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Scholastic has picked up SURVIVING BEAR ISLAND! In addition to being distributed nationally by IPG, it can now join many other books through the Scholastic Reading Clubs, reaching even more young readers.

Thank you, Scholastic!!! And, thank you Move Books for working with Scholastic to make this happen.

Surviving Bear Island will be available via the Scholastic Reading Club beginning in June!

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Surviving Bear Island has been listed in the Alaska Dispatch News as one of their Favorite Alaska Books of the Year.

I’m thrilled to be on this list along with Alaskan authors Alexis Bunten, Kim Heacox, Catherine Holder Spude, Rosemary McGuire, Camille Seaman, Margaret Thomas, Chad and Darin Carpenter, Lee Goodman, Stuart Archer Cohen, Seth Kantner, Linda Martin, Jeremy Pataky, Eva Saulitis, and Dan O’Neill.

Below is a quote from the article regarding Surviving Bear Island:

Fairbanks author Paul Greci has received widespread and deserved national attention for his young-adult novel “Surviving Bear Island.” The book’s teenage narrator, Tom Parker, becomes stranded on an uninhabited island far out in Prince William Sound after a sea kayaking accident separates him from his father. With winter closing in, Tom has to survive off the island’s minimal bounty while encountering bears, enduring mishaps and coming to terms with the death of his mother and the unknown fate of his father. Greci gets inside his protagonist’s head, offering a fully believable character who gets put through hell. This is no happy romp in the forest. Like all the best young-adult fiction, “Bear Island” is a book for adults, too.–David James

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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 survival kit in his pocket. 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.

“The tension is well-crafted and realistic. Bear Island is a challenging environment to survive but a terrific thrill on the page.”–Kirkus

 

 

 

 

The E-book of Surviving Bear Island is now available for $8.99 at Amazon. It will also be available through Barnes & Noble as a Nook Book soon. And, the hard cover is going to press for a Second Printing.

Thanks, Move Books​  and Eileen Robinson​ for putting Surviving Bear Island out in the world, and to all the readers thus far.

Thanks also to the Junior Library Guild​ for all the work they do to get books into reader’s hands.

Thanks also to  Amy Tipton​ for her expertise in all things books/editing/publishing related.

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I’m happy to announce that Surviving Bear Island is now being used in two Children’s Literature Courses (one graduate and one undergraduate) at the University of Alaska Southeast. vert-colorA big thanks to the University of Alaska Southeast for adopting Surviving Bear Island for their courses.

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The Lucy Alice under sail in Prince William Sound.

I’ve been kayaking for about 25 years but recently just completed my first sailing trip.

Four of us lived on a 28-foot sailboat for a week in Prince William Sound. Quarters were cozy but we all got along fine.

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Using the wind to the best of our ability.

We had a couple days of clear skies.

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Midnight Moonrise under clear skies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One of four Orcas we encountered.

Followed by several days of rain.

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One of the many icebergs we saw.

My friends who own the boat were in the middle of reading Surviving Bear Island. Each night I got to read a chapter or two out loud to them as we rocked at anchor in the place where Surviving Bear Island is set.

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Our nightly reading of Surviving Bear Island inside the cozy Lucy Alice.

We made it back to port safely.

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Unofficial greeter just outside the port of Valdez.

I went on to do a couple of book events in more traditional locations.

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Fireside Books, Palmer, Alaska.

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Barnes & Noble, Anchorage, Alaska.

 

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The past three years I’ve been incredibly busy and this has resulted in lots of blog-neglect on my part. After sixteen years of teaching I decided to pursue my Special Education Credential, which basically entailed taking many graduate classes both at night and during the summers while also teaching. After a three year blitz, I completed the program.

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At the same time, I got my first book contract and was working on rewrites of Surviving Bear Island, which came out in March. The learning curve of having my first book out, plus being in Graduate School while also teaching squeezed out other things in my life, like blogging. I was able to keep up with my once a month posts at Project Mayhem.

The past few weeks I’ve been spending time at a local wetland and have witnessed a family of Beavers working over the area. I’ve seem them cut down trees, haul them across the water to their lodge and continually eat leaves, all the while being on the look out for predators. Yes, they are busy!!

DSCN0504If I had to do the three years over again, I’d probably do what I did even though certain stretches were brutal in terms of having a new teaching job, graduate level work due, and revisions due all at the same time.

I don’t have any words of wisdom here. I’m a person with a generally positive outlook on life so I focused on being grateful that I had all these things in my life.

I hope to post more regularly, not just updates about my book, and share what I’ve been up to now that my head is above the water enough to take a look around.

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The Alaska reviews are coming in steadily for Surviving Bear Island. The most recent review is from the Alaska Dispatch, Alaska’s largest newspaper.

Here’s a couple snippets from the review:

Greci has taken a popular if somewhat shopworn theme of juvenile literature — being marooned — and given it new vitality. You needn’t be a kid to stay up late reading this one.“–David James, Alaska Dispatch.

“The challenge for any author taking up this well-worn theme is to create a compelling narrative while avoiding the pitfall of letting his or her story lapse into formula. In his debut novel, “Surviving Bear Island,” Fairbanks writer Paul Greci manages to do just that with a book that is written for young adult readers but that contains enough complexity and character growth to appeal to adults as well.”  –David James, Alaska Dispatch.

You can read the full review by clicking on the title below.

Genre-busting ‘Bear Island’ delivers fresh approach to an old theme

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