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Moons and Moose

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I don’t know if the full moon had anything to do with this odd but cute moose behavior that occurred just outside my door.

 

What surprising animal behavior have you observed?

Below are a few brief things about Surviving Bear Island. A little history and a look toward the future. (A version of this post was also published on Project Mayhem.)

 

  1. Surviving Bear Island, my debut novel, a survival story set in the wilds of Prince William Sound, Alaska comes out March 25th (Move Books). Having completed the first draft of this novel 10 years ago, and then countless drafts since then, I feel incredibly fortunate to have found a home for this book. As my agent was trying to sell a different manuscript we started working on getting Surviving Bear Island ready for submission.
  1. When I wrote Surviving Bear Island I didn’t envision it being illustrated. In fact, I first wrote it as a young adult novel and then six years into the revision process, it morphed into both first person and middle grade. One thing the illustrator James Madsen said about Surviving Bear Island is: “This book in particular has been one of my favorites because I grew up an avid outdoorsman and there’s no where I’d rather be than in the mountains or around wildlife.”

I feel fortunate to have my book matched with an artist who has spent a lot of time in the outdoors. In the past fifteen years James has illustrated more than 75 books. Below is one illustration from the book. James also did the cover.

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  1. Surviving Bear Island is a 2015 Junior Library Guild selection. Again, I feel incredibly fortunate that the Junior Library Guild is putting their energy into getting my book into school and public libraries.

 

 

 

  1. As of a couple days ago you can now pre-order Surviving Bear Island on Amazon.

 

As Surviving Bear Island nears publication I’m working on two books. One is an MG adventure set in Interior Alaska. The other is a contemporary YA novel.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

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After a sea kayaking trip with his father 
takes a dangerous turn, Tom Parker is stranded 
on the remote, outer coast of unpopulated Bear Island in the waters of Prince William Sound, Alaska. With only a small survival kit in his pocket, Tom finds himself soaked and freezing, and worst of all—alone. Desperate to find his father, Tom doesn’t know how long he can survive and must put his survival skills to the test
 as he fights to reach safety. Will Tom make 
it through this wilderness full of bears 
and other dangers?

Surviving Bear Island is a 2015 Junior Library Guild Selection in the High Interest Middle Category for grades 5 to 8.

Kirkus called Surviving Bear Island “a terrific thrill on the page.” You can read the full review here.

From the Juneau Empire:  “Surviving Bear Island is an exciting book outdoors-minded boys and girls both will enjoy.. .It’s fast paced enough to keep reluctant readers’ attention, but it also avoids oversimplification while communicating real-life dilemmas in understandable ways….Greci has spent time in Prince William Sound, and it shows. He describes Tom’s gradual initiation from the comforts of civilization into stark necessity and the natural world in a way kids will be able to relate to.”  You can read the full review here.

 

You can order a copy of Surviving Bear Island from Amazon today.

Soon it will be available from Barnes and Noble and Independent Bookstores as well.

Thanks for stopping by.

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It’s been a week of good news for me with Surviving Bear Island. First, a great review from Kirkus, and now Surviving Bear Island has been chosen as a 2015 Junior Library Guild Selection in the High Interest Middle Category for grades 5 to 8.

From Junior Library Guild: These exciting, age-appropriate titles will appeal to even the most reluctant middle-school readers. Perfect for: Middle schoolers who have difficulty finding books that interest them.

I’m honored that my book has been chosen.

You can order Surviving Bear Island from Amazon.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing in my good news.

10887107_593638450768945_837515248378900968_o Below is the Kirkus review of Surviving Bear Island:

KIRKUS REVIEW

A fateful kayaking trip forces Tom to grow up fast while he faces dangers he only ever dreamed about. When his mother died in a biking accident three years ago, Tom had to struggle to find his way back to a normal life. Dad was no help, as he reacted to the loss of his wife by shutting down and shutting out the rest of the world. But a kayaking trip in Alaska’s Prince William Sound seems to be a turning point for the two of them, a chance to start living the rest of their lives as a family again. Unfortunately, a choppy sea and a bad accident rip them apart, and Tom is forced to struggle for his own survival on Bear Island. Facing starvation, injury and the eponymous bears, Tom relies on the hope of finding his father to get him through his ordeal. Greci delivers a compelling narrative that manages to keep a quick pace despite being built around one character alone in the wilds. Flashbacks to the moments before the accident and memories of life before the trip work well to explain certain plot points and to add texture and meaning to the first-person narrative. The tension is well-crafted and realistic. Bear Island is a challenging environment to survive but a terrific thrill on the page. (Adventure. 9-14)
Pub Date: March 25th, 2015
Page count: 192pp
Age Range: 9-14
Publisher: Move Books
Review Posted Online: Jan. 10th, 2015
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2015
You can order Surviving Bear Island from Amazon.

There’s no spoilers in this short, 30 second trailer for Surviving Bear Island due out in March 2015. There are, however, some cool visuals, and some eerie growling noises!

Thanks for stopping by.

 

You can order Surviving Bear Island from Amazon.

10887107_593638450768945_837515248378900968_oI’m totally enjoying working with Eileen Robinson at Move Books and am thrilled to share this book cover, which captures the essence of the story. Surviving Bear Island is due out in March 2015. I hope to share more about the process of getting this story ready for the world in future posts. In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying summer. I’m in summer school working on my Masters in Special Education but am still managing to get out on some hikes. No prolonged adventures like the ones that inspired Surviving Bear Island but hopefully I’ll have a few more of those in the future.

You can now Pre-order Surviving Bear Island on Amazon.

Thanks for stopping by.

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