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Emory's Gift

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  2,768 ratings  ·  449 reviews

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 ve

Hardcover, 359 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Forge
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jv poore
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As the 5 star rating indicates, I think this book is amazing. The central theme is about a 13 year old boy befriending a grizzly bear, only the bear (Emory) is more than an ordinary bear. Now, is that meant literally, or figuratively? Great question. The reader determines that.

The relationship that develops is bittersweet. Even in a novel, a grizzly bear just can't be a pet. As the impossibility of the situation becomes real, the friendship between boy and bear grows and blooms. This storyline
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely fantastic! I was a huge fan of "A Dog's Purpose," written by the same author, and I can say without reservation that this one is every bit as satisfying. I am always nervous when an author I like decides to go in a different direction like this, but "Emory's Gift" is proof in my eyes that this author has more stories to tell. Personally, I'll be reading W. Bruce Cameron novels as long as he writes them.

Truthfully, my opinion may be somewhat biased because I have recently
Peggy Tibbetts
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“Emory’s Gift” is an extraordinary story about a boy and a grizzly bear. At age thirteen, Charlie Hall’s life is in shambles. He watched his mother die a long, slow death from cancer, his dad is depressed, and he dreads the eighth grade. Charlie finds refuge from the despair and embarrassment of his life in the natural world that surrounds their isolated property in northern Idaho. One day while trout fishing in the creek Charlie is stalked by a hungry mountain lion when a grizzly bear comes to ...more
Jun 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fans of A Dog's Purpose may love this one even more! I was lucky enough to read the blockbuster "A Dog's Purpose" before it became a huge bestseller, and I guess now it's going to be movie from Dreamworks. Because of that, they let me read W. Bruce Cameron's newest novel early, and I have to say, though I'm a huge A Dog's Purpose fan, it's possible I loved this one even more. The unexpected plot twists kept me turning pages on this one long after I'd decided to put the book down for the night. I ...more
Jessica Kale
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
As a person that utterly loved A Dog's Purpose...I even named my new dog, Ellie, after the Ellie in the book...I hate to write this but...I was really disappointed with this book. From the first chapter I felt the story was so terribly sad. Charlie's relationship with his sad. As the book went on I kept on waiting for something really interesting to happen with Emory...and I didn't feel it. Even at the end I was sort of..."that's it?" I wanted to really enjoy this book but it just didn' ...more
Dee Walters
Aug 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Got this on my Nook because I'm such a huge fan of this author, and I think I loved this book even more! As a Christian, I love books (like the Narnia series) that explore the topic of God's Love through the magical world of animals. A Dog's Purpose touched on that theme, but this book takes the idea further. This story reads like a true fable, and you come away thrilled, entertained, and yet comforted from a spiritual perspective. I hope others who review it will be careful not to do plot spoil ...more
Laury Kerr
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just LOVE this book so much. I read it in 2 days, it was funny, sad, and made you wonder. I really didn't want it to end. ...more
Oct 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the second book of W. Bruce Cameron that I have read simultaneous to my 12 year old daughter's reading of the same book. We both loved A Dog's Purpose and worried that it would be a tough act to follow. This book did not disappoint. Both of us admitted to being reluctant to put the book down. Both of admitted that, on the same night, we had turned the lights off for the night and had to turn them back on -- to read just a little bit ore. Any reading that allows you to draw closer to your ...more
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to get a hold of an ARC of this amazing book. I was already a fan of A Dog's Purpose, and was nervous to read this because I wondered if I would like it as much as I had loved the other. I shouldn't have bothered to worry as this book is as good, and yet totally different from A Dog's Purpose. Mostly what I am left with is the spiritual profundity of this book's message. Not to plot spoil, but for me, this book is truly a Christian allegory, another way of seeing how messages ...more
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another W. Bruce Cameron book that I couldn't put down! This is the story of Charlie, a 13 year old boy, and a grizzly bear with extraordinary abilities. In a change from A Dog's Purpose and A Dog's Journey, this story is narrated by the boy, not told from the animal's perspective.
Charlie has some problems in his life. He recently lost his mother, communication with his father is non-existent, and he has problems at school. Then he meets Emory, a grizzly bear with "special" skills. When Emory
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys a quirky story
Shelves: read-2017
(Fiction Fantasy 2011) I borrowed this book from a friend a few months ago and took forever to get to it - my mistake! This book is delightful! "Thirteen-year-old Charlie's mother dies and his father retreats into silence." Set in 1974, northern Idaho, it is an amazing story of Charlie and his father coming to terms with the reality of death and the unreality of an amazing Grizzly Bear who helps him to find himself. To quote the cover, "not only a heartwarming and charming coming-of-age story, b ...more
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A young boy named Charlie loses his mother to cancer. He and his dad tiptoe around each other at home, unsure how to relate to each other. One day in the woods, Charlie finds himself face to face with a great big grizzly bear . . . . Then a miracle happens. To read my full review, visit ...more
Jun 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5

