Bearstone

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A Dramatic Tale of Grizzlies and Gold
Fourteen-year-old Cloyd Atcitty has been skipping school for years. He's run away from a group home for Native American boys, and is now being sent to work for Walter Landis, an old rancher on an isolated Colorado farm.
In a cave above the ranch, Cloyd finds a turquoise carving of a bear. Knowing that his people, the Utes, have a special relationship with bears, he keeps the small stone, hoping it will ...

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Overview

A Dramatic Tale of Grizzlies and Gold
Fourteen-year-old Cloyd Atcitty has been skipping school for years. He's run away from a group home for Native American boys, and is now being sent to work for Walter Landis, an old rancher on an isolated Colorado farm.
In a cave above the ranch, Cloyd finds a turquoise carving of a bear. Knowing that his people, the Utes, have a special relationship with bears, he keeps the small stone, hoping it will bring him strength. A terrible blow-up with Walter ends in near disaster, but the old man offers Cloyd one last chance: they'll ride together into the mountains to reopen Walter's abandoned gold mine. Among the high peaks that harbor Colorado's last grizzlies, Cloyd's courage and loyalty will be tested to the limit.

A troubled Indian boy goes to live with an elderly rancher whose caring ways help the boy become a man.

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Editorial Reviews

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School Library Journal, starred review Far above other coming-of-age stories.

Voice of Youth Advocates, 5Q 5P review Bearstone is destined to achieve the status of Hinton's Tex.... This story has something for everyone....

School Library Journal

Starred review. Far above other coming-of-age stories.

Voice of Youth Advocates

Bearstone is destined to achieve the status of Hinton's Tex.... This story has something for everyone....

Children's Literature
This is the paperback edition of a wonderful story about a troubled, young Native American boy coming of age. Cloyd Atcitty is fourteen and totally miserable. In hopes of helping him turn his life around, his parents send him to work for the summer for an old farmer named Walter Landis. The farm is near Durango, Colorado, and Cloyd, for the first time, experiences the beauty of the mountains. Quite by accident he discovers a small turquoise carving of a bear that he keeps because his people, the Utes, consider bears to be a source of strength. Things seem to work well for awhile, but soon Cloyd's anger and hurt lead to a great confrontation with Walter. Fortunately, Walter agrees to give Cloyd a second chance and they go into the mountains to reopen Walter's long abandoned gold mine. When Walter is badly hurt, Cloyd realizes how much he owes Walter and that he can begin to "Live in a good way" as his grandmother always told him he should. Hobbs really knows the area and the culture of its native people. Readers are sure to be drawn to his many other adventure stories, including Beardance and Downriver. 2004 (orig. 1989), Aladdin Paperbacks, Ages 10 to 14.
—Sylvia Firth
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689870712
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 8/24/2004
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 277,245
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Will Hobbs is the award-winning author of many popular adventure stories for young readers, including Bearstone and Beardance. His picture book, Beardream, illustrated by Jill Kastner, is a companion to these novels. Seven of his novels have been chosen by the American Library Association as Best Books for Young Adults. A graduate of Stanford University and former language arts teacher, he lives in Durango, Colorado, with his wife, Jean. Longtime backpackers and river runners, they have spent many years exploring the mountain and canyon settings of Will's stories.
To learn more about the author and his books, visit Will's Web site at www.WillHobbsAuthor.com.

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Chapter One


Cloyd stood a step from the door of the hospital room. His father was in that room. "Are you sure you have to see him in person to deliver those flowers?" the nurse asked.

"They won't pay me unless I deliver them in person."

Cloyd didn't think it would work if he told her who he was. He had run away from the Ute group home in Colorado and hitched all the way to Window Rock, Arizona, to find his father. That's where the Navajos kept the records about everyone in the whole tribe, and there he found out that yes, there was a Leeno Atcitty, and his address was listed as the Indian Health Service Hospital in Window Rock. He was a patient there.

Cloyd wondered how he might get into his father's hospital room to see him. If he told them who he was, there would be trouble because he had run away. Then he had an idea. He used the last of his money to buy some flowers.

For years Cloyd had been asking every Navajo he happened to meet if they knew a man named Leeno Atcitty. "What does he look like?" they'd ask. Cloyd couldn't tell them; he'd never known his father. He'd grown up without him, with only his sister and his grandmother. Cloyd knew just two things about his father-he was a Navajo, and he had disappeared after Cloyd was born. Nobody had seen him since.

When Cloyd was little, he used to talk to his sister about how badly he wanted to find his father, but she didn't seem to need to know him at all, so he had kept his dream inside. In the year since he'd been sent away, the more lonely he became, the stronger his desire grew to find his father. Now here he was with his heart pounding, following the nurse downthe long hallway to his father's room.

The nurse stopped short of the door and said, "Why don't you let me take the flowers in."

Cloyd didn't know if this was going to work. He wasn't a good liar. He said, "I'm supposed to deliver them myself."

"I've never seen you here before. Who did you say you're working for?"

He knew he had to do something quick. Like a rabbit in the sagebrush, Cloyd was into the room.

What he saw terrified him. This wasn't even a human being. It was more like a shriveled-up mummy attached to a bunch of tubes. One went into his nose and one went into his arm. A third came out from asked under the sheet. How could this be his father? Was it even alive? "What's the matter With him?" he asked as evenly as he could.

