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Journey of the Pale Bear
by Susan Fletcher




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"A lovely little miracle of a book." --Katherine Applegate, Newbery Medal-winning author of The One and Only Ivan
" A] large-hearted and riveting medieval adventure." --William Alexander, National Book Award-winning author of Goblin Secrets
"A breathtaking adventure." --Kirby Larson, Newbery Honor--winning author of Hattie Big Sky

A runaway boy befriends a polar bear that's being transported from Norway to London in this "stupendous coming-of-age tale stuffed with adventure" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

The polar bear is a royal bear, a gift from the King of Norway to the King of England. The first time Arthur encounters the bear, she terrifies him. Yet, strangely, she doesn't harm him--though she has attacked anyone else who comes near. So Arthur finds himself taking care of a polar bear on a ship to England.

Tasked with feeding and cleaning up after the bear, Arthur's fears slowly lessen as he begins to feel a connection to this bear, who like him, has been cut off from her family. But the journey holds many dangers, and Arthur knows his own freedom--perhaps even his life--depends on keeping the bear from harm. When pirates attack, Arthur must make a choice--does he do everything he can to save himself, or does he help the bear to find freedom?

Based on the real story of a polar bear that lived in the Tower of London, this timeless adventure story thoughtfully looks at the themes of freedom, captivity, and the bond between a boy and a bear.

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Overview

"A lovely little miracle of a book." --Katherine Applegate, Newbery Medal-winning author of The One and Only Ivan
" A] large-hearted and riveting medieval adventure." --William Alexander, National Book Award-winning author of Goblin Secrets
"A breathtaking adventure." --Kirby Larson, Newbery Honor--winning author of Hattie Big Sky

A runaway boy befriends a polar bear that's being transported from Norway to London in this "stupendous coming-of-age tale stuffed with adventure" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

The polar bear is a royal bear, a gift from the King of Norway to the King of England. The first time Arthur encounters the bear, she terrifies him. Yet, strangely, she doesn't harm him--though she has attacked anyone else who comes near. So Arthur finds himself taking care of a polar bear on a ship to England.

Tasked with feeding and cleaning up after the bear, Arthur's fears slowly lessen as he begins to feel a connection to this bear, who like him, has been cut off from her family. But the journey holds many dangers, and Arthur knows his own freedom--perhaps even his life--depends on keeping the bear from harm. When pirates attack, Arthur must make a choice--does he do everything he can to save himself, or does he help the bear to find freedom?

Based on the real story of a polar bear that lived in the Tower of London, this timeless adventure story thoughtfully looks at the themes of freedom, captivity, and the bond between a boy and a bear.

 

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  • ISBN-13: 9781534420786
  • ISBN-10: 1534420789
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publish Date: October 2019
  • Page Count: 320
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12
  • Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.55 pounds


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