Shelf Control #20: The Bear

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Welcome to the newest weekly feature here at Bookshelf Fantasies… Shelf Control!

Shelf Control is all about the books we want to read — and already own! Consider this a variation of a Wishing & Waiting post… but looking at books already available, and in most cases, sitting right there on our shelves and e-readers.

Want to join in? See the guidelines and linky at the bottom of the post, and jump on board! Let’s take control of our shelves!

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My Shelf Control pick this week is:

BearTitle: The Bear
Author: Claire Cameron
Published: 2014
Length: 217 pages

What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):

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.

How I got it:

I bought it.

When I got it:

When the paperback was released.

Why I want to read it:

It sounds pretty heartbreaking — but I also remember seeing interviews with the author when the book first came out and being completely fascinated by her descriptions of the plot. After reading Room, I was a little hesitant about reading another book narrated by a small child in peril (sniff… the feels!), but somehow I keep coming back to this one. Hopefully, I’ll finally give it a try soon.

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Want to participate in Shelf Control? Here’s how:

  • Write a blog post about a book that you own that you haven’t read yet.
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For more on why I’ve started Shelf Control, check out my introductory post here, or read all about my out-of-control book inventory, here.

And if you’d like to post a Shelf Control button on your own blog, here’s an image to download (with my gratitude, of course!):

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9 thoughts on “Shelf Control #20: The Bear

  1. Yep, the character may be young, but this doesn’t sound like your typical Middle Grade title. I’m guessing it was written for older readers? It still sounds like one that will draw you in quite quickly though. I hope you enjoy this one!

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