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The Bear
The Bear: A Novel | Claire Cameron
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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.
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Victoriahoperose
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This was really interesting between the storyline and the writing. I am already afraid of getting lost in the woods and the critters who live there, but this takes it to a whole different level because it feels so real. It‘s written in the same style as Room from the perspective of a young child. It really captures the raw emotion of fear and terror that can be found when you need to survive.

Santhoshthomas Good naration 11mo
allureofbeauty I got this at the dollar store but I haven‘t read it yet. 11mo
Victoriahoperose @allureofbeauty that‘s a steal! I really liked it! 11mo
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Book_Fairy_Mary
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I cannot even begin to convey just how awful this book is. I hated the children, who happen to be the main characters, and prayed the bear would eat them so the book would end and put me out of my misery. I cannot believe this will go down as the first book I read in 2019. Awful.

AlaSkaat 😂😂 12mo
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Book_Fairy_Mary
The Bear: A Novel | Claire Cameron
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Good morning! I'm currently trudging through a book that I thought would get me out of my reading rut, but I'm about halfway through and so not feeling it.

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amyf0x
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A horrifying account of a bear attack on a remote island in Algonquin Park, told in the voice of 5-year-old Anna as she struggles to care for her little brother after their parents are mauled to death.

Read November 30 - December 2
Book 48/50

(Cute dog in lieu of a book picture I forgot to take!)

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tammysue
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4 ☆ Holy cow.. based off a true story in Algonquin Park Ontario. Bear was a mixed bag for me. I enjoyed the rollercoaster ride of emotion I felt.. so good but oh so painful to read. Idk how many times while reading I thought of my own little ones, the what if‘s.. all as told by Anna age 5.. so heartbreaking but genius to use a child‘s voice.
Thanks @erzascarletbookgasm for another unforgettable book - thats 2 for 2! 🤓👍🏻
#MakeMeReadIt - Book 5

Joyfulmimi Love it when I find those! 1y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I loved this book, had no idea it was inspired by a true event. This is a good book for anyone who enjoyed 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Glad it‘s a pick for you! Book 5 of #MakeMeReadIt 👏 1y
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tammysue @Joyfulmimi @StillLookingForCarmenSandiago This has all the feels.. I had to take a L O N G break before starting another book after finishing it. I haven‘t read Room yet even though I have the book. I‘ve heard it‘s a highly emotional heart-wrenching story. 1y
tammysue @erzascarletbookgasm Was very good Jessie although a tough read for me! Now onto Book 6 👍🏻😁 1y
Ingerella I just downloaded it from Hoopla. I loved Room so I hope I will enjoy this one too. 1y
tammysue @Ingerella Let me know what you think after you read it. 1y
Ingerella Will do. 1y
arubabookwoman I really liked this one! 1y
tammysue @arubabookwoman Glad you enjoyed it, Deborah! 😀 1y
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Clwojick
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This is honestly hard to read. I‘m completely loving it, but it‘s just so heart wrenching to read from the perspective of a 5 year old girl, who‘s trying to survive with her 3 year old brother in Algonquin Park after her parents were attacked by a black bear.

robinb Oh man...I‘m not sure I could handle that one! 😔 2y
EH2018 I read this, thought it was well constructed, but really difficult to recommend 2y
laurenlovesliterature My mom read this and she felt exactly the same way. 2y
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Clwojick
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I had four credits on Hoopla that I had to use before the end of the month. I chose four books that are in my physical shelf so I can read the book, and listen to the audiobook at the same time. Here‘s what I chose. Book 4/4 ☺️ I‘ve heard mixed things about this book, but I‘m a sucker for books told in the perspective of children.

Have any of you guys read this one? What did you think?

BookishTrish I liked it. I don‘t remember always believing the narrator was a child, but I loved The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon and this plays a similar field 2y
JennyM It was a good few years ago that I read it, but I think I bailed. 2y
Prairiegirl_reading I‘m claustrophobic and it was terrifying to me. I liked it over all though. 2y
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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#AprilBookishMadness #photochallenge @maich

#childprotagonist

Similar to the book Room, in that it's written from a young child's perspective. But it has bears!

Prairiegirl_reading This book is terrifying! If you are claustrophobic be warned! 2y
Prairiegirl_reading It‘s really good though! 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @Prairiegirl_reading That part totally made me gag. In a good way? I like it when books affect me physically. 2y
Prairiegirl_reading Oh yeah. Like I couldn‘t breathe!!! I had to finish and then I had to put the book away and back away from it! Lol! 2y
EH2018 It made me feel kind of guilty to recommend it - tough read. There was something mesmerizing about it though 2y
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Jamiemac1985
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Libby1
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I had a beastly, yet unwilling book model. Thank you, Lola cat.

Written in the voice of a 5 year-old who is present when her parents are attacked by a bear, some of the passages in this book can be confusing and tense. It was challenging to understand what Anna was experiencing, and some things take time to become clear.

This was a story about love, belonging, and trauma. It was challenging but I felt rewarded for engaging with it.

callielafleur She looks so displeased! 😹 2y
Lcsmcat Pretty 😻 2y
Libby1 She wasn‘t impressed, @callielafleur ! It was only there for a few seconds! Thanks, @Lcsmcat . 😃 2y
huntersmom1977 I loved this book!!! 2y
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allureofbeauty
The Bear: A Novel | Claire Cameron
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Dollar Tree finds ❤️📚❤️📚❤️

#dollar #dollartree #dollarstore #dollartreefinds #dollartreebooks #books #tbr

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SMM
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Mehso-so

Told from an unique perspective but narration felt contrived at times. Story itself gripping.

