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Greg Benchwick

Greg Benchwick

Greg Benchwick is an internationally acclaimed travel writer. His work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Lonely Planet, Conde Naste and more than 50 newspapers, websites and magazines worldwide. He has authored over 40 travel books and coffee table books for Lonely Planet and the Fodor's guide. When he’s not adventuring around the globe, or making up stories about passenger pigeons, Greg writes speeches and human interest stories for the United Nations on conservation, education and climate change.

Over the past 10 years with the United Nations, Greg has served as the coordinating author on a number of publications on climate change and conservation.

He is an expert on travel, international development, food, wine, Latin America, sustainable travel and adventure sports, and has also contributed as an authoritative expert for such media outlets as Newsweek, The Washington Post, BBC Radio, Rick Steve’s Radio and Let’s Travel Radio.

In his free time, Greg writes short stories, children's books and screenplays, and adventures around the American West with his eight-year-old daughter and their 100-pound Newfoundland.

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Martha

Based on the real-life events that triggered the greatest mass extinction in modern history – the end of the passenger pigeon – “Martha” takes budding readers on a grand adventure.

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Synopsis

Based on the real-life events that triggered the greatest mass extinction in modern history – the end of the passenger pigeon – “Martha” takes budding readers on a grand adventure through a magical world complete with mystic owls, tom-fooling mice and a little straw-haired boy who protects the last living passenger pigeon on the planet from the evil Patsy Brothers. The mid-grade chapter book, by internationally acclaimed travel writer Greg Benchwick, is a great way to help children explore conservation, environmentalism and history.

It is also a precautionary tale for young readers and adults alike. We are currently going through Planet Earth's sixth mass extinction. This disaster of our own making is literally wiping out dozens of species every day, and many scientists say that by the middle of the century, 30 to 50 percent of our planet's species could go extinct.

As the book's prologue points out: "We all know that animals can't talk. But if they could, would we listen?"

And so the story begins. Born with a bum leg, Martha is pushed out of her nest just minutes after her birth. It’s all part of the Seven Cycles of Nature, the guiding force that connects the Animal Kingdoms. But since the arrival of the Iron Horse, the Seven Cycles of Nature have been disrupted and the Great Owls know they need to do something to restore balance to their world. They decide to save Martha. Little do they know that Martha may one day, in her small way, save humanity.

In the real world, Martha was born in captivity in the Cincinnati Zoo in 1895. She died in 1914. She was the last of her breed. Once the most abundant bird species in the world – numbering in the billions – the passenger pigeon was no more.

About the Author
This is the first fictional work of the well-known travel writer Greg Benchwick. Greg’s work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Lonely Planet, Conde Naste and more than 40 publications worldwide. He has authored over a dozen travel books and coffee table books for Lonely Planet and the Fodor's Guide. When he’s not adventuring around the globe, or making up stories about passenger pigeons, Greg writes speeches for the United Nations on conservation, education and climate change.

Why support this book?

  • Martha is historical fiction for young readers, a growing genre that is underserved in the current market.
  • This book is perfect for teachers looking to share lessons on conservation, environmentalism and history.
  • Greg Benchwick has published over 40 books and is a recognized global expert on sustainability and conservation.
  • The author knows his stuff, and works for the United Nations on climate change and environmental protection.
  • A glossary and appendix serves as a teacher's guide to ground the magical story in real-life events.

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Audience

This is a mid-grade chapter book for readers 8 to 12. Teachers will also love the book to help young learners explore the themese of convervation and enviornmentalism.

Advance praise

"Martha is a remarkable tale set against a vibrant historic backdrop. The story masterfully weaves together true historic elements and parables on conservation and environmentalism in a magical world that young readers will love exploring. Truly a must read for children and adults alike, this book is a wake up call. If we don't act now, we risk losing close to half of our global biodiversity by 2050. Our planet is in crisis. In the tradition of Dr. Seuss's 'The Lorax,' this new book by Greg Benchwick should be taught the world over. We can only hope it's not too late." - Alan Miller, RT World Bank Principal Climate Change Specialist and globally recognized expert on environmentalism, climate change and conservation

"Greg has done some amazing things with 'Martha' - he's entered a child's mind, and taken them back over a century, while speaking to them in the vocabulary of birds! This is the voice of experience channeled through the innocence of youth, passing on a crucial message to the next generation. As avian and many other species stand on the brink of extinction, this book should be in every school."
Brian Kluepfel, children's author and editor at the Audubon Society.

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