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The Summer of the Bear by Bella Pollen
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Jun 19, 11

really liked it
bookshelves: finished
Read from May 28 to June 19, 2011

The Summer of the Bear by Bella Pollen is a very interesting story about a family dealing with the loss of the father in the family. The novel takes place on the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, in the summer of 1979.This story is told in alternating chapters by the members of the Fleming family and by the circus bear. Yes the bear in this story has thoughts. The circus bear escapes from his handler while swimming in the ocean. Georgie, the eldest daughter feels that she is responsible for the death of her father, Alba the middle child hates everyone, especially her younger brother Jamie. Jamie does not believe that his father is dead because his father promised to return, he thinks that his father was a spy and hopes that the bear, if he can find him, may be able to help him find out the truth. Other parts of the story are told in flashbacks mostly by the mother Letty and Georgie. Letty remembers how she and Nick met and Georgie about the time she went with her father to Germany.

A tense, engrossing story on the island that Letty grew up on and some of the local characters that live on the island. A very enjoyable read.

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05/28/2011 page 100
06/12/2011 page 312
100.0% "the ARC has more than 288 pages"
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