Synopses & Reviews
Ten-year-old Jonathan practically lives at the Anchorage Zoo, where his father is a keeper. He loves animals, and even imagines himself inside their bodies, seeing what they see, feeling what they feel.
Meanwhile, a young brown bear is wandering through the woods near Anchorage, alone and hungry. One night, while searching for food, the bear crosses paths with Jonathan, who eagerly follows him onto the zoo grounds.
But when the bear accidentally kills Mama Goose, Jonathans favorite zoo creature, the boy loses the empathy he had felt earlier. He wishes that the bearnow nicknamed Troublewould meet the same fate as his beloved goose, and he impulsively takes steps to make sure that happens.
Based on an actual incident, and told in alternating chapters from the bears and Jonathans points of view, this is both an involving animal story and a thought-provoking investigation into the consequences of ones actions.
Based on an actual incident, and told in alternating chapters from the points of view of a bear and a boy, this is both an involving animal story and a thought-provoking investigation into the consequences of one's actions.
About the Author
Marion Dane Bauer was born in Oglesby, Illinois River Valley. After graduating form a local junior college, she attended the University of Missouri and studied journalism. Ms. Bauer is active in the Minneapolis children's book community and teaches fiction writing to young adults. On My Honor was named a Newbery Honor Book in 1987. Ms. Bauer is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and has two grown children, a son and a daughter. She lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.