Monday, December 17, 2018

Journey of the Pale Bear by Susan Fletcher - ESSENTIAL

Journey of the Pale Bear by Susan Fletcher, 280 pages. Margaret K McElderry Books (Simon & Schuster), 2018. $16.99.

Language: G (0 swears, 0 'f'); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG. 



It's 1252 and the king of Norway is sending a great ice bear as a gift to the king of England. Arthur, 12yo,  has run away from home, and when faced with the caged bear (a couple of sailors stuff him into its cage when he steals some meat from them) he makes a remarkable connection. Now, he is working on the ship that is transporting the bear and seems to be the only one she trusts. But the journey is fraught with danger, for both boy and beast. 

The high seas, pirates, shipwrecks, the middle ages, a polar bear - what's not to love in this great adventure novel! Susan Fletcher is a masterful storyteller taking historical information and weaving it into a rich reading experience. I want to visit the Tower of London, sail on a Norwegian ship and scratch a polar bear behind the ears - wait! I think I just did. My middle school boys are going to snatch this one up! 

Lisa Librarian

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