Gina.Jamie.Father.Bear. by George Ella Lyon

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Gina's mother has left the family. Jamie's too. And now their fathers are acting, well, weird.

In Cleveland, Gina's dad leaves home, each morning way too early for work. Deep in the woods -- is it near, is it far? -- Jamie's Da must hunt such a distance from their cottage that his children never see him in daylight.

Hurt by what they are losing and afraid of what they might find, Gina and Jamie set out to follow their fathers -- she down I-77, he down a path where Da's tracks soon give way to a bear's. They tell their stories by turns, unaware of each other till those stories turn them face-to-face.

What happens then is astonishing, beautiful -- out of this world.

Or is it?


About George Ella Lyon

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George Ella Lyon's first novel, Borrowed Children, won the Golden Kite Award. Her most recent novel, for somewhat older readers, is With a Hammer for My Heart. She is well known as an author of nineteen picture books and A Wordful Child, an autobiography, and as a frequently anthologized poet. Her book, Where I'm From: Where Poems Come From (A New York Public Library Best Book for Teens), is used in workshops for young poets around the country. She lives with her family in Lexington, Kentucky.
Published September 1, 2002 by Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books. 144 pages
Genres: Children's Books. Fiction

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In alternating chapters, Gina and Jamie slowly nerve themselves to follow their parents, and make shocking discoveries: Gina’s meets a woman (though not for what she thinks), and Jamie’s becomes a huge, white bear.

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In this finely drawn tale, Lyon (Borrowed Children) weaves parallel story lines into a novel of uncommon beauty that incorporates the mysterious bonds between parents and children, love and legend.

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