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There Will Be Bears

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  540 ratings  ·  138 reviews
Tyson is determined to hunt an elk — even if it means sneaking his grandpa out of a nursing home — in a debut novel sparked with dry wit and wilderness adventure.

Thirteen-year-old Tyson loves hanging out with his roughneck Grandpa Gene, who’s a lot more fun than Tyson’s ex–best friend, Brighton. These days, Bright just wants to be seen with the cool jocks who make fun of T
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by Candlewick Press
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Ryan Gebhart Hi Christine,

BEARS does not have sexual content, though there are moments of foul language (mostly from Gramps), and moments of choice language from…more
Hi Christine,

BEARS does not have sexual content, though there are moments of foul language (mostly from Gramps), and moments of choice language from Tyson and his peers. It does contain graphic imagery of killing and field dressing an elk, so I believe that should be taken into consideration when recommending the book. It's a middle grade novel, intended for 5th-8th graders.



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Ryan Gebhart
Jul 26, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: i-wrote-this
I wrote this book. It's about getting older, best friends, and a bear. It's pretty incredible, ngl.
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-in-2014, ya
This YA winner is unique among the crowded YA aisle because, at the tender age of 13, its protagonist, Tyson, longs to hunt elk and bear with his grandfather in the worst way. Yes, there are a few more familiar angles added in -- estrangement from his best-friend-not-quite-forever, Brighton, arguments with an annoying younger sister, and a budding romantic interest with a girl named Karen , but Karen is from Texas and hunts herself, so really that's about as close to formula as you get.

Tyson's g
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids-stuff
I suppose if I'm going to go and give a book that so many other people rated so highly all of two stars I should probably explain why.

One star is for the title and the cover. Excellent design and really, how often do you get references to either John Updike or Daniel Day Lewis in juvenile fiction?

The other star is for the first page. The first page was fantastic. Full of humor, suspense and a great first person voice. If only I'd quit reading at that point.

What's my gripe you ask? That would be
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever been on a roller coaster that doesn't look so good, but once you get on, you feel like it's the best decision you've made in your entire life? Well, that's basically what this book makes you feel like. It has a loveable main character that you can relate to in at least one way. Along the way, it feels like the characters in the book have become your friends. There's a plot twist in the book that teaches you a serious life lesson: simply because a person is different, doesn't mean t ...more
Kim McGee
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cute story of the bond between a man who is nearing the end of his life and wants to go out with a bang and the grandson who just wants more time with Grandpa. Hemingway-ish Grandpa is dying and is transferred to an assisted living facility that is everything he is not so the two hatch a plan to spring Grandpa from the facility and go big game hunting. The only thing wrong with this idea - mom and dad don't know about it and "There Will Be Bears". Great for every kid who has a special connection ...more
Jen Downey
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
From beginning to end, the pages of this book held me in a painfully hilarious Bear Swear of a captivated squeeze. I did not want to escape! The author has in NO WAY forgotten what it is like to be a kid! In this case, one coping with fair-weather friends, the vagaries of adult decision-making, the need to be one's self even when that's not guaranteed to bring the girls running, not to mention the specter of death. There were bears! Scary beautiful horrible unavoidable breath-taking bears.
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: st-als, juvenile, 2017
This book started out so strong, and then, meh. I was promised bears, but 3/4 of the way through there still weren't any. It eventually lives up to its name, but not soon enough for me.
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this! Great story about a boy and his grandfather and a coming of age story about what it takes to be a man.
Sara Grochowski
In Ryan Gebhart's debut MG novel, THERE WILL BE BEARS, 13-year old Tyson can't wait for the elk hunting trip he and his grandfather have been planning. Tyson will finally get to go hunting and spend a weekend in the wilderness with Gramps, who's hands down the coolest grandfather around. Shortly after he and Gramps guzzle prune juice (to clean out their systems in preparation for the trip), his parents break the news: the hunting trip is cancelled. To make matters worse, Gramps is sick and being ...more
Rebecca Petruck
Kids are incredibly intuitive. Though adults try to shield them, and rightly so, from adult worries, kids know when something is wrong. When they are little, kids trust their adults, partly because they have no choice. But as those kids begin to transition into adulthood, they lose patience for the constant “protection.” Gebhart captures this period in every new teen’s life with the kind of painful realism that took me back to my own early years. We see Tyson’s anger at being “lied” to, his fear ...more
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this hilarious by Ryan Gebhart, 13 year old Tyson is planning to go on a hunting trip with his grandfather who he calls Gramps. Starting the story we have Tyson and Gramps sitting at a table with a gallon of prune juice. "For good luck we need to prune and watch Jeopardy! Once we finish Jeopardy! That is the only time we may go to the bathroom".
Thirteen-year-old Tyson is disappointed to learn that he and his grandfather won't be going on a much-anticipated hunting trip. After he realizes just how ill the man is, he understands the reason for that decision. But even though the old man is now living in a nursing home, he has something up his sleeve. The secret trip the two take to Wyoming will be his final hurrah as well as give Tyson a chance to prove himself. Although the book does contain descriptions of the wilderness and hunting, it ...more
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Based on the cover, I expected to hate this book. I'm not a huge fan of hunting, and the cover made me think it would be strictly about hunting and wilderness adventures. I picked up the ARC because I figured fans of Hatchet in my classes may like it. I was so surprised to find that I liked it - a lot! The first person narration makes it really easy to get right into the story. Additionally, Tyson, the protagonist, is a very likable kid. He is flawed, and that's why I liked him so much. While th ...more
Robin Herrera
The uproarious tale of Tyson, who loves bears, Taylor Swift, and his gramps, and who just wants to go hunting with his grandpa like he's been promised his whole life. When his grandpa is moved to an elderly home, Tyson's dreams look like they're fizzling out. Luckily – or unluckily – Grandpa's on Tyson's side.

