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...more
Truthfully, my opinion may be somewhat biased because I have recently ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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
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
The story is an enjoyable read about a young man whose feelings are probably similar to those of m ...more
Will review later...
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
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His father has withdrawn in his own grief and the two almost nev ...more
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