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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, is now available in paperback. You can read more about The Neptune Challenge on my news and book pages.

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

I'm also pleased to announce that The Neptune Challenge was recently short-listed for the Green Earth Book Awards because of the book's strong environmental message. The Neptune Project was also recently nominated for the Sunshine State Young Readers' Award and the Nēnē Hawaiian Children's Choice Book Award.

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 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 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.

Here are the recent winners of my contest. Congratulations to: Samar and Dylan for sharing first place and to Ira, Madeline and Claire for sharing second place honors. I enjoyed their thoughtful entries explaining why they would/would not want to be a Neptune kid at Safety Harbor. I will post another contest in a few months, and please feel free to email me at neptuneproject1@aol.com with good topics for my next writing contest.

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

 Nominated for the Sunshine State Young Readers' Award

 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 Hawaiann 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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