The Bear

Kobo ebook | February 11, 2014

byClaire Cameron

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The black dog is not scratching. He goes back to his sniffing and huffing and then he starts cracking his bone. Stick and I are huddled tight. . . . It is dark and no Daddy or Mommy and after a while I watch the lids of my eyes close down like jaws.

Told from the point of view of a six-year-old child, The Bear is the story of Anna and her little brother, Stick--two young children forced to fend for themselves in Algonquin Park after a black bear attacks their parents. A gripping and mesmerizing exploration of the child psyche, this is a survival story unlike any other, one that asks what it takes to survive in the wilderness and what happens when predation comes from within.

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The black dog is not scratching. He goes back to his sniffing and huffing and then he starts cracking his bone. Stick and I are huddled tight. . . . It is dark and no Daddy or Mommy and after a while I watch the lids of my eyes close down like jaws.Told from the point of view of a six-year-old child, The Bear is the story of Anna and h...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:February 11, 2014Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385679033

ISBN - 13:9780385679039

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome. Extremely good, love it. Would give 7 stars if possible. :-) Great book,great job. There's serious, funny, and worryng times. “The Bear" was very well written.
Date published: 2015-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The bear Excellent, gripping &well writin, puts you in the eye and life of the children, very heartfelt, would recommend but be prepared to not put down.
Date published: 2015-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling Read Some times this book was hard to read - the first couple of chapters were terrifying! And some times you had to un-use your imagination to understand what was happening. Overall, a fantastic read and highly recommend.
Date published: 2015-07-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Droning Interesting overall story but the meat of it could've been told in about two pages and the rest was childish drivel, made much more annoying by the fact that this 4 yr old has the vocabulary of a 2 year old and yet the ability to draw complex metaphors with colors and things she sees. I found it difficult to suspend my disbelief because my nieces this age and younger can speak... well.. normally. For example, they can differentiate between "sniff" and "smell" (the narrator frequently describes smells in terms of what something 'sniffs' like). Interesting notion, but kind of an irritating read.
Date published: 2015-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Bear Riveting. Couldn't put down. Interesting reading the story from a child's perspective. Don't miss this one.
Date published: 2015-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from deeply affecting The author beautifully represents the children both in their approach to the situation and in their resilience. It was a heart wrenching read that I will never forget.
Date published: 2015-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The bear Tremendous insight into the minds and feelings of children and their capacity for love and courage in a terrifying situation. An outstanding novel and beautifully written.
Date published: 2015-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Bear This captures a tragic event seen through the eyes of a child so very well. Truly absorbing from start to finish!
Date published: 2015-04-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed The story line had potential and then i realised it was written from the point of a 4yr old child. Huge disappointment. Very unimpressed with this style of writing.
Date published: 2015-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Waterworks. Hard to read if you have kids. But also hard not to. Loved it, and recommend to anyone, except my wife who will probably never let me take the kids camping if she reads it.
Date published: 2015-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heart wrenching So many times I wanted to just close this book and pretend I'd never started it. Its so real, a real nightmare that you can't escape, I had to keep reading to be sure it would be OK. Told from the point of view of a child, at times this storey seems to just teeter on, but it is also that glimpse inside the mind of a child, that keeps you reading on.
Date published: 2015-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The bear Great book. Love it. I want to read more from this author. The choice of words used is unique and suspenseful. This book puts life into perspective and how we should appreciate everything and every moment.
Date published: 2014-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The bear This book was very good, a lot more than I expected. At times it was serious and other times it was funny. Then you had the parts where it brought you to tears. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Date published: 2014-12-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The bear Very good, I guess with all the camping I do and having two small kids this one really got to me mentally
Date published: 2014-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The bear Very good, I guess with all the camping I do and having two small kids this one really got to me mentally
Date published: 2014-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Bear What an emotional ride this story was. Based on a true occurrence, the story told from a children's perspective was heart wrenching. Kudos to the writer on this must-read novel.
Date published: 2014-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Bear I found this book very, very interesting, and was very surprised how a very girl could take very good care of her brother. I. hope that Claire doesn't have anymore nightmares. <3
Date published: 2014-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loss, courage & healing Once they were four. A father's heroic efforts to save his children cost him his life. A mother's last words to her daughter push them to safety away from danger. And the children must go on.
Date published: 2014-04-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Young girl with ADD The story could have been riveting, but the fact that the narrator is a young girl with what looks like an attention deficit disorder is ... distracting. It's hard to believe in the story, I can't believe that a 6 year old girl would have such difficulty to focus on the seriousness of the problem at hand. Strange book for a strange story.
Date published: 2014-04-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good ... but I wanted to like it more I am a huge fan of stories written from an interesting point of view - which in this case comes from the narration of Anna, age 5. I did enjoy this book, consumed it over a few days, and it was relatively un-put-down-able. BUT ... I wanted to like it more. The story was really really basic, albeit tragic. The child's perspective is always fascinating, and of course, that was my favourite part. That said, as far as a child's narrative goes, I would say that Emma Donoghue's "Room" was a far superior book, with better developed characters and had more of a storyline.
Date published: 2014-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Young girl with ADD Fabulous book! I couldn't put it down. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2014-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I bought and finished it in 2 days. It was such a page turner, i couldn't get enough of it. I kept putting my children in the novel. Their the same age as the two in this book. It opened up my mind so much more as a mother & all the duties i have to do to make sure my children are prepared for this world and all the dangers it holds. I'm almost lost for words. I would recommend everyone to read this book, its truly touching, brave, courageous and loving...
Date published: 2014-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully heart wrenching. Despite the difficult topic, I couldn't put this book down and a week later still feel haunted by the storie. Highly recommend this book!
Date published: 2014-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gut wrenchingly good I love to read. And I read a lot. I only choose books I know I'm going to enjoy. But every so often, there's that book that goes beyond that enjoyment feeling - one that absolutely grabs you, has you tingling with anticipation knowing there's an amazing story just waiting within the pages, one that you can't wait to tell others about. Well, I'm telling you - The Bear by Claire Cameron is one of those books. I literally could not put it down. Twenty pages in, I just knew I wasn't going to bed early that night. In October of 1991, a pair of campers was attacked by a bear in Algonquin Park, Canada. "There is no clear reason for what happened other than a hungry bear decided to take a chance on a new source of food." Author Cameron was a counsellor at a summer camp at Algonquin that year as well. "The Bear is based on my memories of and research into this bear attack. I added the kids." Yes, kids. The Bear is told through the eyes and voice of five year old Anna. She and her two year old brother Stick, are the survivors of an attack that kills their parents - and leaves them alone in the vast wilderness that is Algonquin. As adults, we know what is happening and what they should do, but Anna is only five and has limited skills, knowledge and experience to draw on. It is frightening and heartbreaking to imagine this truly happening - the confusion, the questions, the fear and the loss. Cameron does a truly fantastic job of bringing this to the page with Anna's voice. Through her memories, thoughts and senses (smell and touch are very important to Anna) we come to know the children, the family's life, the parents and their love for Anna and Stick. Anna draws on her memories time and time again as she struggles with what to do. The Bear is told in a 'stream-of-consciousness', non-linear format that was highly effective and heightened the tension. Emotional, unsettling, gripping and gut-wrenchingly good. Highly, highly recommended.
Date published: 2014-02-19