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The Grizzly (Harper Trophy Books) by Annabel…

The Grizzly (Harper Trophy Books)

by Annabel Johnson, Edgar Johnson

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Not my type of story, but I really liked the SF YA?An Alien Music, and this is all that I can find for a reasonable price (never mind my library system) by A&E Johnson.

Ok, done.

Very much an adventure story: about a strong man who is made vulnerable by both the bear attack and by his desire to finally be a father to his son, and a boy raised by a gentle mother who learns a bit about the different kinds of strength and courage that define a man. ?á

Unfortunately the constant sexist references spoil the story: Mom's a girl, she doesn't like that sort of thing, she'd be scared, she wouldn't understand, girls don't...." ?áI found that surprising, given that Annabel is surely a girl, and so is the MC in Alien Music. ?áI think this story would have won me over if it weren't for that sexism. ?á

The details of the setting, of learning to fish and knowing the habits of bears, and truck camping, etc, were thorough and interesting... but actually, there's another big flaw in the book: surely no experienced outdoorsman would ever be stupid enough to leave open food on the open tailgate of the truck and then go fishing, given that it's known bear country.

Well, if I ever come across anything else by the Johnsons I will read it. ?áBut I won't seek out more. ?áTo you, I recommend only An Alien Music, and that only if you like older YA SF." ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
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When Mark, the father David scarcely knows, arrives to take him on a weekend fishing trip, David is tense and nervous. His parents have been separated for years, and David wonders if his rugged, outdoorsman father is testing him in some way.But the weekend turns out to be an adventure that neither one of them has planned on. A giant grizzly bear forces David up, a tree, then attacks Mark, eats their provisions, and puts their pickup truck out of commission. David must take charge. He finds a strength in himself he never thought he had, and in taking care of his seriously injured father starts to overcome his fear of him. There's only one problem: Can David get himself and his father out of the forest in time?

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A young boy and his estranged father find themselves united, for the first time on a camping trip, by facing the sinister threat of a grizzly bear.

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