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Summary: As the book opens, the story recounts the challenges and dangers that Lusa, Toklo, and Kallik experienced on their journey to Great Bear Lake. The group had hoped the gods would help them in their search for new habitat. In their journey, each bear experiences his/her own unique set of challenges, adventures, heart break and joy while searching for a new home. This is the second book in the Seekers trilogy.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, independent reading, middle grade reader, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a special book that should find a place in the heart, soul, and bookshelf of most adolescents. It can be easily identified by wrinkled pages, chocolate finger prints on the cover, and a willingness to share it with anyone.
Pros: This is an informative and enjoyable book that will capture and keep an adolescent’s interest. The characters are engaging and the stories are believable. They also provide lots of discussion questions about habitat and global warming.
Cons: The author uses three independent and parallel stories to tell the stories. This is a unique and interesting device. Some readers could have trouble catching on to the device and lose interest.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a first-class work as a stand-alone story, much less as part of a trilogy. It is a treasure trove of environmental and habitat issues that can engage adolescents in group discussions on the impact of global warming.
Educational Themes: This book is an adventure story. It is also about bears, habitat, global warming and environmental issues. Readers will enjoy the adventures the three bears experience and appreciate the impact of environmental change on all species.
Literary Categories: Fiction - adventure, fantasy, animal stories, series book
Date(s) Reviewed: May 2009
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