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I was fortunate to be able to do one public reading for my newest novel, Hostile Territory, before the pandemic. Since then, for obvious reasons, I’ve had several events cancelled.

Here’s a short version of that reading, recreated from my home. It is posted on my You-tube channel at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpW5PwyxufQ&feature=youtu.be

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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. 2020). Forthcoming is Follow the River (Move Books Summer 2020) . You can order all of Paul’s books here.

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Hostile Territory

My third novel, Hostile Territory hits the shelves today.

Here’s a couple snippets from reviews, spoilers excluded:

“In Greci’s intense survival tale with a thriller component, four teens endure a harrowing trek across the Alaskan wilderness . . . It’s clear that Greci (The Wild Lands) knows his landscape—Alaska’s beauty and natural hazards become their own vivid character in his handling.” —Publishers Weekly

“Readers will feel like they are in Alaska alongside the characters… Recommended for teenagers who like postapocalyptic adventure or are fans of Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet.” —School Library Journal

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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. 2020). Forthcoming is Follow the River (Move Books April 2020) . You can order all of Paul’s books here.

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To kick off Alaska Book Week, I’ll be doing a First Friday Book Signing at Alaskana Raven Books & Things in the Co-op Plaza in Fairbanks on Friday October 4th from 5 to 8. I’ll be signing copies of Surviving Bear Island and The Wild Lands and I’ll have info. about my new books coming out in December and January. Please stop by and say hi if you are making the First Friday rounds in Fairbanks.71498891_2873289722699056_4169838513367285760_n

Here’s a link to the list of events happening all over the state of Alaska from October 3rd through the 19th: Alaska Book Week Schedule and Events

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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. Forthcoming is Follow the River (Move Books March 2020) and Hostile Territory (Macmillan Jan. 2020). You can order all of Paul’s books here.

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I’m thrilled to share the cover of my new book, Follow the River. Publication Date: March 10,  2020 (Move Books). It is available for pre-order.

 

Last week, it made an appearance in Publishers Weekly!

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Here is a little more information about Follow the River:

Publication Date: March 10, 2020
Book 2 in the “Surviving Bear Island” series
978-1-73-221371-5, 192 pp
Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Grade Level: 4 – 7

When Billy and his dad are injured, Tom summons the courage to get back on the water. 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 dangerous adversaries. Are his skills enough to fight them off or will his journey be cut short and Billy and his father left stranded?

 

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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. Forthcoming is Follow the River (Move Books March 2020) and Hostile Territory (Macmillan Jan. 2020). You can order all of Paul’s books here.

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Byers Lake Sept. 2017

My wife and I live in Fairbanks, Alaska and try to make at least one trip per year to Byers Lake to spend a few days hiking, canoeing, bird watching, and viewing bears from hopefully safe distances. The forest landscape in all seasons provides a backdrop of beauty, surrounding the lake.

Until this summer (2019), our last trip to Byers Lake was September 2017 when the landscape was an explosion of yellow interspersed with dark green from the many spruce trees that are part of the forest. The spruce trees are green all the time so you don’t notice them as much as the birches and aspens which change shades from light to dark green and then to yellow.

This June (2019) when Dana and I arrived at Byers Lake the landscape was starkly different. Most of the spruce trees that had been alive just 20 months ago were now dead or dying.

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Byers Lake June 2019

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Byers Lake June 2019

One result of climate change, which is accelerated in Alaska, is that the warmer winters are allowing the spruce bark beetles to survive in much larger numbers instead of being killed by the traditionally coldly temperatures, and the longer summers are allowing them to complete their life cycle in one year instead of two. The beetle larvae eat the layer of the tree that transports nutrients, effectively starving it. Although the beetles are a natural part of the environment, they are thriving due to the warming climate.

Byers Lake is but one of many places undergoing intense change in Alaska. As an Alaska fiction writer, climate change has naturally crept into my stories.

TheWildLands-CVR-AuthorApproval-2My recently published YA novel, The Wild Lands, is a survival story set in the future in a climate-change-altered Alaska. Being at Byers Lake made me feel like I was living in my novel even though the novel does not address the spruce bark beetle infestation at all. The Wild Lands (Macmillan January 2019), is a story that travels a path in Alaska 80 years in the future where the consequences of climate change play out.

My soon to be published middle grade novel, Follow the River (Move Books November 6th, 2019) also has a climate change element in the plot.

 

Paul Greci writes young adult and middle grade fiction. His stories are set in the Alaska wilderness, where climate change is an ongoing threat to the ecosystems.

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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. Forthcoming is Follow the River (Move Books March 2020) and Hostile Territory (Macmillan Jan. 2020). You can order all of Paul’s books here.

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