A powerful suspense story narrated by a young girl who must fend for herself and her little brother after a brutal bear attack While camping with her family on a remote island, five-year-old Anna awakes in the night to the sound of her mother screaming. A rogue black bear, three hundred pounds of... show more
A powerful suspense story narrated by a young girl who must fend for herself and her little brother after a brutal bear attack While camping with her family on a remote island, five-year-old Anna awakes in the night to the sound of her mother screaming. A rogue black bear, three hundred pounds of fury, is attacking the family's campsite -- and pouncing on her parents as prey.At her dying mother's faint urging, Anna manages to get her brother into the family's canoe and paddle away. But when the canoe runs aground on the edge of the woods, the sister and brother must battle hunger, the elements, and a wilderness alive with danger. Lost and completely alone, they find that their only hope resides in Anna's heartbreaking love for her family, and her struggle to be brave when nothing in her world seems safe anymore.This is a story with a small narrator and a big heart. Cameron gracefully plumbs Anna's young perspective on family, responsibility, and hope, charting both a tragically premature loss of innocence and a startling evolution as Anna reasons through the impossible situations that confront her. Lean and confident, and told in the innocent and honest voice of a five-year-old, THE BEAR is a transporting tale of loss -- but also a poignant and surprisingly funny adventure about love and the raw instincts that enable us to survive.
Publish date: February 11th 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
, Adult Fiction
Prior to reading this book, I had seen a review or two, which piqued my interest in the book. And when I was able to sit down with the book and read it, I basically ripped through the book and could really feel the intensity of the kids trying to get help. It took me a couple times to read the beg...
This review originally appeared as part of Pageturners: sometimes mysterious on Buried.In.Print. The perspective in The Bear is five-year-old Anna’s; imagine hers to be the larger silhouette on the cover, with her nearly-three-year-old brother in tow. Imagine her to be tugging him away from the ...
Latest review for Liz Loves Books from lovely daughter Mel :) With thanks to Harvill Secker for the competition copy. Anna is five. Her little brother, Stick, is almost three. They are camping with their parents in Algonquin Park, in three thousand square miles of wilderness. It's the perfect fa...
Young siblings Anna and Alex (aka Sticky) are on their own. Their parents will meet them back on the mainland, once they've healed from injuries caused by a "black dog". Or will they? Anna rows the boat, as the novel transitions from thriller to survivalist.Whilst the first part is confusing but eng...
THE BEAR is an emotional heavy-hitter, if you can push through two-hundred pages of narrative told in the voice of a five-year-old. It is hard reading, but the payoff may be worth it. Your call. Here’s a sample: “No one comes and all the parents are mad and gone away and I am not supposed to scre...