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Bearstone (Bearstone #1)

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  360 ratings  ·  61 reviews
A troubled Indian boy goes to live with an elderly rancher whose caring ways help the boy become a man.
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published September 30th 1989 by Atheneum Books (first published 1989)
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"Bearstone" is a triumph. Cloyd Atcitty is Ute Nation, a runaway from a group home for Native American boys and has been sent to work for Walter Landis, an old rancher on an isolated Colorado farm. Far from his grandmother and White Mesa, Cloyd is resentful and proud; unwilling to see the opportunity set in front of him. Cloyd has a deep love of mountains and on his first day on the farm heads up into the mountains, unaware of the danger it presents. He stumbles across a cave where he finds a sm ...more
Jan 14, 2008 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Guys who like adventure books
This is a great book! It is all about this kid named Cloyd who believes a stone gives him strength and invulnerability. Cloyd, who is a teenager from White Mesa, Utah, has a rough time getting along with a guy named Walter, who is taking care of him since both his parents passed away. However, Cloyd eventually persuades Walter to take him into the mountains with and go up to the gold mine. Cloyd really wants to go up there to climb an ancient Ute pyramid, though, instead of mining for ore. They ...more
I choose this book because my cousin told me it was a great book to read. The plot of this book is, Cloyd hasn't been to school for four years and doesn't have parents. Cloyd goes to Colorado fails school and runs away to search for his father. Will Cloyd be able to find his father? If not, then what will happen to Cloyd? My favorite quote is on page 70, paragraph 2, " Now let's get you taken care of. You look like something the cat spit out." This was my favorite quote because, it showed how ho ...more
Tommy Marsh
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Another "Meh" book. Not too bad but not something to get excited over. I like that the main character had indian (something around that...not sure) backround. This kid isn't doing well with his family and so he gets sent to a man who owns a farm and wants to put it back together again, fix it up. It was pretty cool to read about the man and the boy bonding. Definitely a coming of age book. I think I might see if the 2nd one has anything to offer because I liked the premise but I'm not so impress ...more
Becca Kirkman
This was a really quick moving read. It is about a Native American boy who is in trouble, and sent to live with old rancher man. "Secretly renaming himself Lone Bear, Cloyd calls upon the strength of his ancient ancestors-first to do battles with his own hostilities, but finally to discover the magic power of an old man's love, and the secrets of living in a world he is just begun to understand". There are so many different themes of revenge, love, understanding, and connecting to your ancestors ...more
I haven’t read much of Will Hobbs's books; but this book really seemed realistic as you see the world from Cloyd’s eyes. The pain, revenge, and love in this book showed the ups and downs of being a young troubled teen. I really like where you see Cloyd transition from boy and almost to man in this tale. The pain and loneliness feels real as you read along in the book. It wasn’t just Cloyd’s point of view that I loved but also Walter’s. Suffer and building strength after his wife’s death is very ...more
Evan R.
This is a great book! It is all about this kid named Cloyd who believes a stone gives him strength and invulnerability. Cloyd, who is a teenager from White Mesa, Utah, has a rough time getting along with a guy named Walter, who is taking care of him since both his parents passed away. However, Cloyd eventually persuades Walter to take him into the mountains with and go up to the gold mine. Cloyd really wants to go up there to climb an ancient Ute pyramid, though, instead of mining for ore. They ...more
Krista Stevens
Fourteen year old Cloyd has a lot of anger issues and impulsivity. It's true that life hasn't been kind to him - he doesn't have parents, can barely read, and is sent to a group home for Indian boys. When an old rancher tries to help him out - Cloyd tests his sincerity and affection numerous times - one rather shockingly. Parts of the story were hard to buy - especially the last third of the book. More of a 3- or 2+.
I really liked reading this book and I read it in my Seventh grade English class. I really liked that it was about a Native American boy named Cloyd and how he becomes friends with an elderley man. I thought that the most important part in the story is when Cloyd finds a turquoise stone and his peolpe the Utes have a very special relationship with bears. So, Cloyd keeps the stone hoping that it will bring him strength. Walter the elderly man that is friends with Cloyd offers him a ride up into t ...more
Vishnu Brahmandam
One of the best books I've read for school. I remember having animated discussions with my teacher about the characters and plot progression. Bearstone changed my outlook about certain things in life and helped me improve my imagination.

