I don’t review everything I read, but sometimes I want to just share a little something. I read these books last month, on readathon day.
The Bear by Claire Cameron was published in February 2014 by Little Brown & Company. The story is told in the voice of five year old Anna, as she shares her story of a camping nightmare. Unbeknownst to her a violent black bear terrorizes their campsite and her parents during the night. She and her two year old brother are left alone, and she is responsible for getting them both to safety.
This is a fabulous read, a remarkable voice of young Anna, reminded me of Room by Emma Donoghue. Highly Recommend.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness was published by Walker Books in September 2011. I was given this arc by a beloved former book blogger and it has waited for a long time. I wasn’t quite sure what this book was about. Conor is a young man with a real trauma in his life, divorced parents and his mother undergoing treatment for cancer. The monster comes in his dreams and is so realistic, the monster leaves all sorts of real clues that he exists. The monster is there to get the truth from Conor, even though he really wants to keep everything buried inside. Keep the tissues handy. Highly recommend, and this one is for teens too.
Both these books are short, can be easily read in one sitting, and both worth the time. enjoy!!