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I had a wonderful author visit today at Barnette Magnet School in Fairbanks, Alaska. One hundred 7th and 8th grade students had read Surviving Bear Island. I was met at the door by two students who escorted me to their “old library” which is a warm open space. For the next hour I stood and answered questions from a very polite, engaged and interesting group of students. Every student had a journal to take notes. Because of privacy guidelines I can’t post photos of the students but here is one of me and Heidi Imhof, one of the teachers that used Surviving Bear Island in her classroom.

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I’m always amazed at the insights students have and today was no exception. When they asked me how and why I started writing fiction, I shared with them that when I worked in an alternative school and was designing and doing creative writing assignments with my struggling readers and writers, I discovered that I liked writing stories so if it weren’t for my students I may have never undertaken fiction writing.

Students teach teachers as much or more as teachers teach students. I’m still a teacher and I still continually learn about life from my students.

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We got to talk a little bit about my next book: The Wild Lands (Macmillan 2019), which comes out in January. It’s another Alaska survival story which you can read about on my website.

Right now it is a screaming pre-order deal on Amazon for $12.32. The regular price is $17.99!! Surviving Bear Island is now out in paperback for $6.95.

 

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About a year has passed since I first started working with Macmillan on getting The Wild Lands into print. And just yesterday, upon returning from a walk on the wild lands adjacent to our house, there was a box on the front doorstep. Inside the box were a few copies of Advance Reader Editions for The Wild Lands!! As you can see from the photo above, my wife, Dana, immediately started reading a copy.

On the nine-year journey from book idea to publication date: January 29, 2019, Dana has been with me every step of the way, offering her insights as she read early drafts of the story. Needless to say, the book is dedicated to her.

My agent, Amy Tipton, also helped shape the story, as did my editor at Macmillan, John Morgan. Copy Editors and Proofreaders at Macmillan have also contributed their expertise into what will be the final edition.

The Advance Reader Copies are uncorrected proofs for review, i.e. they have some typos that will be corrected before the final printing for publication.

Here’s a little information about the book:

In The Wild Lands, Travis and his sister are trapped in a daily race to survive—and there is no second place.

Natural disasters and a breakdown of civilization have cut off Alaska from the world and destroyed its landscape. Now, as food runs out and the few who remain turn on each other, Travis and his younger sister, Jess, must cross hundreds of miles in search of civilization.

The wild lands around them are filled with ravenous animals, desperate survivors pushed to the edge, and people who’ve learned to shoot first and ask questions never.

Travis and Jess will make a few friends and a lot of enemies on their terrifying journey across the ruins of today’s world—and they’ll have to fight for what they believe in as they see how far people will go to survive.

The Wild Lands is a pulse-pounding YA thriller full of shocking plot twists. It’s the ultimate survival tale of humanity’s fight against society’s collapse.

ISBN: 9781250183583

384 Pages, Ages 14-18

The publication date is January 29, 2019 but you can pre-order The Wild Lands from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound now. It is also available as an Audiobook and an E-book.

I’m really excited this story has found a home in the world and feel fortunate to have the support of family, friends and professionals on my writing journey. As we get The Wild Lands ready for publication, I’m also working on a second young adult novel for Macmillan that should come out sometime in 2020!

10887107_593638450768945_837515248378900968_oPaul Greci is the author of Surviving Bear Island, a 2015 Junior Library Guild Selection and a 2016 Scholastic Reading Club Selection. Forthcoming is Follow the River, a sequel to Surviving Bear Island published by Move Books. In January 2019, Paul’s first young adult novel, The Wild Lands will be published by Macmillan.

 

 

 

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The Flat Iron building, home of Macmillan.

My first young adult novel, The Wild Lands, is going to be published by Imprint (2019), which is part of Macmillan, with another YA survival story to follow. I’m totally thrilled to be working with Imprint. I got to meet the whole Imprint team on a recent trip to NYC.

From Publishers Marketplace:

July 12, 2017: Children’s: Young Adult:

JLG winner Paul Greci’s THE WILD LANDS, set in a future where the United States officially abandons Alaska and a brother and sister decide to leave—facing an epic, several hundred-mile journey across a harsh and surprising landscape while defending themselves from people as desperate as they are, to John Morgan at Imprint, in a two-book deal, by Amy Tipton at Signature Literary Agency (world).

 

10887107_593638450768945_837515248378900968_oPaul Greci is the author of Surviving Bear Island, a 2015 Junior Library Guild Selection and a 2016 Scholastic Reading Club Selection.

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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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From 2003 to 2007 I attended the ALAN Workshop, which is a two-day affair where up to 80 Young Adult Literature Authors give talks, sign books and make themselves available to converse with the 500 teachers and librarians who attend. I looked forward to the ALAN Workshop every year for two reasons.

1. The participants bring home a large quantity of some of the best of the year’s Young Adult Literature provided by publishers. As a teacher, I added these books to my Classroom Library.ALAN Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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That’s me on my treadmill desk where I’ve done a lot of writing over the years.

 

 

2. As a writer, it provided inspiration for me to keep plugging away at my own young adult novel manuscripts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flash forward eight years and countless rewrites of several manuscripts, and the publication of Surviving Bear Island, and I got an invitation to speak at the conference that provided endless books for my students and ongoing inspiration for me as a writer.

 

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DSCN7094 I was on the Debut Author Panel at the 2015 ALAN Workshop. I was both nervous and excited in the days leading up to the Conference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

But arriving at the Conference and being among all these people who love Young Adult Literature, some new acquaintances and some old friends, I really felt like I had come full-circle, that I had come home as a writer and a teacher after an eight year journey.

 

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Meeting Christine Taylor Butler, author of The Lost Tribes, and another Move Books Author.

Reuniting with Daria Plumb, an amazing Alternative Education Teacher and ALAN President.

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Reuniting with Kelly Sassi, former Fairbanks Teacher who is now a Professor of English and Education in North Dakota. Meeting her son, Max, for the first time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, thanks ALAN for providing a supportive home for writers, teachers, and librarians to return to year after year. We may not all make it there every year, but just knowing that its there, carrying the torch of keeping relevant books in the hands of teens, is reassuring.

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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 was totally surprised this week when I got this letter in the mail regarding Surviving Bear Island. I feel fortunate to have a Representative who supports education and the arts.

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