April 1,  2014
 New Titles, Author Notes, Book Giveaways, and More


Dear Readers,     


In this issue of KidsBuzz, we announce the paperback release of THE NEPTUNE PROJECT.  In Polly Holyoke's suspenseful adventure story, you'll meet Nere, who's been genetically altered to survive in the ocean (but did anyone ask her if she wanted to be in a science experiment?)  Hello dolphin fans!                          

Warm wishes, 


Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp




Ages 10 - 14 / Middle Grade Science Fiction/Adventure / Disney - Hyperion 


Win a set of the newly released paperback THE NEPTUNE PROJECT by Polly Holyoke for your book club. Enter to win by emailing the author (write "Kidsbookclubbing" in the subject line).  


Dear Reader,  


When I was a girl, I LOVED adventure stories about quiet, brave kids who saved the day. But I was frustrated because in those stories, boys almost always got to be the heroes. I also loved dolphins, and I wished that there were more books about them and the mysterious world beneath the waves.

Eventually I became a scuba diver, and I was able to see that mysterious and beautiful undersea world for myself. That's when I decided to write a story about a shy girl who is capable and brave. Nere can also talk to dolphins, she lives in the sea, and she definitely gets to save the day!

If you like books about courage, friendship and adventure, I think you'll love THE NEPTUNE PROJECT.



Happy reading!  


Polly Holyoke 


Book Reviews:


"This suspenseful undersea dystopia should keep middle schoolers hooked..."

-Kirkus Reviews


"Almost every chapter ends with a cliffhanger, forcing the reader to flip the pages for more. In addition the book revels in the beauty of the underwater world and the creatures that inhabit it..."

-Voice of Youth Advocates 


"Part science fiction, part adventure story, THE NEPTUNE PROJECT is a fast-paced, well-written story for upper middle grade readers. Kids will be fascinated by Nere's aquatic survival skills and her friendship and telepathy with a pod of dolphins."

-Claire Caterer, author of THE KEY AND THE FLAME


"Fierce battles and daring escapes abound as Nere and her friends race to safety in this action-packed aquatic adventure."

-YA Book Central  


Discussion questions:     


1. What if someone said that you HAD to start living in the sea tomorrow? What aspects of living in the ocean would you enjoy? Are there some aspects you might dislike?

2. What is life on land like for Nere and her classmates before she goes into the sea? What events or factors may have led to the wars and climate disasters that have clearly taken place since our time?

3. Do you think Gillian was right to keep the project a secret from Nere? How does Nere view her mother at the onset of the story and how does her perspective of her mother change?

4. Nere's telepathy is so strong that she can break through other people's mental shields and read their thoughts. So can Dai. Do you think this is a positive or negative ability? If you could be telepathic, would you? Why or why not?

5. Reviewers claim that The Neptune Project vividly depicts the world under the waves. Is there anything that surprised you about that world?

6. Some of the dolphins in the story can actually communicate with Nere in human words, but only because Mariah was smart enough to pick up human speech when she was young. Do you think some animals do communicate with each other? Do you believe some animals are capable of thinking?

7. Over 70% percent of our earth's surface is covered by oceans and only 95% of those have been fully explored. Would you like to explore them some day or study marine biology and learn about the incredibly diverse species that live beneath the waves?    


Visit the author's website to see photos of colorful marine creatures, follow links to cool dolphin sites and learn more about the sea.


Author call-in information: Polly Holyoke is happy to Skype with your book club. She can also meet with your club if you are in the Dallas area. Email the author  to submit your request.

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