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Alyssa_Anne3
The Bear: A Novel | Claire Cameron
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The bear was a very hard book to get though because it is from the point of view of a 5 year old and thus doesn't make sense at some point however it is a beautiful story of survival and how far you'd go to protect those you love.

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Bookloverforever
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PurpleyPumpkin
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Some #canadianauthors for #day27 of #marchintoreading. I've read them all and enjoyed some. 🇨🇦❤️

LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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mdm139
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#feistyfeb #bestoffebruary these are the books I read this month, my favorites are on the left and the top of the stack @RealLifeReading

Suzze My copy of Echo is an advance reading copy I got when I was still working. I really need to get to it! 3y
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Zelma
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Mehso-so

This one is tough to review because parts are brilliant and others don't work as well. Scary idea and very tense throughout. The beginning is terrifying and the last section made me feel all the feelings. The middle section was a tad repetitive and meandered a bit. Mainly the problem is the voice. Cameron is able to convey a 5-year-old's stream-of-conscious thinking but it sometimes feels forced and not entirely believable.

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Zelma
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Whoa, this book is intense! A five-year old must survive with her toddler brother in the woods after her parents are killed by a wild bear. Told from her point of view, the juxtaposition between her innocent, stream-of-conscious voice and the horror of the situation is chilling. Paired with much-needed afternoon coffee and annoyed Skippy. Oh, and aren't those end papers gorgeous? 😍

Bette Pretty 🐱❤ 3y
DebinHawaii Gorgeous and the book sounds intriguing. And Skippy! 🐱❤️ 3y
Zelma @Bette thank you! @DebinHawaii the book is quite good. Odd but lyrical. It's like listening to a kid talk - same daydream tangents and stories and rambling. 3y
christineandbooks Skippy looks so much like my Smudge! I do not think I could handle that book, though! 3y
KVanRead Looks like Skippy's thinking, "Bear, schmare, big whoop." ?? 3y
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TheKidUpstairs
The Bear: A Novel | Claire Cameron
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I wrestled with this rating. In the end, I had to give it a pick because I couldn't put it down. Beautifully written, gripping, and so so sad. Not for the faint of heart. It may haunt you.

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TheKidUpstairs
The Bear: A Novel | Claire Cameron
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#riotgrams Day 15 #booksandtreats
Sick today, meaning the biggest treat I can stomach is Mr. Noodles and a day in bed while my husband watches the kiddos

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Zelma
The Bear: A Novel | Claire Cameron
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Ahhhh, thank you so much to my Cupid, @RachaelViolet ! I literally squealed when I opened my package. I smelled the coffee before I even opened the tote. So excited to try it out! And I am a tote fiend. And omg, I cannot wait to read the books. I might start The Bear this morning. And the adorable cat pins are going right on my purse. Thank you so much for your creativity and generosity. I love everything. 😍

#cupidgoespostal @BookishMarginalia

Zelma Skippy was very curious about this while trying to take a photo. 😻😆 3y
RachaelViolet Yay!! I'm so glad you like it! 😘😘😘 3y
Reviewsbylola ❤❤ 3y
Zelma @RachaelViolet you totally have me pegged and everything was right up my alley. I like sweets as much as other Littens but coffee is my weakness. Awesome choice! 💕💕 3y
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TheKidUpstairs
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"There is no friend as loyal as a book." - Ernest Hemingway
I don't know if it's 100% true, but good books and good tea are some of my most loyal companions ?

Also pictured - my current read The Bear by Claire Cameron #canfic

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TheKidUpstairs
The Bear: A Novel | Claire Cameron
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Just started, finding it surprisingly enthralling. I usually have more trouble adjusting to a book written from the perspective of a child, but it is done so effectively here. And, oh god, the lamb leg.

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CynthJean
The Bear: A Novel | Claire Cameron
Mehso-so

Beautiful written. Pitch perfect voice of a child. Damn scary. I am still not over it. Brilliant but I do not recommend it

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releasekarma
The Bear: A Novel | Claire Cameron
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The author does a great job at capturing the voice of a 5 year old girl & that's exactly why I'm bailing on this. I really don't like the narration in this, I really have to push myself to keep reading & I'd rather just spend the time with one of the other books on my giant TBR.

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BookMusings
The Bear: A Novel | Claire Cameron
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I thought of this pair of bookish siblings for today's #augustphotochallenge. Anna and Stick! There are some very touching moments between the two of them and a bunch of typical little kid relationship awesomeness. Oh and there is a big, scary bear!

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Lacythebookworm
The Bear: A Novel | Claire Cameron
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This story is terrifying (a family is attacked by a bear), but five-year old Anna and her brother are my picks for #favsiblings #bookphotochallenge #augustofpages

LeahBergen I want to read this one! 3y
Lacythebookworm @LeahBergen Do it! But prepare yourself because it's super suspenseful 😨😳 3y
Jenshootsweddings This one was nail biting from the get go! 3y
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MrBook I have this one somewhere in a still-as-yet unpacked box *sighs*. 3y
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