Wreck of the Essex

The story of a boy's survival after his ship was sunk by a sperm whale...
Based on a true story.

Intriguing Lecture!

I will be speaking at Belgrade Public Library on Wednesday May 31st from 6-8. The topic is The Real Moby Dick : How One Cantankerous Whale Changed the Course of American Literature. Great example of art imitating life and the creative mind of Herman Melville. Free admission. Refreshments served. 

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Stroke of Musical Genius-

Maine composer, musician Peter Swegart has created spine-tingling music for the audio version of The Wreck of the Essex. He totally nailed the surreal sound that accurately depicts the altered universe Thomas lived in after the attack.

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Exciting News!

The Wreck of the Esssex will soon be in audio book form. A talented young man has agreed to be the voice of Thomas Nickerson. Truly this thrilling story will come to life in this new format. Details to come.

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Great Reviews keep on coming!

BEST REVIEW YET!

 

A Kindle reader called Wreck of the Essex. "Better than Moby Dick!"

I had one young reader say he liked it more than The Hunger Games!

Wonderful to have such happy readers.

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Inspired by Litchfield Young Writer's Group!

Two weeks ago, I visited Litchfield Elementary School in central Maine. An amazing volunteer group of parents and a retired teacher meet in the school cafeteria to have fun writing and talking about books. The volunteers offer snacks, juice, and friendship. Two other authors joined me as we talked in small groups about the adventure of writing. Well done Litchfield!

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Sold out!

Yes the first printing is almost sold out! For a signed first edition, order through this website. The positive feedback and sales have been beyond expectations. Thanks to all!

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Welcome read-aloud fans! I hope you enjoyed my interview on Jennifer Fulwiler's radio show. Keep reading this blog for resources that encourage you to read aloud to your child and enjoy the experience.

First-I recommend you buy Jim Trelease's The Read - Aloud Handbook 7th edition. You can buy it for less than $6.00 [that includes delivery] on Amazon. Best investment you will ever make for your child's education. 

Second- Visit his website trelease-on-reading.com. Valuable printouts for free. Located at FREE reading brochures on website.

Third - Buy my book The Wreck of the Essex. Qualifies as a suspenseful page-turner. Inspiring themes about courage and friendship. Also available on Kindle.

Fourth - Watch for future posts at this website for more practical ideas and resources on raising happy readers.

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Puzzling headline----

Recently,The Christian Science Monitor fact-check whether a sperm whale could really sink a ship. Strange that they would think this necessary. After all a whale really did sink the Essex.

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Free downloads on Kindle a HUGE success!

Thanks to all those who took advantage of the free dowload this weekend. It was ten times greater than any previous campaign. I think people are loading up their Kindles  for summer reading. It will keep kids, even reluctant readers busy reading on a summer's day.

 

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Free download this weekend on Kindle.

One young reader said it was " better than The Hunger Games". Find out for yourself. Considered the greatest sea story of all times.

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Drawing by Thomas Nickerson- moment of attack.

In Nickerson's words..."This sketch shows the ship at the moment of attack."

He continues..."Ship as she appeared on morning of Nov. 20,1820 at

8 1/2am."

He knows the exact hour and minute when his life changed forever.

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Actual drawing of Essex sinking. Rendered by Thomas Nickerson!

Yes, Thomas did this drawing of the Essex as it tipped and sank. I am sure there were many memories that stayed with him his entire life.

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Award -winning book? Could be. My publisher has nominated The Wreck of the Essex for two awards.

My publisher has nominated my book for a New England Book Show Award and a prestigious Maine Literary Award. I should know by May.

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Six year old draws an amazing likeness of Moby Dick

Check out her drawing next to the ullustration of renowned American painter Rockwell Kent. This girl has talent!

 

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We have winners!

Congratulations to Genevieve [age 6] and Reynard [age 9] Landreneau of Shreveport Louisiana. Great job on your drawings! Genevieve did the colored drawing. Reynard did the pencil. Before submitting to the judge, names were removed. The judge was a retired teacher who kindly volunteered to help.

Check out their winning entries.

Their whoopie pies are on the way!

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Rocking the boat!

Mystic Seaport leads the way in restoring the whaling ship Charles Morgan and now has a fleet of new whaleboats tied to their docks. Among them is a whaleboat built by a non-profit organization called Rocking the Boat. It is non-profit organization out of the Bronx, New York that challenges young people with severe economic, social, and education obstacles to build wooden boats. Amazing work by a growing organization helping young people reach goals they never thought possible.

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Not exactly the Ritz!

Believe it or not, men aboard the whaling ship slept in these cramped quarters on voyages that lasted three years or more.

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Inside the forecastle

Take a good look at the walls. Can you guess what those shelves are? I will give you a clue. You would not like to crawl in there and try to curl up for a nap.

 

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Next up -to the forecastle.

This is where the sailors slept. It is located in the bow. They fell asleep to the sound of lapping or pounding waves.

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Aboard a real whaling ship-the Charles Morgan.

Ok my friends, prepare yourselves for a tour of the Charles Morgan-the last old whaling ship on earth. Mystic Seaport in Connecticut restored her to sailing condition. Wait a minute. I don't want to go into there. Messy place to be!

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