This book is entirely quote-worthy. I liked how Tyson didn't act like many other 13-year-old boys you read about. He unabashedly loves Taylor Swift (singing her lyrics, knowing tons of triv
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is a roaring, bear, good time! I read it in a matter of a few short hours. It was that fun to read. I loved Tyson and Grandpa Gene. They were like Starsky and Hutch. They made a entertaining, good pair. The "pruning scene" was funny. I have drank prune juice before but never a full jug of it. I can imagine the horror and pain that Tyson and his grandfather were in on top of the white throne. Of course, I can not write my review without mentioning the hunt. It did not disappoint me. The ...more
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, kindle, middle-grade
This book has such a fantastic voice--full of humor, but also true to the struggles kids like Tyson face as they moves between the worlds of childhood and adulthood. There's also plenty of action, as Tyson and his BFF (who also happens to be his grandfather) undertake a secret hunting trip into the territory of a ferocious grizzly bear.

I loved their relationship, Tyson's witty comments throughout, and his insistence on the awesomeness of Taylor Swift, even as it became uncool for him to like he
Adrienne Amborski
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-titles
Well written, especially appealing for middle grade to junior high boys facing the changes that can occur in friendships when elementary friends move on. Nice to see a book for boys that addresses this common part of growing up. Quirky thirteen year old Tyson loves bears. When his beloved grandfather faces a health is decided that Tyson and the grandfather will go out on an elk hunt. But watch out, a man eating grizzly is on the loose. What will happen to Tyson and Gene in the great ...more
Penny Peck
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-ya
Need something to recommend to fans of Gary Paulsen's HATCHET? This is a refreshingly honest "boy" tween novel, with Tyson describing a hunting trip with his gramps. There is a lot of depth - gramps needs to live in a nursing home, and Tyson is having trouble dealing with the change. This doesn't glorify guns or hunting but demonstrates respect for animals. A memorable, emotional adventure story.
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a great coming of age book for boys. Tyson loves his gramps, but he doesn't realize how sick he is becoming right before their big elk hunt. Bright, Tyron's best friend is duping him left and right to be cool. It is a fast read for struggling readers and I think the boys will connect to Tyson easily.
Karen Meno
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Middle school boys will love this book! Action, adventure and a boy trying to figure out this whole growing up thing. Loved it!
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eighth grader, Tyson, who has a very close relationship with his grandfather, negotiates his way from being a boy into young adulthood. The relationships he has with his best friend and family members are changing, and he's interested in the new girl in school. He also wants to fulfill his lifelong desire to hunt with his grandfather now that he's almost a man, and prove that he has what it takes. This story is filled with heartfelt, funny and adventurous moments that are surprisingly action-pac ...more
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary-ya
Although I liked Tyler's relationship with his grandfather and it's always nice to see an unconventional storyline (in this case, a hunting trip), there was too much that fell flat. I didn't find Tyler's relationships with his sister or best friend nearly as genuine. Too many times in the story that I had to suspend disbelief. I kept reading because it was a quick read and I hoped it would improve.
