May 21, 2013

Guest Post & Giveaway: The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke

The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke
May 21st, 2013 from Disney Hyperion

With her weak eyes and useless lungs that often leave her gasping for air, Nere feels more at home swimming with the dolphins her mother studies than she does hanging out with her classmates. Nere has never understood why she is so much more comfortable and confident in the water than on land until the day she learns the shocking truth—she 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 are some big challenges ahead of her: no one ever asked Nere if she wanted to be part of a science experiment; the other Neptune kids aren't exactly the friendliest bunch, and in order to reach the safe haven of the new Neptune colony, Nere and her fellow mutates must swim across hundreds of miles of dangerous ocean, relying on their wits, their loyal dolphins and one another to evade terrifying undersea creatures and a government that will stop at nothing to capture the Neptune kids ... dead or alive.

Fierce battle and daring escapes abound as Nere and her friend race to safety in this action-packed marine adventure.

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I am happy to welcome Polly Holyoke to the blog today to talk about her super fun novel! Stay tuned for a giveaway at the end of this post! Welcome, Holly!

Who should read The Neptune Project?
Parents, teachers and librarians keep asking me who should read my book, and I would like to answer that question here. I think The Neptune Project is a great story for middle grade girls who like to read about adventure.

For a while there was a rash of middle grade books that were all about girls struggling to win social success, and ultimately many of those girls achieved that success by “getting the boy” at camp or at school. Middle grade readers do need books about characters who are trying to figure out who they are and where they fit in their family, their friends and their school. But life for girls is ultimately about SO much more than “getting the boy.”

I wanted to write a story about a girl who lives on the outskirts, who is discounted by her peers at school and even by her own family in many ways. In the course of this story, shy Nere Hanson finds out that she is resourceful and brave and capable of leading her companions on a long and dangerous journey. With the help of her loyal dolphin pod, Nere protects the members of her group and helps them to adjust to their difficult new home beneath the waves.

The Neptune Project is a great story for girls who like to read about a female heroine who gets to DO exciting things like fight sharks and bad guys. Nere truly does save the day and her friends. And maybe she gets a cute boy eventually, but girls will have to read Neptune 2 and 3 to find out!

One lucky winner will win a finished copy of The Neptune Project! Fill out the fancy doo-hickey to be officially entered. US only, good luck!

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