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When a twelve-year-old wakes up as a human girl-instead of a bear-one cloudy morning, she embarks on a thrilling journey through both mortal and immortal mend her past, face her fears, and save all of the realms in which she treads.

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When a twelve-year-old wakes up as a human girl-instead of a bear-one cloudy morning, she embarks on a thrilling journey through both mortal and immortal mend her past, face her fears, and save all of the realms in which she treads.

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In a world inspired by Northwest Coast Native mythology, Cloud, born of a human mother and a First Peoples bear father, has always lived in bear form. When she suddenly and inexplicably wakes up human, her life starts spinning out of control. Her violent human stepfather, she learns, has killed and eaten her father and bear-brothers, and then unbalanced the world by binding her father's spirit. Now her bear-relatives' ghosts haunt her dreams, and her stepfather is after her blood. Fleeing for her life, Cloud begins a quest to free the ghosts, during which the First Peoples she encounters only fuel the rage threatening to consume her, and her life becomes a nightmare of horrifically brutal carnage. Only when Cloud accepts her true nature can she complete her quest and find a place for herself in her world. Do not be fooled by this book's seemingly middle school cover; its dark tale will better suit horror collections, as slogging through its endless charnel-house descriptions is not for the squeamish. In addition, Cloud's perpetual rage and despair might exhaust and agonize the reader. It is unfortunate because Bear Daughter is otherwise a brilliant book, tapping into the roots of primal myths in a realized-dream style reminiscent of Robert Holdstock. Good and evil cede significance to the true nature of living things and the vital importance of respect. Characters are multifaceted and flawed, and the lyrical prose-overflowing with authentic details of Native life-describes great beauties as well as chilling horrors. Recommend this one to lovers of intelligent horror. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P S A/YA (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Senior High,defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2005, Ace Books, 422p., $16 Trade pb. Ages 15 to Adult.
—Rebecca C. Moore
Library Journal
One morning, young Cloud awakens in the form of a human girl, shedding the bear shape she inherited from her true father. Determined to learn to live in her new body, Cloud struggles to fit into the life of Sandspit Town, but her mother's human husband, King Rumble, despises her and seeks her downfall. Cloud's flight from danger becomes a journey of self-discovery, leading her to the realization of what she must do to ensure the safety of the world and the people she has come to love. Drawing on the myths of the Native American tribes of the Pacific Northwest, Berman's first novel presents an appealing heroine and an intriguing world. A good choice for adult and YA fantasy collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441013227
  • Publisher: Ace Books
  • Publication date: 9/6/2005
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

An anthropologist by training, Judith Berman has published on myth, translation, and the history of anthropological research in a number of academic journals and books, and her translations of Native American myths and tales have been included in recent collections for the general public.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    Great Book

    You may see someones reveiw under or on top of mine that says


    Or something like that but as you read that reveiw, you see that some things are wrong. There is absolutely no one in this book named by Blush. That is only one og the very wrong things in that comment.

    Just giving you a heads up just so you know that that reveiow posted in 2008 MUST be talking about some other book. This book is a great book.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A delightfully imaginative fantasy

    One day Cloud wakes up to find she is a twelve year old human girl and no longer the bear she once was. Her mother Thrush is glad to see her daughter take human form but her husband King Rumble of Sandspit Town is horrified and banishes her from her mother¿s home. She goes to stay with Aunt Glory who tells her she must visit the seer Winter in Whale Town. Rumble tries to kill her and sends his wizard to make sure she never comes home again............... She makes her way to Winter and her husband the wizard Otter who tells her she is half mortal and half divine, a fact that scares her because her father is one of the First People who walked the Earth as a Bear who killed many people. Rumble who loved Thrush, Blush¿s mother, rescued her and killed her father and brothers and bound their bones together so they cannot be reborn. They cry out to Blush in her dreams and she undergoes many dangerous adventures to undo what Rumble has done and in the process accepts herself and her dual nature................. This is a delightfully imaginative world where magic exists and is used the way people in our world use machinery. The protagonist travels through many realms and sees wondrous sights but she doesn¿t have time to enjoy any of them because she is in constant danger and must keep on the move. Readers will empathize with her fears and hope she finds peace in a world that treats her like an outcast.................. Harriet Klausner

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