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NEPTUNE NEWS FLASH!
The Neptune Deep Here's good news for all you Neptune fans. I started writing the third book in my Neptune trilogy back in June, and The Neptune Promise is going swimmingly. Nere has already rescued a humpback whale calf and is diving deep into perilous new adventures as she confronts Wasp, Whitey and Ran Kuron once again. Dai, Tobin, the dolphins and even Cam will all be back as Nere and her friends race to save our planet from climate change. Here's a link to the opening chapter!

I hope to have a link to places you can buy The Neptune Promise posted on this website in October.

The Neptune Challenge

My Neptune books will plunge readers 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 its sequel, The Neptune Challenge, was published in 2015. If you love dolphins, the oceans and stories about friendship and loyalty, you should try diving into these books!

Buy The Neptune Challenge:
Indiebound Barnes & Noble Books-A-Million Chapters Indigo Powells Amazon

I'm delighted to announce that students in Florida in grades 6-8 recently voted The Neptune Project their favorite title on this year's Sunshine State Younger Reader's Award (SSRYA) list. I have had a wonderful time visiting schools all over Florida, and I am very grateful for this honor. Thank you, Florida media specialists and your students!

Educators, because my books include plenty of science and a strong environmental message, The Neptune Project and The Neptune Challenge lend themselves well to cross-curriculum teaching. Please check out the new Resources for Educators page on this website. There you will find teachers' guides packed with interesting lessons and STEM 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 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.


Contest Winners!

Congratulations to Catrina D. for winning first place in my August writing contest. Ashley S. came in a strong second, and Ginika O. came in third. Thank you for taking the time to enter. I loved reading your stories!


The Neptune Project
US cover
The Neptune Project
British edition of The Neptune Project

A little bit about Book #1: The Neptune Project

 Texas Bluebonnet Award 2014-15 Master List

 Sunshine State Young Readers' Award Winner

 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

 Nominated for the Hawaiian Nēnē List for Young Readers

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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