Bear Market

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While volunteering at the local zoo, Robyn, Nick and Trevor learn that grizzly bears are being poached and their gall bladders removed for use in alternative medicine. Always ready to solve a mystery, the kids set out to find the poachers. Bear is not only big game, they learn, but big money to poachers. The stakes are high and the suspects many, as the kids head into their most dangerous adventure yet.
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Overview

While volunteering at the local zoo, Robyn, Nick and Trevor learn that grizzly bears are being poached and their gall bladders removed for use in alternative medicine. Always ready to solve a mystery, the kids set out to find the poachers. Bear is not only big game, they learn, but big money to poachers. The stakes are high and the suspects many, as the kids head into their most dangerous adventure yet.
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Editorial Reviews

Tacoma School District #10
"A combination of twists and turns, with an encounter with a bear and a conservation theme, makes this a good addition to a fiction collection."
CM Magazine
"A fast-paced story filled with interesting facts about bears, poaching, and animal rights activism…The camaraderie established among the three friends in this story is appealing, and the humourous quips between them are some of the best dialogue in the book…A solid addition to the "Orca Currents" library and is an appealing choice for mystery fans. Recommended."
CD Syndicated
"A really catchy read. Sure, there's the suspense element, but just reading the nuts and bolts about how her characters talk is oddly fascinating…The joy of Bear Market is just how forthright and sincere a read it is. The book captures the tween/teen energies of today's kids in a way I haven't read before."
Children's Literature - Amanda MacGregor
Thirteen-year-old friends Nick, Trevor, and Robyn decide to investigate when they learn that bears are being poached. Robyn, who volunteers at the local zoo, is able to get inside information on the bear killings. A veterinarian informs them that it appears the bears are being poached for their gall bladders, which fetch a large sum in alternative medicine circles. When the kids learn that Neil, the zoologist, has a system to track bears, they figure it could help them catch the poachers, or in the wrong hands, could lead poachers straight to the bears. Everyone becomes a suspect as the friends follow their leads. Through careful observation, clues, and luck, they are able to make progress on the case in ways the actual authorities cannot. As they near the end of their trail, they are surprised when they learn who is behind the poaching. From the "Orca Currents" series, the story is a quick read filled with fast-paced if somewhat implausible action. The fifth in a series of mysteries starring Nick, Trevor, and Robyn, the title can be read alone. The interesting perspectives from characters on animal rights, hunting, and conservation give weight to the slim plot. Reviewer: Amanda MacGregor
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554692200
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Series: Orca Currents Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Michele Martin Bossley was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but grew up in Calgary, Alberta. Her sixth grade teacher encouraged her to write down the stories she enjoyed creating, but it wasn't until high school that Michele really began to consider writing as a career. She graduated from the University of Calgary in 1991, and began working seriously on writing children's books.

Michele is the author of eighteen novels for young people. Ten of her books have been chosen by the Canadian Children's Book Centre for the Our Choice list. Others have been nominated for the Manitoba and Alberta Reader's Choice Award, and she was runner-up for the 1997 Writer's Guild of Alberta R. Ross Annett Children's Literature award.

Many of Michele's books focus on different sports. As a former athlete, she was involved in synchronized swimming in her teens and competitive swimming in university. She has also coached young swimmers, in addition to coaching her twin sons' soccer and hockey teams, and draws on much of that experience for her books.

A frequent speaker at writing conferences and schools, Michele divides her time between writing and parenting her four sons. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.

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The skinny dude looked frightened. "I think my boot's stuck," he whimpered.

The bear took another swipe, this time catching the edge of the guy's jeans. They tore easily. The bear grunted deep in his chest. Now the terror stood out on the skinny dude's face.

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  • Posted June 13, 2010

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

    Hunting is popular with some, but most who hunt do so for the sport and end up making use of the animals they kill for food and the occasional mounted trophy. This is not true of poachers. They are out for one thing and one thing only - MONEY!

    Robyn, Nick, and Trevor are amateur sleuths, and when they hear about the discovery of an unexplained dead bear in a nearby woods, they are on the case. The odd thing about the bear's remains is that its gall bladder is missing. It appears that the killer had expert knowledge about the anatomy of bears because the gall bladder was removed very carefully.

    Being interested in the environment and the survival of endangered animals, the three teens are anxious to find out who is responsible for the senseless killing. Using their observation skills and boldly asking questions, they track down three men from Virginia who seem to be likely suspects. Little do they know that when they begin digging deeper, they will find a very unlikely person connected to the crime.

    BEAR MARKET is a fast-paced, who-dun-it type story. At just over 100 pages, it is excellent for reluctant readers. The subject matter involving illegal hunting and the preservation of endangered animals should also appeal to readers looking for a quick read.

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