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Monday, July 24, 2017

Dreaming the Bear by Mimi Thebo

Dreaming the BearCan you imagine being uprooted from your home only to find yourself living in the middle of a National Forest with no friends, no WiFi, and even, at times, no heat or electricity?  To make matters worse you're recovering from a serious illness and can't even go to school.  That's exactly what's happening to Darcy, who, along with her father, mother, and older brother, are living in Yellowstone National Park where her father works as a naturalist.  Darcy spends a lot of time alone while her parents are working and her brother is at school, and each day straps on her snowshoes to go for a walk to help her build up her strength.

One day, Darcy has a very unusual encounter with a hibernating grizzly bear who appears to be badly injured.  From that point on, much of the story takes on a fantasy-like quality as Darcy mixes reality with the out-of-body experiences she has while in a weakened state of health.  The reader also gets some of the bear's perspective which explains her strange behavior with a human.

Dreaming the Bear is a book that I couldn't put down. It's what I would call an easy-read.  The story and language are simple, but very compelling.  I really couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen to Darcy and the bear.  Scenes with the bear were sometimes tense and scary, and other times gentle and touching, but all seemed very realistic and believable.  Some readers might think the ending is sad, while others might say it has a happy ending.  I'm not going to give my opinion on that - read it and decide for yourself!  I'd love to read your comments.

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