W. Bruce Cameron
August, 2011 \ ISBN 0765327813
Fiction / Teen / Young Adult
by Willie Elliott
Recently a large number of good novels for young adults seem to
be coming out, and W. Bruce Cameron's Emory's Gift is no
exception. After thirteen-year-old Charlie loses his mom and finds
little attention from his father, he makes an unusual friendship
with a grizzly bear.
Yes, the author asks the reader to believe such a friendship could
occur and that the bear could be the reincarnation of a Civil War
soldier, but he pulls it off. Because of these two facts, Charlie
has many adventures which he must deal with alone since his father
is emotionally absent.
These adventures make for good reading, but Charlie's quest to
obtain his father's attention and love make for more emotional reading.
This quest is secondary to the bear and how to protect it, but it
is always underneath all of the action of the book. When push comes
to shove about the fate of the bear, the father and son get on the
same emotional wavelength.
Young adult readers will enjoy the adventures of Charlie and Emory
and, in a positive or negative way, will relate to the emotional
separation of father and son. This should be a hit with junior high
school students - - especially boys in this age group. Although
targeted for young adults, this novel is suitable for adult reading