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Bearstone (Bearstone #1)

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  487 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
A Dramatic Tale of Grizzlies and Gold
Fourteen-year-old Cloyd Atcitty has been skipping school for years. He's run away from a group home for Native American boys, and is now being sent to work for Walter Landis, an old rancher on an isolated Colorado farm.
In a cave above the ranch, Cloyd finds a turquoise carving of a bear. Knowing that his people, the Utes, have a spe
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 1989)
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Oct 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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 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
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a unique bildungsroman novel. The protagonist, a troubled thirteen year old Ute Indian, is sent to live with a grieving widowed elderly man who at heart is a miner but who has farmed for the last forty years of his life. It doesn't seem like this novel would hold much appeal for middle school boys because the challenges of a displaced Native Indian boy may be difficult to understand. However, there is plenty of action. What appealed most to me was the sensitive handling and honoring of d ...more
Tara Piña
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
this book is okay, what I did like is it takes place in my hometown and I like Cloyd and Walter's relationship. what I didn't like was that it was pieced together strangely to me. I also am not big into this genre. might be a good read for someone who like outdoors
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it
it was okay.
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adventure
Its hard to bare in mind while reading a book for YA, that Geez, I was that stupid, foolish, childish, brave and adventurous. Bearstone by Hobbs, was excellent.
This will be a great read aloud for 4th graders. And of course the narrator is phenomenal. I truly enjoy George Guidall.
Evan R.
Apr 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 26, 2011 rated it liked it
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
May 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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Chris’s Rating: 3 Stars
Cloyd, an impulsive troubled Native American teen, is taken to live with an elderly man (for a summer) in the mountains where his ancestors dwelt. Walter, something between a miner and a farmer who is getting on in years tries to help Cloyd, but differences of culture seem to keep getting in the way. They have ups and downs in their relationship, especially when Rusty (an outfitter who loves to hunt bear) is around. Both are lonely. Both need t
Jul 27, 2011 added it
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
May 17, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Dec 09, 2012 added it
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
Tommy Marsh
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Sharon Skinner
May 23, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Jun 18, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Mar 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
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
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+.
Marika Gillis
Cloyd is a troubled kid who hasn't been able to make life work for him on a group home for Native American boys so he is being sent to live with Walter Landis, a rancher in Colorado. Of course, the two characters eventually forge a strong connection but Cloyd just cannot seem to let down his guard and allow love to enter his life.

Will Hobbs has written a bunch of books for kids but this is only my second. After reading Bearstone, I prefer Kokopelli's Flute but would read more by Hobbs.
May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 10, 2008 added it
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!
Rebecca Einstein
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tweens
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.
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
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.
Dec 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: must-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.
Mar 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-novels
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.
Mar 18, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Powerful, introspective (?) story of an angry 13 year old boy, Cloyd (no mom, dad a shell of a man, can't read) who comes to live with Walter, an elderly, recently widowed rancher, and slowly learns to trust and love. Coming of Age story
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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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