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After 13-year-old Charlie Hall’s mother dies and his father retreats into the silence of grief, Charlie finds himself drifting lost and alone through the brutal halls of junior high school.

But Charlie Hall is not entirely friendless. In the woods behind his house, Charlie is saved from a mountain lion by a grizzly bear, thought to be extinct in northern Idaho.

And this very...more
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Published August 30th 2011 by Forge Books
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This book is absolutely fantastic! I was a huge fan of "A Dog's Purpose," written by the same author, and I can say without reservation that this one is every bit as satisfying. I am always nervous when an author I like decides to go in a different direction like this, but "Emory's Gift" is proof in my eyes that this author has more stories to tell. Personally, I'll be reading W. Bruce Cameron novels as long as he writes them.

Truthfully, my opinion may be somewhat biased because I have recently...more
Peggy Tibbetts
“Emory’s Gift” is an extraordinary story about a boy and a grizzly bear. At age thirteen, Charlie Hall’s life is in shambles. He watched his mother die a long, slow death from cancer, his dad is depressed, and he dreads the eighth grade. Charlie finds refuge from the despair and embarrassment of his life in the natural world that surrounds their isolated property in northern Idaho. One day while trout fishing in the creek Charlie is stalked by a hungry mountain lion when a grizzly bear comes to...more
This is the second book of W. Bruce Cameron that I have read simultaneous to my 12 year old daughter's reading of the same book. We both loved A Dog's Purpose and worried that it would be a tough act to follow. This book did not disappoint. Both of us admitted to being reluctant to put the book down. Both of admitted that, on the same night, we had turned the lights off for the night and had to turn them back on -- to read just a little bit ore. Any reading that allows you to draw closer to your...more
Rating: 3.5

Ah. The perils of middle school. But for thirteen year old Charlie, things are a little worse. He is by far the scrawniest 8th grader, and with no friends and his mother gone, he has nobody to guide him. That is until Emory, the grizzly that seems to be as unafraid of him as he is of it.

I did enjoy the story - I picked it up because of a friend, and was quite taken by Charlie's story. Rather than write one of my regular review, here is a scene that made me smile:

The phone didn't rin...more
Jessica Kale
As a person that utterly loved A Dog's Purpose...I even named my new dog, Ellie, after the Ellie in the book...I hate to write this but...I was really disappointed with this book. From the first chapter I felt the story was so terribly sad. Charlie's relationship with his dad...so sad. As the book went on I kept on waiting for something really interesting to happen with Emory...and I didn't feel it. Even at the end I was sort of..."that's it?" I wanted to really enjoy this book but it just didn'...more
This is a cute somewhat well written story. It's not the deepest plot, I'm not a huge fan of cute animal stories. However this was a pretty good one. A boy meets a bear who becomes his friend. The bear causes an uproar in the community. The boy also deals with his cold father who is dealing with the loss of his wife and the boys mother. I would recommend this for someone who enjoys books about animals and tear jerkers.
I was lucky enough to get a hold of an ARC of this amazing book. I was already a fan of A Dog's Purpose, and was nervous to read this because I wondered if I would like it as much as I had loved the other. I shouldn't have bothered to worry as this book is as good, and yet totally different from A Dog's Purpose. Mostly what I am left with is the spiritual profundity of this book's message. Not to plot spoil, but for me, this book is truly a Christian allegory, another way of seeing how messages...more
Fans of A Dog's Purpose may love this one even more! I was lucky enough to read the blockbuster "A Dog's Purpose" before it became a huge bestseller, and I guess now it's going to be movie from Dreamworks. Because of that, they let me read W. Bruce Cameron's newest novel early, and I have to say, though I'm a huge A Dog's Purpose fan, it's possible I loved this one even more. The unexpected plot twists kept me turning pages on this one long after I'd decided to put the book down for the night. I...more
Pamela Kramer
Emory's Gift by W. Bruce Cameron is different from Cameron's A Dog's Purpose in an important way. A Dog's Purpose was a book about a dog and the various lives it lived until finally, the dog found its reason, or purpose, for living.

