Dreaming the Bear by Mimi Thebo

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While the wrongness of habituating wild bears to people is emphasized, the full inevitable tragedy is trivialized into humancentric empowerment. A romanticized and often implausible story of human and wild that doesn’t do justice to either.
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A vivid sense of the wilderness and nature’s power comes through in this intriguing and tension-filled YA novel narrated by a contemporary teen. Perfect for animal lovers, this unusual novel has hints of the quirky charm of Geek Girl and the emotional depth of The Last Leaves Falling.
 
Darcy’s dad, a naturalist, moves their family from England to the snowy wilderness of Yellowstone National Park. Mum, Dad, and older brother Jem are all thriving, but Darcy misses her friends, and civilization, including WiFi. She’s also sick, getting weaker with each day, and having strange dreams—or are they something else?
 
Then she finds an injured mother bear whose cubs were killed by hunters. The bear is enormous, and powerful, but she doesn’t threaten Darcy—she makes Darcy feel alive. The bear needs Darcy just as much as Darcy needs her. Darcy must help her, even though she might not be well enough to take care of the bear, let alone herself.
 
A mystery illness, shifting points of view, and dreamlike sequences make this an unusual and immersive story. Darcy is brave and resourceful, but nothing has prepared her to confront nature’s ultimate question: Can a girl and a wild bear triumph over the basic rule of survival: kill or be killed?
 

About Mimi Thebo

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Mimi Thebo, an American of Cajun descent, is from Lawrence, Kansas. She now lives with her husband and daughter in Somerset, England, where she is a professor of creative writing at Bath Spa University. She has worked as a copywriter, a cowgirl, and a waitress, and now holds one of the first Ph.D.s in creative writing.From the Trade Paperback edition.
 
Published April 11, 2017 by Wendy Lamb Books. 176 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Below average
on Feb 01 2017

While the wrongness of habituating wild bears to people is emphasized, the full inevitable tragedy is trivialized into humancentric empowerment. A romanticized and often implausible story of human and wild that doesn’t do justice to either.

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