Visiting Author for Schools: Polly Holyoke

Polly Holyoke

Wednesday, February 28 (Polly will be visiting two schools. One in the morning and one in the afternoon. PLEASE INDICATE YOUR PREFERENCE.) Only the afternoon slot is available.

Polly Holyoke

I grew up in Colorado and love hiking, camping and skiing in the mountains. I graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude from Middlebury College in Vermont and earned my teaching certificate from the University of Colorado. I taught middle school social studies for almost a decade before leaving teaching to concentrate on my writing career. I've always LOVED reading and wrote my first book, Rustlers of the High Country, with my best friend when I was in fifth grade. This remarkable tale about two little girls outwitting horse thieves never was published, but it did get me hooked on writing stories. My husband introduced me to scuba diving, and I've been fortunate enough to dive all over the world. Like my heroine, Nere, I am claustrophobic, though, so I don't dive in wrecks or lava tubes anymore. I live with three sweet dogs, two lazy cats and a very nice husband who puts up with piles of books all over our house. I love going to work in my pajamas and getting paid for daydreaming.


The Neptune Project (Book #1): 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 feels so much more comfortable and confident in water than on land, but everything falls into place when Nere learns that she is one of a group of kids who-unbeknownst to them-have been genetically altered to survive in the ocean. These products of "The Neptune Project" will be able to build a better future under the sea, safe from the barren country's famine, wars, and harsh laws. But there are some very big problems: no one asked Nere if she "wanted "to be a science experiment, the other Neptune kids aren't exactly the friendliest bunch, and in order to reach the safe haven of the Neptune colony, Nere and her fellow mutates must swim through hundreds of miles of dangerous waters, relying only on their wits, dolphins, and each other to evade terrifying undersea creatures and a government that will stop at nothing to capture the Neptune kids...dead or alive. Fierce battles and daring escapes abound as Nere and her friends race to safety in this action-packed aquatic adventure.

The Neptune Challenge (Book #2): Danger lurks beneath. . . .Genetically engineered to survive in the ocean, Nere and her friends are recovering from their treacherous journey to Safety Harbor, an undersea refuge founded by the scientists of the Neptune Project. But plenty of enemies prowl just outside the colony's boundaries, and when two of the children are kidnapped, Nere, her loyal dolphins, and the other Neptune kids must set out on an expedition even more perilous than their first. Tasked with infiltrating the kidnapper's high-tech undersea base, Nere soon discovers that rescuing the missing Neptune kids isn't all there is to her mission: the secret to saving the world's oceans is hidden somewhere deep inside this vast fortress, and she and her friends will have to risk everything to find it. With bloodthirsty shark mutates and savage kids roaming the corridors, will Nere and her companions find a way to save their friends, themselves, and their underwater world? The stakes couldn't be higher in this thrilling sequel to the award-winning The Neptune Project.


The Neptune Project Discussion questions (pdf)
The Neptune Challenge Discussion questions (pdf)
The Neptune Challenge Teacher's guide (pdf)
The Neptune Project Common Core teacher guide (pdf)
The Neptune Project Teacher's guide (pdf)
The Neptune Project Teacher's guide handouts (pdf)
Resources and STEM ideas for using The Neptune Project in schools (pdf)
The Marine Life Internet Scavenger Hunt (pdf)

Length TBD
The Secrets to Becoming a Better Writer for grades 3-8: In this upbeat assembly, Polly discusses how she researched and wrote The Neptune Project, and how she wrote her first book with her best friend in 5th grade. Polly shows pictures of her manuscript at different stages in the revision process. A former middle school teacher, she also offers a variety of writing workshops appropriate for grades 3-8.

Elementary School, Middle School; grades 3-8

The more the better!

TBD. And a bottle of water.

#pollyholyoke, #neptuneproject, #tatteredcover

Tattered Cover will design an order form that the school should distribute in advance of the author visit, and again on the day of the event to all student attendees. 

Link to share with students and their families to order Polly's books: Please make sure anyone ordering online includes the name of your school in the Notes section of the order and if they'd like to pick up the book from you at the school. Please DO NOT give a book to someone who says they ordered online unless they have the printed confirmation. PLEASE KEEP THIS! You'll need to include these confirmations when returning the leftover books so you won't be charged for them! If they do ask you for a book without a confirmation, just email me the name of the student and parent's name and we can check.

The Neptune Challenge Cover Image
ISBN: 9781484715710
Availability: Available to Order - Usually Arrives in Our Store in 4 to 7 Days
Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 10th, 2016

The Neptune Project Cover Image
ISBN: 9781423159797
Availability: Available to Order - Usually Arrives in Our Store in 4 to 7 Days
Published: Disney-Hyperion - April 2014