Emory's Gift, while featuring a grizzly bear, is about Charlie Hall, a thirteen-year-old whose mother has died. He is dealing with his own grief, his own guilt, and trying to fit in at junior high school.

His father has withdrawn in his own grief and the two almost nev...more
Cathe Olson
13-year-old Charlie, still grieving the loss of his mother, is having a hard time dealing with his uncommunicative father and the trials of being an 8th grade outcast. While out in the woods, he is befriended by a tame Grizzly Bear who claims to be a reincarnated civil war soldier with a message. When Charlie shelters the bear in his barn, things spiral out of control.

There was a lot I liked about the book--I liked Charlie and his budding romance with 7th grader Beth; the book moved well and I...more
Shonna Froebel
This is a magical novel of a few months in the life of a boy. Charlie Hall finds himself a boy with few friends the summer before he starts eighth grade. He lives out of town and with his mother dying earlier in the year, a divide has been created between him and the other boys. As Charlie wanders around the creek and woods near his home, he encounters a grizzly bear, a rarity in northern Idaho. This is not your usual grizzly bear. Charlie feels a connection to the bear and apparently the bear f...more
Victoria Ting
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Dee Walters
Got this on my Nook because I'm such a huge fan of this author, and I think I loved this book even more! As a Christian, I love books (like the Narnia series) that explore the topic of God's Love through the magical world of animals. A Dog's Purpose touched on that theme, but this book takes the idea further. This story reads like a true fable, and you come away thrilled, entertained, and yet comforted from a spiritual perspective. I hope others who review it will be careful not to do plot spoil...more
Oct 20, 2011 Connie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Connie by: Sandie
Great story, I loved the way the author described the thoughts and feelings of the 13 year-old boy.

The relationship between Charlie and his dad was quite sad, and very believable. I like the way it worked out.

I couldn't help but smile every time the author mentioned Yvonne's Vega, what a fun 70's reference.

I didn't really care of Emory's big message but it was a great feel good story.
Leah K
Emory’s Gift by W. Bruce Cameron
359 pages

★★ ½

I was really disappointed by this book. Taking place in the 1970s, Charlie talks about his time as a 13 year old boy who befriends a grizzly bear, which may be a reincarnation of a Civil War soldier – and the bear has come with a message. Will the message get delivered before it’s too late? I know, sounds a little weird, right? But a few years ago I read the author’s book A Dog’s Purpose and fell in love with it so when I saw this one, I had to give...more
A young boy named Charlie loses his mother to cancer. He and his dad tiptoe around each other at home, unsure how to relate to each other. One day in the woods, Charlie finds himself face to face with a great big grizzly bear . . . . Then a miracle happens. To read my full review, visit http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.act...
I love the way that Cameron writes teenage logic. It's so easy to see how something could seem like a good decision to an 8th grader. His books are also really difficult to put down. He is the Sylvester Stallone of cliffhangers. With each of his books, I get to the end of a chapter and just have to keep going. If I want to set the book down, it has to be mid-chapter (if at all).

This book is also an excellent Christian allegory. Unfortunately, I could see some hard core fundamentalist Christians...more
Great coming of age novel. Universal appeal love this author .
Elsie Laming
I loved the book, it was amazing!
Emory's Gift is a wonderfully whimsical coming of age story about a young boy named Charlie Hall who has recently lost his mother to cancer, has no idea how to communicate with his father and who is just starting junior high with no friends. In his adventures in the woods of rural Idaho behind his home he runs into a very special bear. The bear and him actually communicate by writing.

