to visiting the Iolani School in Honolulu and public schools in Hilo and Kona.

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STEM Programs

Brevard County schools invited me to be a part of a fascinating STEM day that librarian Ana Woodbrey and her colleagues organized for their middle schoolers. Two hundred students came from all over the county to Florida's Solar Energy to hear presentations on dolphin cognition, solar energy, and plastic pollution in our oceans. I spoke about some of the STEM topics in The Neptune Project including climate change, ocean issues and genetics.

Polly Holyoke

School Visits

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I visited over sixty schools in Texas, Florida and Hawaii last year where I was often greeted with wonderful decorations and cookies, and I signed lots of books! A former teacher, I teach practical writing workshops and give assemblies that get students excited about reading and writing. You can read more about my school visit programs on my website.

Polly Holyoke

Girl Scouts

I continue to help Junior troops earn their Scribe Badge, and I help Seniors earn their Novelist Badge. I also give programs for entire Service Units. I'm in the local provider program guide for Northeast Texas or G. S. leaders may contact me at: neptuneproject1@aol.com.

What's next?

I'm going to take a break from my Neptune world, but I am planning to write the story of how Nere met her First Nation friend Tsukwani, and some day Bria and Robry may go off on adventures of their own. In the meantime, I'm revising a big middle grade fantasy series full of magic and adventure that I hope to sell to a publisher next year. The best way to see what I'm writing and releasing next is to visit my website.

Thank you so much for caring about my books!
Polly Holyoke

P.S. I think the back design for The Neptune Promise is SO COOL, I had to include it in this newsletter, too.

Polly Holyoke