I have read this book to my class a few time and they love it! There is enough adventure and action to keep them interested. I highly recommend any of Mr. Hobb's book for young boys who haven't found the passion of reading yet.
This is one of my favorite books and will always be one of my favorite books, this is the book that has gotten me into reading. Now to find my copy and go on this journey one more time.
I'm a visual person, so I love it when an author describes the scenery of a place. I also love being out in the country, or the wilderness. This book takes place in southern Colorado and the Weminuche Wilderness area. I'll probably never climb the Rio Grande Pyramid, but I feel like I have because I read Bearstone. The story is touching, too. It's all about a troubled Ute teenager named Cloyd who just needs some care and attention to straighten himself out. During the time he lives with Walter, ...more
This is one of the Big Read books we are currently reading at school. It is a coming of age story about an American Indian boy named Cloyd who is sent from the remote Utah canyons to Colorado and eventually to work for an old rancher. I recognized the area of Colorado this book was set in, and also appreciated the reference to the presumed last Grizzly Bear which was displayed in a museum in Denver (formerly displayed in Canon City I think). Besides my connection to it geographically I enjoyed t ...more
Chelsey Ortega
For only 154 pages it took me a while to read it. It was just not interesting at first, and Cloyd made me quite angry. But the ending was good which is why I was able to give it 4 stars.
Teacher recommended it to the class because it is a total boys book, and in a class full of chick lit it nice to read something that isn't for girls.

I liked the book, it reminded me a lot of Gary Paulson's books and it took me back to the books I would read and love when I was fourteen.

Sex: No
Drugs: None
Violence: I don't remember any in story
language: nice and clean

Recommended to anyone who has a young man that likes the outdoors and wants to feel independent. Great book! I would read the sequel
Sharon Skinner
Will Hobbs knows his subjects and his understanding of culture shines through in this story of 14-year-old Ute, Cloyd Atcitty, who is raised by his grandmother and sent to live in a group home in Durango. Cloyd struggles to find his identity. When he finds an ancient stone carved in the shape of a bear, he gives himself the name, Lone Bear, hoping that the stone will give him strength and help to change his luck. As much as I despised the protagonist at times, I stuck with this book and found th ...more
Dayna Smith
Hobbs is such a wonderful author, especially for boys. If you like Gary Paulsen, you'll love Will Hobbs. This is the story of 14-year-old Cloyd, a Ute Indian boy who has been sent to a group home in Colorado. For the summer he is sent to a farm owned by elderly Walter Landis. Walter and Cloyd struggle to understand each other, even as Cloyd seeks to understand himself and his heritage. A wonderful story set in the beautiful Colorado mountains. Starts a little slow, but picks up quickly. A very e ...more
This book was a very good book. If you like exciting adventurous books you should read this. A confused upset boy that doesn't fit in and doesn't do well in school is sent to live on a farm with an old man. He becomes good friends with the old man and helps him out around the farm. They go on a big adventure looking for gold and exploring the mountains but something happens that changes everything. If you want to find out what happens read this book.
Another book read by me read by most children in 7th or 8th grade.

Although it's not for the older crowd, it still teaches quite a lesson!

Cloyd, a boy who once lived with his grandma is taken in by Eaglewing, a group home because he's disobedient and runs away very often, too often.

Walter, the man who takes him in is caring as well as compassionate.

A definite book to read!
A good story of a troubled boy finding good in the world and a reason to live a good life by developing a positive relationship with a lonely old man. Really heavy on the use of descriptive language to describe the Colorado landscape, mining techniques, and farm work. It can really bog down the story at times. Overall, our family enjoyed the main thread of the story.
I enjoyed this story. It was heartwarming, full of beautiful imagery of the Colorado Rockies and the culture of Native Americans. The relationship between Walter and Cloyd was a joy to read about. I read this book and The Big Wave to get a feel for the current curriculum in Jr. High English; since I was considering getting licensed to teach.
Rebecca  Einstein Schorr
This was assigned to my 7th grader who (a) doesn't like reading and (b) has some learning issues. We read it together and he really, really enjoyed it. Not only is the story compelling, but it allowed us to have some great conversations about how the Native Americans are treated and have been treated over time. An easy and enjoyable read.
I think in order to appriciate this book, you have to be an outdoorsy person, I definately am one and the settings in this book are very relatable to me. Sometimes though, I wish I could slap Cloyd across the face so maybe a little sense could be knocked into him, but other than the unbearable naiveness of Cloyd, the book was very good.
Sandra Strange
Middle to young high school readers will appreciate this adventure, in which the protagonist must struggle with his own identity as he struggles to master nature and thwart those who do not appreciate nature as he does.
Really liked this one. Read it aloud to my boys. I liked how unconditional love and hard work were able to change a troubled boys heart and teach him to love and trust again. Also a story of forgiveness.
It was alright. Probably wouldn't have picked it, AT ALL!!! Considering the fact I'm more interested in fiction because you could be walking then out of nowhere a BIG dragon picks you up and you fly away!!!
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WILL HOBBS is the author of seventeen novels for upper elementary, middle school and young adult readers, as well as two picture book stories. Seven of his novels, Bearstone, Downriver, The Big Wander, Beardance, Far North, The Maze, and Jason's Gold, were named Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association. ALA also named Far North and Downriver to their list of the 100 Best You ...more
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