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Classroom Poster created from a Surviving Bear Island Quote.

 

One of the unexpected treats of being an author is getting to see student art inspired by Surviving Bear Island. On a recent school visit where the entire Freshman Class had read Surviving Bear Island, I had great time in the Library telling them some of the true stories behind the stories in the book and fielding questions. Later, when I stopped by a classroom I was surprised by a Wall of Surviving Bear Island Art!

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A couple weeks later, on another school visit, I got to see book trailers that fifth graders made. Not long after that I discovered this trailer created by Carter, a fifth grader in Nebraska who had read Surviving Bear Island.

As a teacher, I’ve had my students do lots of art over the years related to books we’ve read, but I never thought about how that art could brighten an author’s day until I became an author.

So, I just want to thank all the students, teachers and parents who encourage and support art-related literary activities. Creating art is a great way to express a response to a story.

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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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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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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
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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!

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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.

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Here’s a few photos from our sea kayak trip in Prince William Sound.

Rain is the default setting in Prince William Sound.

So, a little sunshine went a long way.

I was fortunate to catch some salmon.

Which we cooked in the coals of a driftwood fire.

Mostly, it rained. But I still loved being out there!

 On those rainy days I managed to do a bunch of writing in my journal. I even started a new YA novel, which I had no intention of doing while I was out there. Oops!

This was one of our kitchen/writing rooms.

Definitely a room with a view.

We saw countless numbers of sea lions and bald eagles and otters but spoke with just one other party of kayakers during our ten day trip. And saw maybe three other groups of kayakers from a distance. 

The longest I’ve ever gone not seeing another human being was on a nine day solo backpacking trip where I literally not only didn’t speak to anyone but saw no one, not even from a distance. I definitely did a lot of talking to myself on that trip, but hey, I do that anyway.

I’m reacquainting myself with my WIP this week, reading it and making some notes before writing the last 10K or so of a first draft.

How long have you gone without seeing or speaking to another human? And, what are you up to this week?

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