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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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
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His father has withdrawn in his own grief and the two almost nev...more
Truthfully, my opinion may be somewhat biased because I have recently...more
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
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
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
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 think what I had a hard time with was that the book felt like it was split between a realistic adventure novel and a fantasy novel. I never had this impression when I read 'A Dog's Purpose' as it was written from the point...more
In W. Bruce Cameron’s best-selling second novel, “Emory’s Gift,” Charlie finds a gift, and it comes in the shape of an odd grizzly bear.
Deep inside the written words from Cameron’s keyboards, one can see hints of hope, promise of hope and happiness. Emor...more
Emory’s Gift: A Novel reveals an entirely different side of Cameron’s writing, one that so intuitively spells out the intricacies of life through the eyes of a young, endearing boy. I became putty in his...more
The scenes between Cha...more
Like his other book, A Dog's Purpose, Cameron has written a book with...more
In this story Emory's Gift to Charlie is helping him forgive himself and others, improve his relationship with hi...more
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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
What’s not to love about an animal who will sit in your living room all day long, waiting for you to get home, and even if you need to work late and then stop for a stress-relieving beverage on your way home, when you unlock that front door, is absolutely overjoyed to see you? How could yo...more