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.
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"Five-year-old Anna and her 2-year-old brother must survive on their own in remote Canada after a bear kills their parents. Told from AnnaÕs point of view, the story is made doubly harrowing by narrator Cassandra MorrisÕs childlike voice. When a rogue bear attacks the familyÕs campsite, Anna and Stick are saved by the desperate actions of their father but then must fend for themselves. MorrisÕs emotional range matches that of the child she portrays, changing at the turn of a thought. With convincing authenticity, Morris creates the childish ÒMom voiceÓ Anna uses to cajole her brother to obey, as well as the internalized sulkiness of a young girl who is unaccustomed to sacrificing her own needs for anotherÕs. Like Emma DonoghueÕs ROOM, THE BEAR is a discomforting, but ultimately emotional and compelling, story. L.T. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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