Neptune's Challenge

      By Wendy Busby

2013 01 08 Neptunes
I originally presented Virginia Lowe with a manuscript that needed a lot of work. After persevering through three more assessments, and taking all of her advice, I eventually produced a publishable book. Thanks to Virginia and her team and I highly recommend any aspiring author to have their work assessed before presenting it for publication.  

The Great Barrier Reef is in danger of being taken over by the voracious crown of thorns starfish after the 2010 Queensland floods. Neptune needs an assistant with imagination, but also very practical ideas and love of the Reef, to solve this problem. When these starfish spawn it will ruin the Reef for decades, if not forever. He chooses the teenager Charlotte who treats the Coral Sea as her backyard to become a mermaid.

Charlotte is living in the Bahamas and is called by creatures who live on the Reef to urgently return to the Coral Sea. On her way she teams up with albatross, manta ray, marlin and whale who aid her on her long journey. She becomes aware of a number of predators of the crown of thorns starfish and is instrumental in encouraging them to the Great Barrier Reef to devour as many starfish as they can. In this way the Reef may be saved… but will they be in time?

 

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