How is THE NEPTUNE PROJECT different from other children’s books? That’s easy to answer. TNP has a very unique setting. Few books for kids take place almost entirely in the sea. Every Sunday night my generation got to watch Jacques Cousteau explore the oceans of the world, but I think this generation of young readers knows very little about the oceans that cover 73% of our planet.
Because I’m an avid scuba diver, I can describe what it’s like beneath the waves. It is a fascinating world, full of beautiful creatures like billowing white cloud sponges, delicate brittle stars and brilliantly-colored corals, and odd ones like plump orange sea cucumbers and funny round pufferfish. Far from silent, the oceans depths are filled with the sound of shrimp crackling, dolphins squeaking and sand whispering.
Marie, one of my young beta readers, said wonderingly, “I had no idea all that cool stuff was down there.” There are all kinds of cool stuff down there, and if you read THE NEPTUNE PROJECT, you’ll get to see that amazing and sometimes dangerous world through my heroine’s eyes.
Oh, yeah, and here’s one more thing TNP has that sets it apart: telepathic dolphins. They are important and colorful characters in the story, too!