Synopses & Reviews
After 13-year-old Charlie Halls 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 very unusual bear will change Charlies life forever.
Deeply moving, and interwoven with hope and joy, Emorys Gift is not only heartwarming and charming coming of age story, but also a page-turning insightful look at how faith, trust, and unconditional love can heal a broken family and bridge the gaps that divide us.
"When Charlie Hall loses his mother at the age of 13, he feels adrift. His father is distant, and eighth grade isn't treating him well. That is until he has a chance encounter with a grizzly bear, who saves him from the jaws of a hungry cougar. The bear seems to understand Charlie's words and actions, and Charlie soon finds himself befriending the animal. When he writes his name 'Charlie' in the dirt, the bear replies by signing his own 'Emory.' What follows is an unbelievable tale of a bear with a message of universal love, a boy who finally rekindles love in his life, and a town brought together by a miracle. Cameron (A Dog's Purpose) replaces his trademark humor with schmaltz worthy of Kevin Alan Milne and other authors in the genre. The plot device itself the bear, Emory, who is supposedly a reincarnated Civil War soldier is laughably absurd. While Cameron conveys the challenges of adolescence, it's not enough to save this trite fable. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
W. Bruce Cameron is the New York Times bestselling author of A Dog's Purpose, A Dog's Journey, The Dogs of Christmas and 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, which was turned into the hit ABC series. He has twice received the National Society of Newspaper Columnists award for Best Humor Columnist and his weekly nationally syndicated column is published in more than fifty newspapers. He lives in California.