About The Wreck of the Essex.
Fourteen-year-old Thomas Nickerson stands aboard the whaling ship Essex and scans the Pacific Ocean. Somewhere beneath the surface lurks Maximus, the sperm whale that killed his father. Suddenly the whale charges and destroys the ship. 
Thus begins the odyssey of Thomas Nickerson and the Essex crew, adrift in battered whaleboats thousands of miles from land. As they battle starvation and storms, Tom makes surprising discoveries about courage, hope, and the power of friendship.

About the Author:

Kathryn Griffin was born in Boston and earned a Master's degree from Boston College. In 1981, she read a newspaper article on the stunning discovery of Thomas Nickerson's eyewitness account of the Essex tragedy. It sat in a trunk for over one hundred years. Captivated by the story, she lectured on "The Real Moby Dick" at historical societies and libraries on Cape Cod. Children's literature has been a great source of enjoyment to Kathryn. When her family was young, they  made frequent trips to the library. The ride home was always so quiet as the family became immersed in their books. It was a natural fit for Kathryn to write the Essex story for young readers. 

The Wreck of the Essex has been nominated for two books awards by the publisher. Kathryn has received great feedback from young readers, including one young man who called it "better than The Hunger Games!".  Why not find out for yourself? Read The Wreck of the Essex and immerse yourself in what historians call the greatest sea story ever told.



Author Kathryn Griffin will be signing her chapter book for readers 10 years and older, 
​he Wreck of the Essex,
at the 2016 Beyond the Sea Book Festival at Lincolnville Beach, on Saturday, July 30th, 1:15-3:15.