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General Information

Name:  Lisa Riebe  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: 1960 in Chicago, Illinois

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Lisa lives in Illinois with her family.

Biographical and Professional Information

Lisa Riebe has an active imagination and it has served her well.Riebe is the creative force behind The Remarkable Adventures of Pond Punkies, a sci-fi book series introduced in 2009 with The Arrival. Book two, The Unearthing was released in 2011, and book three, The Departure was recently released June of 2012.Pond Punkies started with the simple idea of creating a toy that her son and other young people would enjoy playing. She’s always been an inventor; she has an entire folder full of concepts. One day she was sitting near her backyard pond when the idea of developing a super hero came to her. The plan was to relate the character to ponds and thus Pond Punkies came to be.Before Riebe could begin to market an action figure, which she had commissioned, she needed to introduce the characters and decided the way to do that was through a series of stories. The Arrival served to introduce Young Blaze, a super hero from the planet Neptune who uncovers a secret plot to destroy his home.The introductory book, now in its second printing, was selected as a finalist in the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for children’s/juvenile fiction and a Global eBook Award Winner.Inspired by a struggling reader, Riebe kept that in mind when writing Pond Punkies. “Young readers are often reluctant to read because of how many words they see on the page. Intimidation sets in and they close the book. That’s where this series is a little different,” Riebe said.The font in her books is large, with extra spacing between lines, and each edition includes up to 18 pages of illustrations by Laurence Knighton.Now that Lisa has the books, along with a prototype of the action figure, she has been going on school visits and speaking at reading conferences. This year, she said, is the year she is making her dreams come true

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Titles At Your Library

Pond Punkies Book One: The Arrival
ISBN: 0981949339

Ravine Publishing LLC. 2009

A Chilling Prophecy. A frozen World. Dive in for an adventure with Pond Punkies! When Blaze, a young alien from Neptune's moon Larissa, discovers an evil Tritonan secret, he immediately enlists the help of his friends, including his best buddy Ace. But everything changes when a geyser erupts on Neptune, blasting Blaze and the evildoers to Earth. On Earth, a prophecy tells of Blaze being a chosen one. Can this be? After all he's only eleven moon orbits old. Will Blaze take his place as the chosen one, or will both worlds be changed forever? Even the most reluctant reader will quickly be swept up in book one of the Pond Punkies series, The Arrival. With eight clans to keep track of, each with its own unique power, the possibilities are endlessly exciting.

Pond Punkies Book Two the Unearthing: The Unearthing
ISBN: 0981949355

Ravine Pub.. 2011

Days after saving the Earth from destruction, Blaze starts to have vivid nightmares about his sister. Even though no one agrees, he is sure they are more than what they seem.

Against his father's wishes, Blaze and his friend, Ace, set out to find her.

In the meantime, Blaze's allies uncover a plot to destroy a planet far, far away from Earth.

Can Blaze find his sister and save her from the monsters in his dreams?

Pond Punkies Book Three the Departure: The Departure
ISBN: 098194938X

Ravine Publishing. 2012

The Departure is great for boys and girls 7+ who love space, aliens, and special powers!

From, Lisa Riebe, award-winning author of The Arrival and The Unearthing, comes the third title in the Pond Punkies' series. When the pond punkies on Earth restore communication with Neptune Training Academy, they discover that it is under attack.
Despite Blaze's best efforts, he can't seem to stop the Tritonans from trying to destroy everything he loves.
After Blaze reunites with his sister, Ember, they unearth a family secret that has been hidden for eleven-moon-orbits and could possibly change the entire war against the Tritonans.
Will blaze and the rest of the earthbound clan members find a way back to Neptune in time to save their families and friends?


  • 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards , ''The Arrval''
  • Global eBook Award, ''The Arrival''
  • "The Arrival" was selected as a finalist in the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Children's/Juvenile Fiction.

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