In this story Emory's Gift to Charlie is helping him forgive himself and others, improve his relationship with hi...more
I had heard of Bruce Cameron's other book, A Dog's Purpose, but I'd never read it. I knew it was a best seller and had been getting lots of attention from some of my reading friends, but that wasn't why I picked up Emory's Gift. In fact, I think it was more fate than anything. I was standing in line at BEA for a completely different book signing and someone walked by and just handed Emory's Gift to me. I don't think I even saw the person's face. When I looked down and saw that "Emory" was in the...more
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Read. Therefore, there is no back of the book to inform me what I'm about to read. I have never heard of the author, not had I read his other book. I simply chose this book as I do all books, by the cover image :)

I blew through this book. Partly because it's not very long, but mostly because I loved it. It's a completely fictional work with a happy ending. I enjoyed it as an adult, but I can also see it being the kind of book you would read...more
I had no idea what to expect from this book since I have not read the authors earlier work “A Dog’s Purpose.” I am so pleased that I decided to read it even though it was a bit outside of my normal genre. Emory’s Gift is about a boy named Charlie Hall. He is such a brave boy who is going through some very sad times. At the beginning of the story we learn that Charlie’s mother passed away and his father is still grieving very much. He is very withdrawn from Charlie because of this and it was so h...more
I can easily round this book up to 4.5-star rating...

Will review later...

Now that I think about this book a couple weeks after completing it, I now realize two different things when it comes to my overall opinion of it. The overall writing and character development is really quite good, but on the other hand the "message" the book delivers through the bear was kind of a letdown. "God loves all." Really? OK, I'm a non-believer, but even if I were, I'd still think it was a cheesy thing to throw i...more
charlie hall lives in a small town in idaho. his mother died when he was ten and his father has remained emotionally distant since her death. as charlie enters eighth grade, he is longing for someone to talk to and help guide him through the emotional landmine of junior high.

one day while he is fishing, charlie is confronted by a cougar. as his life flashes before his eyes, he is shocked when the cougar takes off running. charlie then turns around to see a grizzly bear standing on his hind feet....more
Carter Kleoppel
This book was a gem. I had previously read "A Dog's Purpose", another book by W. Bruce Cameron, and I loved it. "Emory's Gift" was filled with the same charm and heart as Cameron's other book, and was really enjoyable to read. One thing I found particularly clever is how Charlie still acts like an eighth grader with normal eighth grader problems, even though he is hiding a 600-pound grizzly bear in his barn with the Fish and Game service at his throat. I also felt that Charlie's lingering sorrow...more
Mary (BookHounds)
Much like A Dog's Purpose, Emory's Gift explores reincarnation. Shortly after 13-year-old Charlie's mom dies from cancer, he is walking in the woods near his home in Idaho and comes face to face with a cougar. Just when the cougar is ready to pounce, it backs off and Charlie finds himself staring down a grizzly bear. Instead of being attacked, Charlie finds himself making a connection with the bear, which follows him home. The bear sticks around and starts to communicate with Charlie. The story...more
EMORY’S GIFT tells of a father, emotionally crippled following the death of his wife, a son suffering from misplaced guilt, and a bear with human like qualities and the ability to communicate, who changed their lives. This sometimes amusing, sometime deeply moving and profound portrait of a father and son trying to salvage the tattered remnants of their lives reads like an autobiographical account of the events that shaped a young boys life and made him the man he is today.

The scenes between Cha...more
Wow! What a wonderfully entertaining book! Quiet seriously, this one of those books that I find myself restless at 4 o'clock in the morning because my mind wants to know what happens next! As a fan of the wildly popular A Dog's Purpose and then it's sequel, A Dog's Journey (which should be on the shelves of every dog lovers's homes)...it wasn't surprising that I found another Bruce book come up on the list of recommendations. What was surprising was that once I saw that this story would be about...more
Wow! Emory's Gift is a beautiful story and a GREAT read! Every time I think W. Bruce Cameron can't possibly outdo himself, he does it yet again!

Initially, I wasn't sure whether or not I'd like a non-dog book after both A Dog's Purpose and A Dog's Journey were so stellar, but this book (actually written prior to the other two) is equally excellent in every way! This author has a real knack for inserting just the right amount of "what if...?" intrigue into real life situations, without crossing b...more
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