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Follow The River hits the shelves today–my fourth novel to come out in six years.

It’s a Junior Library Guild Selection in the High Interest Middle Plus category—meaning that it “will appeal to even the most reluctant middle-school readers.”

It took a few years and many drafts to get the story to where it is today.

Many thanks to my editor Eileen Robinson and my agent Amy Tipton.

High Interest character driven stories with page-turning plots are what I strive to create with my fiction. Years and years of working with struggling and reluctant readers inspired me to write books they would connect with.

Paul Greci is the author of The Wild Lands (Macmillan 2019) and Surviving Bear Island (Move Books 2015), a 2015 Junior Library Guild Selection and a 2016 Scholastic Reading Club Selection and Hostile Territory (Macmillan Jan. 28, 2020), an Anchorage Daily News Best Book of 2020. Forthcoming is Follow the River (Move Books August 20, 2021) . You can order all of Paul’s books here.

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Books and Bears

We’ve just returned from a week in Denali National Park where we were surrounded by immense beauty. I feel fortunate to live just a couple hours away from a jewel of a National Park.

Denali, the highest peak in North America at 20,310 feet was visible for part of our trip.

We also got to watch—from a safe distance—a grizzly bear nurse her cubs.

Then, we arrived home to surprise. Author copies of Follow the River—my follow-up novel to Surviving Bear Island. It’s an adventure/survival story with the same main character (Tom Parker) from Surviving Bear Island, but can be read as a stand-alone novel, and is a Junior Library Guild Selection.

Follow The River comes out August 20th but you can pre-order it now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your local Indie bookstore.

I’ll be spending my writing time the next several months working on Book 3 of the Surviving Bear Island Series. In a few weeks when school starts and I’m back in the classroom, I’ll be back to more of an early morning, write-a-chapter-before-work schedule which I hope to sustain four mornings per week and then let the writing spill into other time slots as well.

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Paul Greci is the author of The Wild Lands (Macmillan 2019) and Surviving Bear Island (Move Books 2015), a 2015 Junior Library Guild Selection and a 2016 Scholastic Reading Club Selection and Hostile Territory (Macmillan Jan. 28, 2020), an Anchorage Daily News Best Book of 2020. Forthcoming is Follow the River (Move Books August 20, 2021) . You can order all of Paul’s books here.

After a few pandemic-related delays, I’m thrilled to announce that my newest middle grade adventure novel, Follow the River, is a Junior Library Guild Selection for 2021. Follow the River hits the shelves on August 20th but you can preorder it now.

From the Jacket Flap: When Billy and his dad are injured, Tom summons the courage to get back on the water to save them. This time, he must travel in a rickety old homemade canoe through the Alaska wilderness to get help. But it’s not just the canoe and the terrain he has to worry about—he’s surrounded by adversaries. Are his skills enough to fight them off or will his journey be cut short and Billy and his father left stranded?

Paul Greci is the author of The Wild Lands (Macmillan 2019) and Surviving Bear Island (Move Books 2015), a 2015 Junior Library Guild Selection and a 2016 Scholastic Reading Club Selection and Hostile Territory (Macmillan Jan. 28, 2020), an Anchorage Daily News Best Book of 2020. Forthcoming is Follow the River (Move Books 2021) . You can order all of Paul’s books here.

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In a year of mostly cancelled book events and shuttered brick & mortar bookstores, I got a little bit of good news regarding my book, Hostile Territory, in the Anchorage Newspaper. It was chosen as a favorite book for 2020.

Below is the text of the article regarding Hostile Territory:

Hostile TerritoryBy Paul Greci. Imprint. 352 pages, 2020. $17.99.

Food is on the minds of the four teenagers who find themselves thrust into a survival situation after an earthquake wipes out the leadership camp they’re attending in Paul Greci’s latest novel “Hostile Territory.” What begins as a survival tale, with the kids trying to reach safety from a remote Alaska location, morphs into a political thriller, as they learn there’s a lot more going on than just a natural disaster. Greci is emerging as the state’s best author of young adult fiction. An educator who targets kids in the age range when many quit reading, he keeps them engrossed with a fast-moving plot and plenty of cliffhangers. It’s a formula that will keep adults turning pages as well.

It has been my life’s work as an educator and a writer to get reluctant readers to open a book and keep turning the pages. My first book, Surviving Bear Island, was a Junior Library Guild Selection in the category that’s guaranteed to engage even the most reluctant of readers.

While I hope that my stories will engage avid as well as reluctant readers, when I write I keep that population of struggling and reluctant teen readers I worked with for much of my teaching career front and center. Here’s a link to a post on my thoughts about engaging struggling and reluctant readers.

Paul Greci is the author of The Wild Lands (Macmillan 2019) and Surviving Bear Island (Move Books 2015), a 2015 Junior Library Guild Selection and a 2016 Scholastic Reading Club Selection and Hostile Territory (Macmillan Jan. 28, 2020), an Anchorage Daily News Best Book of 2020. Forthcoming is Follow the River (Move Books 2021) . You can order all of Paul’s books here.

Arctic Ocean June 1989 copy

I know this pandemic has had impacts on everyone both professionally and personally. We’ve experienced one death in our extended family and know several people who’ve contracted the virus.

As a writer I had a novel, Hostile Territory, come out about 6 weeks before the shutdowns began in March, and, for good reason, had six book events cancelled for the Spring and early summer. Then the branch of Macmillan that published Hostile Territory closed. My two books with them (The Wild Lands and Hostile Territory) will be reassigned to another house within Macmillan and will still be available in hardcover, paperback, e-book and audio book anywhere books are sold.

Hostile Territory

I have another forthcoming novel, Follow The River (Move Books), where the release date has been delayed due to the pandemic.

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My job as a Special Education Teacher (grades K thru 3) has bounced between in-person and remote instruction. I’ve adjusted to teaching with a mask on while in-person and consciously taking screen-breaks when my job is more zoom-heavy like it is now. Even though I know that zoom instruction pales in comparison to in-person, I am continually amazed and impressed by the resolve my students have to show up and try. As a writer, that’s my basic formula for seeing a novel through from start to finish—show up and try.

As I look at what I’ve written above, I know that I am extremely fortunate, and that others have lost close family and friends, have seen their jobs evaporate, and seen their own children significantly impacted by distance education. I hope everyone’s lives are re-balanced in the near future with the prospects of a vaccine on the horizon.

During the pandemic, I’ve taken solace in the outdoor spaces abundant in Alaska. While taking a hike, a snowshoe, a run, or a ski, feels normal on one level, in the backdrop there’s still this feeling that all is not well with the world, like we’re all moving about on a thin sheet of ice.

Below are a few recent photos of landscapes I travel through that feed my soul.

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Moose in the birch forest

morning light nov. 7 2020

Book Covers copy

Paul Greci is the author of The Wild Lands (Macmillan 2019) and Surviving Bear Island (Move Books 2015), a 2015 Junior Library Guild Selection and a 2016 Scholastic Reading Club Selection and Hostile Territory (Macmillan Jan. 2020). Forthcoming is Follow the River (Move Books Winter 2020-21) . You can order all of Paul’s books here.

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