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Emory's Gift

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  1,805 Ratings  ·  334 Reviews
After thirteen-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, a species thought to be extinct in northern Ida
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Sep 11, 2011 Charlie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Peggy Tibbetts
Mar 06, 2012 Peggy Tibbetts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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
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 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
Feb 22, 2012 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 30, 2011 Pattycakelady rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dee Walters
Aug 30, 2011 Dee Walters rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 24, 2015 Malcolm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thirteen-year-old Charlie Carter lives with his father on a road adjacent to a forest and a creek that are perfect for exploring. As the book begins, Charlie is still hurting over the recent death of his mother, feels unloved by a father who seldom speaks to him, and invisible at school where he's not in any of the in-groups. Then he meets a grizzly bear in the woods and everything begins to change.

The story is an enjoyable read about a young man whose feelings are probably similar to those of m
Aug 15, 2011 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Laury Kerr
Jun 06, 2015 Laury Kerr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just LOVE this book so much. I read it in 2 days, it was funny, sad, and made you wonder. I really didn't want it to end.
Jun 19, 2015 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another W. Bruce Cameron book that I couldn't put down! This is the story of Charlie, a 13 year old boy, and a grizzly bear with extraordinary abilities. In a change from A Dog's Purpose and A Dog's Journey, this story is narrated by the boy, not told from the animal's perspective.
Charlie has some problems in his life. He recently lost his mother, communication with his father is non-existent, and he has problems at school. Then he meets Emory, a grizzly bear with "special" skills. When Emory
Jul 07, 2011 Serena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Pamela Kramer
Sep 29, 2011 Pamela Kramer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Shonna Froebel
Nov 19, 2012 Shonna Froebel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 22, 2013 Victoria Ting rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jill Manske
Sep 21, 2014 Jill Manske rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those who read and loved "A Dog's Purpose" and/or "A Dog's Journey", Cameron is back with another sensational book. "Emory's Gift" is the story of a 13-year-old boy who recently lost his mother to cancer and whose father is so deeply mired in grief, he's stopped being a father. Charlie's life is a very unhappy one, especially since he's a small, rather scrawny kid who is the target of bullies in junior high. With no siblings or family members (other than his father), he's very lonely and is ...more
Aug 12, 2015 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would actually give this a 4.5 if I could. I liked it better than a 4 but not quite enough for a 5. I enjoyed the book and found it engaging most of the time. It wasn't as good a A Dog's Purpose which I simply loved, but few books are. Considering that I usually prefer completely realistic fiction, the author did well to bring me along using his device of reincarnation to develop the sad and difficult journey of a young teenage boy and his father as they struggled to adapt to the loss of their ...more
Dec 08, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emory's gift is a ……well, a reader's gift! A sweet, innocent, coming of age story that is written for everyone of all ages. Charlie Hall is a 13 year old boy trying to over come the death of his mother, who he lost to cancer. After her death, his relationship with his dad becomes quite challenging and their communication with each other comes to an abrupt end. Along comes Emory, an enormously grand grizzly bear who befriends Charlie in a way the 13 year old desperately needs at the time. The sto ...more
Oct 20, 2011 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jun 11, 2014 Leah K rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emory’s Gift by W. Bruce Cameron
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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 it
Oct 19, 2011 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 15, 2015 Cherry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was nice and easy to read, with some really good parts. I was on the edge of my seat, though, wondering what was going to happen, and what did happen was something of an anticlimax. I noted in my review of 'A dog's purpose' that the writing was very human-centric; less how a dog would think, and more how a person pretending to be a dog might think. This was the same. It wasn't really a book about a boy befriending a bear, because the bear (view spoiler) ...more
Oct 27, 2014 Sky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was great. It was sort of emotional and heart warming because this boy had a connection to a bear. One day when Charlie went outside to the creek near his house to go fishing, he saw a mountain lion. It was staring straight at him , but luckly everyday he has asked his dad what to do in certain situations like that and he tried to scare the mountain lion away and the bear was there to save him. This book showed a real connection towards the boy(Charlie)and the bear (Emory)which became ...more
May 23, 2014 Mindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Gloria Piper
Told in first person, Charlie tells of the time he started eighth grade in junior high school, after having lost his mother. His father had become distant, and Charlie, small for his age, seems to fit nowhere. Even his friend, who lives next to him in the country, has inexplicably turned against him. Then Charlie meets a grizzly bear. Grizzlies were supposedly extinct in Idaho and are known to be deadly. Nevertheless the bear and Charlie become friends. His ups and downs continue with schoolmate ...more
Jan 30, 2015 MaryAnn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book!!!
May 25, 2016 Brenna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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There was a cheesy idea behind this book; boy meets bear, befriends bear, falls in love, shoos bear away while OneRepublic’s Secrets plays in the background. At least, that’s what I assumed. I don’t know, maybe I like cheesy and I just refused to accept that this was a bad book. But seriously, any book with a bear that can address spirituality and reincarnation while also dealing with a young boy growing up alone is not very cheeseball. I know I haven’t read any other good ones lately. I really ...more
Jan 29, 2012 Yvonned rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great coming of age novel. Universal appeal love this author .
Elsie Laming
Sep 18, 2014 Elsie Laming rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the book, it was amazing!
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