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The Neptune Challenge

My Neptune books will plunge you into a world of undersea adventure. The Neptune Project, an award winning novel for middle grade readers, was published by Disney Hyperion in 2013, and I'm thrilled that its sequel, The Neptune Challenge, will be released May 19, 2015. You can read more about The Neptune Challenge on my news and book pages.

Pre-order The Neptune Challenge:
Indiebound Barnes & Noble Books-A-Million Chapters Indigo Powell's Amazon

Educators, with their strong environmental message, The Neptune Project and The Neptune Challenge lend themselves well to cross-curriculum teaching. Please check out my new Common Core and Texas Teacher's Guides for lessons and activities that Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Science teachers can all use in their classrooms. An experienced teacher, I'm also available for school, Skype and Girl Scout visits.

Readers, check out my cool links to dolphin sounds, shark sites, and what our coastlines will really look like if our oceans keep rising. In Nere's gallery you can also see some of the fascinating sea creatures that my Neptune kids encounter every day


Contest News

Congratulations to Ashley Y. of Hawthorne Elementary and Ruth W. of Baker Middle School. They both won signed copies of The Neptune Challenge through my recent Kids Buzz Contest.

In honor of Earth Day, I'm announcing a new contest.

My Neptune kids are often homesick for their former lives on land. Nere, for example, often surfaces to look at the stars or at sunrises or sunsets. Please send me a paragraph describing what you would miss most about your life on land if you had to become a part of the Neptune Project. Email me at neptuneproject1@aol.com (or pbholyoke@gmail.com if AOL doesn't work for you). Entries close at 10 PM on April 20 and I will announce the winner on April 22. The writer of the best paragraph will win a signed copy of The Neptune Challenge and a dolphin necklace.

The Neptune Project
US cover
The Neptune Project
UK cover

A little bit about Book #1: The Neptune Project

 Texas Bluebonnet Award 2014-15 Master List

 Nominated for Maryland Black-eyed Susan Book Award

 Scholastic Book Fairs/Book Clubs Selection 2014

 Bank Street's Best Children's Books of 2014

 Finalist 2013 Green Earth Book Awards

 Finalist 2014 Texas Book Awards for MG/YA Literature

Nere is one of a group of kids who have been genetically altered to survive in the ocean. These products of the "Neptune Project" are supposed to build a better future under the waves, safe from the terrible famines and wars and that rock the surface world. But there some big challenges ahead of her...

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