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Is it ever OK to lie? This story provides a platform for that discussion, and almost had me believing there are often circumstances in which it could be forgiven. It took a couple chapters to get me interested, but the suspense, humor, and realistic struggles with family (including an aging grandparent) and friends were woven together into a story I couldn't put down.
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
A pretty short book aimed at about a middle grade level (which I wasn't expecting). While the writing was interesting, the unrealistic, annoying actions of just about every character in the book kinda ruined it.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
Random book I picked up from the library. I enjoyed it. Kind of a coming of age story with a boy hunting with his grandfather and a grizzly bear that doesn't kill him.
Aug 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Solid. But the promise of bears took way too long to be fulfilled.
Ms. Yingling
Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Tyson has some trouble concentrating, but only on certain things, like school. His best friend Brighton prefers to hang out with his new football playing friends, so that's difficult as well. Playing video games is easy, as is hanging around with his grandpa Gene. Tyson and his grandfather are preparing a hunting trip for Tyson's 13th birthday. They intend to go out into the wilderness with a guide, shoot an elk, and have Tyson field dress it. When Gene goes into a nursing home that is a couple ...more
Bluerose's  Heart
Apr 03, 2014 rated it liked it
There was so much I hated about this book. So much! The rest I adored, though!

What did I hate?

Well, when a book has any of the 4 “b” words, it pretty much loses me and this book has all four. (( Boogers, boobs, boy parts/"balls" and bodily functions))

Also, there’s hunting and *detailed* field dressing. I’m highly sensitive to these things. When the elk was shot and in pain, I had to close to book to avoid an emotional breakdown. Sure. I’ll wait while you roll your eyes! ;) Seriously, though, it
Jun Park
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In the book There Will Be Bears by Ryan Gebhart, Tyson, who is the main character of the story, struggles with life as his grandpa, his relative, who eventually moves away from the family to a nursing home. Tyson’s grandpa had promised to take him out for hunting, but his health problem keeps grandpa from hunting with Tyson. At school, he faces embarrassment, drama, and a long friendship that’s about to break up.
There Will Be Bears by Ryan Gebhart has personally connected to me when I read abo
Jan 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I'll admit it: I purchased There Will Be Bears solely because of its title/cover. It sat on my desk for a while and I doubted I'd ever read it because, to be frank, it didn't look any good at all. Then I picked it up and the first chapter was just about what I had expected - something kinda funny, a tad ridiculous, nothing special, but I read on.

After a few more chapters I could tell this book wasn't going to be as lighthearted and silly as I had expected but I wasn't sure if I wanted to carry
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Ryan Gebhart was born and raised in Maumee Ohio and graduated from Ohio University with a master's degree in Spanish (he can hablar some español like a boss). His debut middle grade There Will Be Bears, about getting older, best friends, and a bear, is a selected title for seven state reading lists. His debut young adult Of Jenny and the Aliens, about first love and discovering that we're not alon ...more
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