Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Review: The Bear by Claire Cameron

Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Pages: 240
Received: Received a copy from Random House of Canada in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: February 11, 2014
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Goodreads Synopsis:

A powerfully suspenseful 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, 300 pounds of fury, is attacking the family's campsite, 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 dumps the two children on the edge of the woods, and the sister and brother must battle hunger, the elements, and a dangerous wilderness, we see Anna's heartbreaking love for her family--and her struggle to be brave when nothing in her world seems safe anymore.

Told in the honest, raw voice of five-year-old Anna, this is a riveting story of love, courage, and survival.

My Review:

Oh my, what a book this was. I had such difficulties putting this down, I just wanted the story to keep going. I really believe that Claire Cameron did an amazing job writing this, she had the perfect voice for the narrator. This book is terrifying because it is something that could potentially happen, and as you go on you just want these two children to be okay.

I loved the voice of Anna, in ways it reminded me of ROOM by Emma Donaghue (which is a favourite of mine). Readers can really feel the innocence in the voice and how confusing the situation is for the children because of their age. It was very interesting to see how Anna got through everything, and seeing how she takes care of her little brother (even though she doesn't always like him).

This is such an honest story but because Anna is such a young narrator, she sees everything differently, which is what makes this story so unique. It was heartbreaking to imagine what these two children had to go through, there were so many things that two young children would not understand and would not know how to battle. The weather and the dangers of being in the wilderness, but through it all, Anna's fierce love of her family is what gets her through.

I think this is a strong story for anyone, it's a story that is about heart and doing anything you can to survive the worst situation possible. If a child of this age can survive a situation like this, than what can't we get through in our everyday lives. I want to recommend this book to so many people because I know that it is such a loveable book, and I think that the ending worked well, and really finished the story off perfectly. 


  1. I really want to read this one! It sounds fantastic (and heartbreaking).

  2. I can't wait to read this! I've seen a lot of comparisons to Room, which I loved, so I have high hopes for this.



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