A young girl who must fend for herself and her little brother after a brutal bear attack in this "emotional tour de force" (Megan Abbott)
While camping with her family on a remote island, five-year-old Anna awakes in the night to the sound of screaming. A rogue black bear has entered the family's campsite and is attacking her parents.
At her dying mother's 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 struggle to be brave when nothing in her world seems safe anymore.
Told in the innocent voice of a child, THE BEAR is a transporting tale about love, loss, and the raw instincts that enable us to survive.
About the Author
Claire Cameron is Professor of Social Care and Social Work at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. She was previously Reader in Education at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education University of London, UK. She runs and supports research and development projects in relation to children's services, looked after children and social pedagogy. She is part of the team running the government-funded pilot study into the impact of social pedagogy on residential child care in England.