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Sioux Falls Feminists endorse The Bear for the very heroic and frank
story of a five-year-old girl's struggle, from her point of view, to
save herself and her younger brother alone in the wilderness.

The Bear
By Claire Cameron

The Bear (2014) - 221 pages
The Bear at Amazon.com

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 their 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 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.

Claire Cameron's first novel, The Line Painter, was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award for best crime first novel and won the Northern Lit Award from the Ontario Library Service. Cameron's work has appeared in the New York Times, the Globe and Mail, and The Millions. She worked as wilderness instructor in Ontario's Algonquin Park and for Outward Bound. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.

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The Bear
By Claire Cameron

Sioux Falls Feminists endorse The Bear for the very heroic and frank
story of a five-year-old girl's struggle, from her point of view, to
save herself and her younger brother alone in the wilderness.