Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Good Bear by Sarah Lean & illustrated by Fiona Woodcock

The Good Bear is a powerful story of trust, unusual friendships and understanding.

Twelve-year-old Thea travels to Norway to spend Christmas with her father and his family.  Leaving her mother and everything familiar behind, Thea must learn that Christmas is not about the traditions, what you do or what you eat, but about being together and accepting each other despite differences. Thea feels like an outsider in her father’s new life and longs to spend time with him – for him to understand her. When this doesn’t happen, she runs off into the woods. It is here that Thea meets the most unlikely friend – a bear who is on the run from years of captivity and torture. Thea’s relationship with the bear teaches her about what is important in life. The magic and wonder of the bear is natural and so beautiful. Through their connection, Thea learns that what we wish for might not always be what we need.

This is a wonderful story for middle grade readers longing to escape into adventure and the strength of nature. Inside these pages, there is a chance to find friendship and an understanding that we don’t need to face new situations alone. Someone is always there.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster Children’s UK for this powerful story!

Click on the cover below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

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