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
Cathe Fein Olson
Oct 09, 2011 rated it liked it
13-year-old Charlie, still grieving the loss of his mother, is having a hard time dealing with his uncommunicative father and the trials of being an 8th grade outcast. While out in the woods, he is befriended by a tame Grizzly Bear who claims to be a reincarnated civil war soldier with a message. When Charlie shelters the bear in his barn, things spiral out of control.

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
Aug 12, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a cute somewhat well written story. It's not the deepest plot, I'm not a huge fan of cute animal stories. However this was a pretty good one. A boy meets a bear who becomes his friend. The bear causes an uproar in the community. The boy also deals with his cold father who is dealing with the loss of his wife and the boys mother. I would recommend this for someone who enjoys books about animals and tear jerkers. ...more
Lynn Porter
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A whirlpool of vivid, wrenching emotions throws me into various truths as I release the last set held. This book will keep me conjecturing for many
many months.
Thank you.
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great coming of age novel. Universal appeal love this author .
Elsie Laming
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved the book, it was amazing!
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it!!!
Jenni DaVinCat
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. It's hard to describe, because it was exactly what I was expecting, but at the same time, had something different about it that I wasn't expecting. I've read A Dog's Journey and A Dog's Purpose and both had my in tears at numerous points. This book also hit me right in the feels, but in a different, and less heartbreaking sense. They were happier tears. Happy-closure tears.

As expected, this is a sentimental story dealing with a child and the animal he has bonded with. Resurr
I nearly gave it 2 stars since at points I felt like skipping through pages, but there were some sweet parts there. I know it's probably supposed to be a middle-grade type of book, but still a bit more could've been done with the book. I can deal with the simplistic and naive parts since it was supposed to be told from the point of an eighth grader, who sounded more like a ten-year-old, but that's OK bearing in mind that Charlie went through some serious trauma. However, there were some loose en ...more
Jackson Sennhenn
Feb 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
I read this book over the course of 2 weeks, as normally I do so in around a half a week. This book was long and slow, while it contained no full plots. They were all... Undecided. There just isn’t much I can say about this book. It didn’t stick with me like others.
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
I haven’t enjoyed or cried over a book in so long, but this was it. What a wonderful story. I picked this book because I love grizzly bears. This book does feature a bear, but it is such a wonderful, positive story. I will miss Emory in my world!
Sunshine Darby
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A page turner for sure; such a sweet story. The author does a nice job capturing the thoughts of a middle school boy. I loved this story and see that this author also wrote, A Dog's Purose which was turned into a movie. ...more
Camryn Strahm
It was a little boring.
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I felt like I was reading a YA novel and the I realized that a 13 year old boy is telling the story. I don't want to spoil the story but it did go a bit differently than I expected making it a little harder to decide what shelves to assign it.
Bottom line: Emory had an important message.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I didn't want the story to end. W. Bruce Cameron spins a sensitive almost believable tale about an adolescent boy and a grizzly bear named Emory. Definitely a great adventure! ...more
Victoria Ting
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thirteen-year-old Charlie Carter lives with his father on a road adjacent to a forest and a creek that are perfect for exploring. As the book begins, Charlie is still hurting over the recent death of his mother, feels unloved by a father who seldom speaks to him, and invisible at school where he's not in any of the in-groups. Then he meets a grizzly bear in the woods and everything begins to change.

The story is an enjoyable read about a young man whose feelings are probably similar to those of m
Shonna Froebel
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a magical novel of a few months in the life of a boy. Charlie Hall finds himself a boy with few friends the summer before he starts eighth grade. He lives out of town and with his mother dying earlier in the year, a divide has been created between him and the other boys. As Charlie wanders around the creek and woods near his home, he encounters a grizzly bear, a rarity in northern Idaho. This is not your usual grizzly bear. Charlie feels a connection to the bear and apparently the bear f ...more
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