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, is now available. You can read more about The Neptune Challenge on my news and book pages.
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.
Librarians, in the article "Under the Radar Books for Teen Read Week," School Library Journal recently recommended both Neptune books because in them, "the world-building is superb, the ocean life well-researched, and the characters appealing."
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.
In The Neptune Challenge, several of the kids created by the evil scientist Ran Kuron possess genes from various sea creatures such as electric eels and killer whales. If you could borrow an ability or characteristic from any creature in the ocean, what would that ability be, and why? Please write a paragraph explaining your reasons, and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will pick a winner on or around Feb. 8. The writer of the best paragraph will receive a glass dolphin pendant and earrings.
Texas Bluebonnet Award 2014-15 Master List
Nominated for Maryland Black-eyed Susan Book Award
Recommended Read for Children by the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science)
Bank Street's Best Children's Books of 2014
Finalist 2013 Green Earth Book Awards
Finalist 2014 Texas Book Awards for MG/YA Literature
Nominated for the Buckeye Children's Book Award
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...