This is an interesting, and rather creepy book, told through the eyes of a child who has experienced something horrific. It tells the story of her and her younger brother's journey in the aftermath of a bear attack which splits their family in half.
It took me a little while to get into the flow of the writing, but once I had got used to experiencing the story through a child's eyes it was gripping to read. There is so much confusion in the story as to what the children believe to have happened, perhaps it is preferable for them to deny what they know to be true and pretend that everything is really okay and Mummy and Daddy will be right back.
Essentially this is a heartbreaking story of survival as we see a young girl try her best to look after her younger brother whilst lost in the wilderness and in danger of further attack.
What makes the story so creepy is that it is based on true events. Knowing situations such as this could actually happen in real life makes the story that much harder to leave and drives your imagination crazy with what-ifs.
This book will give you something a little different. Interesting, brave and incredibly sad the story will stay with you long after reading.
The back page blurb:
Mummy never yells. Mostly not ever. Except sometimes.
Title: The Bear
Author: Claire Cameron
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