The Bear by Claire Cameron
Little Brown and Company (February 2014)
208 pages, 3 stars
ABOUT THE BOOK: 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. —Goodreads.com
After her parents are killed by the bear, Anna must survive the elements and protect her younger brother. The narrative is told in Anna’s five-year-old voice. It reminded me a lot of Room, which is told from a five-year-old boy’s perspective. Anna is a conflicted character, who senses underlying tensions between her parents and hints at her father’s rage through flashbacks. She’s extremely intuitive, yet also has an explosive temper. It was refreshing to see violence in a young female character. Often female characters take on a motherly role in situations like this, but Anna didn’t. I appreciated that the author resisted gender roles.
My main complaint with this book is that it all happens so fast. In a little over 200 pages you get the story of loss, survival, and recovery. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions and events that I don’t think were explored as thoroughly as they could have been. However, this was a quick and absorbing read!
FASHION FRIDAY: My dear little hot head, don this tee covered in forest friends, the big black dog is not as sweet as Snoopy. In fact, he’s a killer. But your young mind takes a while to process that fact. Wrap yourself in this orange cardigan, which will keep you warm during Canada’s cool summer nights.
These patterned shorts are a fun addition to your wardrobe. They’ve seen better days though and so have you. This beer cap necklace is in the shape of a heart, you lost yours to the big black dog who ate your parents. It’s called a Canoe Paddle. When your mother told you to go to the canoe and wait for her, she didn’t know the paddle would be broken.
Finally these polka dot socks will keep your feet warm while they are bunched down over your boots. These boots are great for hiking and running from forest friends. And ultimately they’ll take you back to where it all started years after the fact.