Okay, my while may be longer than other's whiles but we're talking the publishing world here. Anyway, today is a day to celebrate as Paul has moved into the ranks of The Read! Paul's debut novel, SURVIVING BEAR ISLAND is out today! Not only that, his book is a 2015 Junior Library Guild Selection. I am so thrilled and cannot wait to read this book!
Paul really does live the type of lifestyle that leads to adventure so he knows about what he writes! Go read Paul's Unread interview to learn about him and his writing. You won't be disappointed.
And go help Paul celebrate his book release and enter to win a copy of his book. Paul is giving away not one, but 10 copies of SURVIVING BEAR ISLAND on his blog!
If you want to know more about SURVIVING BEAR ISLAND check out this from 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)