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Emory's Gift by W. Bruce Cameron
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Sep 11, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: for-kids, first-reads, ya-books-worth-my-time

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Read. Therefore, there is no back of the book to inform me what I'm about to read. I have never heard of the author, not had I read his other book. I simply chose this book as I do all books, by the cover image :)

I blew through this book. Partly because it's not very long, but mostly because I loved it. It's a completely fictional work with a happy ending. I enjoyed it as an adult, but I can also see it being the kind of book you would read to younger ones as well. It's not childish, though. Not a Mr. Popper's Penguins type of story, even though the plot is as far fetched. It's not written in a made-for-children tone.

This book is about a bear and a boy, essentially. The boy, Charlie Hall, is struggling with tragedy at home and he meets a bear who changes his life. The tone of the book lines you up as Charlie's peer. In some ways, his only friend and confidant. Giving you play-by-play thought processes of an 8th grade boy. The author does a great job of spelling out boy thought. I giggled more than once at the way Charlie sees the world, and love, and life.

The way Cameron chose to end his story surprised me a lot. The whoooooole book, we are Charlie's friend. Being fed his inner most thoughts. And trusting him, when the world isn't. Then, the author decides to end the book with grown-up Charlie sort of dancing around the idea that maybe in some way, none of it was true. Sort of one last jerk to see if we really believe him :) I almost gasped. "Oh no you didn't!" ran through my thoughts.

I loved the book :)


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Reading Progress

September 11, 2011 – Started Reading
September 11, 2011 – Shelved
September 12, 2011 –
page 30
8.36% "Just started reading my advanced copy that I won in the First Reads giveaway. I am already loving it just by the author's writing style. Although, I'm having flash-backs to Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. Already saw some typos too, am I supposed to send it back with red circles in it? Lol."
September 15, 2011 –
page 30
8.36% ""I was sort of big on the idea of marriage... You married a girl and she was yours forever; there was even a law about it." Lol oh, the minds of little boys.."
September 18, 2011 – Finished Reading
September 20, 2011 – Shelved as: for-kids
September 23, 2011 – Shelved as: first-reads
November 11, 2014 – Shelved as: ya-books-worth-my-time

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