"Have you ever heard of the expression 'brain dead'? It means his heart and his lungs still work, but his brain is ... well, dead. I tried to tell You, it's not a pretty sight. He won't know about the flowers."

Cloyd had to keep talking, or the nurse would get onto him. He had to put away his terror, not show any emotion on his face. He was good at that. "How did this happen?"

'Car accident," she said. "I don't know any details."How long has he been like this?""Four years.',

"Are you sure he's Leeno Atcitty?"

"Yes, of course."

"Where's he from?"

"I think I heard that once ... Utah, I think. Monunent Valley. I wonder if this could be the man you were looking for. Nobody ever sent him flowers before. "

He knew it was his father. His father came from Monument Valley. Besides, the Navajos listed only one Leeno Atcitty,

Cloyd shrugged. "The people that ordered the flowers said he had a broken leg. Is there another Leeno Atcitty in the hospital?"

lie sneaked one last look at his father. The terror returned full force. How could this ... wrinkled, shrunken shell of a human being be his father? He forgot to wait for her reply. He turned and left without looking back.

"No," she said after him. "I'm sure there isn't.... There must have been some mistake."

He threw the flowers in the trash.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    Hi

    Good book. Good for young readers like me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    A Good Read

    This story has an great message woven into the storyline. It is also always interesting to read about any of the tribes native to the United States.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    Stinks

    I hate it!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    highly recommended

    If you like good books you should read this one!

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    This is an "okay" book!!

    This book is about a boy named Cloyd looking for his father and he ends up living with this man named Walter and Cloyd finds a bear sotne and he is very attached to it and Walter wants to take it away and Cloyd gets upset and mad at Walter. Later in the book Cloyd ends up cutting down Walters peach tree's.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    READ IT now its awesome

    tis book is about a boy who get sent off to this farm and finds this bear stone in a cave and he has this relationship with the bears when he finds the stone and then he goes on a trip with a man and comes acrros a big brown bear read this to find out what happends next.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    its a freaking good book!!

    this is a good book . it is really intense. lots of people should read it !!!!

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    this book is a really good book!!!!

    this book is about a kid who finds a bearstone and he lives with this man. He doesnt talk and then when him and the man start talking things start coming up in his life.

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  • Posted November 12, 2010

    A great book.

    Cloyd Atticity is a 14 year old boy that hasn't been in school for several years.
    Cloyd Atticity has a poor life. I think from a lot of peoples point of view they would have the same. Cloyd lost him mom, and his dad was diagnosed with a diasease. Cloyd lives in a foster home with him foster parents. She treats him farley well but cloyd wants to find his real dad.
    Cloyd goes to the hospital as a flower delivery boy but finds his father half dead. So he trys to move back with his grandmother, but they will not let him because he has already ran away once. He is sent to an old rancher for the summer , but he runs away from there as well. On his journey he finds a stone carved of a bear which supposedly brings him good luck. Cloyd goes back to the ranch. He has always wanted to ride the horses up to mountain, so the rancher lets him go. Cloyd and the rancher really built a close bond.
    Cloyd Atticity has a poor life. I think from a lot of peoples point of view they would have the same. Cloyd lost him mom, and his dad was diagnosed with a diasease. Cloyd lives in a foster home with him foster parents. She treats him farley well but cloyd wants to find his real dad.
    Cloyd goes to the hospital as a flower delivery boy but finds his father half dead. So he trys to move back with his grandmother, but they will not let him because he has already ran away once. He is sent to an old rancher for the summer , but he runs away from there as well. On his journey he finds a stone carved of a bear which supposedly brings him good luck. Cloyd goes back to the ranch. He has always wanted to ride the horses up to mountain, so the rancher lets him Cloyd Atticity has a poor life. I think from a lot of peoples point of view they would have the same. Cloyd lost him mom, and his dad was diagnosed with a diasease. Cloyd lives in a foster home with him foster parents. She treats him farley well but cloyd wants to find his real dad.
    Cloyd goes to the hospital as a flower delivery boy but finds his father half dead. So he trys to move back with his grandmother, but they will not let him because he has already ran away once. He is sent to an old rancher for the summer , but he runs away from there as well. On his journey he finds a stone carved of a bear which supposedly brings him good luck. Cloyd goes back to the ranch. He has always wanted to ride the horses up to mountain, so the rancher lets him go. Cloyd and the rancher really built a close bond. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to build a stronger relationship.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2010

    Great book for boys

    My son had to read this book for 6th grade summer reading. He loved it, and so did his friends! Now he has turned into a Will Hobbs fan and has read two other of his books-- 4 in the lad 4 weeks!

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  • Posted November 20, 2009

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    Bearstone, Ehhh.

    Bearstone by Will Hobbs was a boring reaistic fiction book. Cloyde is just a trouble maker looking for someone that understands him. He finds the Bearstone and makes a secret name for himself, LoneBear. He lives with an old lonley man, and learns a thing or two from him. Overall, this book wansn't really thrilling.

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

    so-so

    this book is instresting in the words and story but dull in the morals.
    it could use more larger and challenging words defainly if it is used for SCOPE students! Over all i found it amusing and absorbing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2004

    STUPID!

    WE READ THIS BOOOK IN CLASS THIS YEAR AND I GOT LOSSED IT IS ABOUT A BOY WHO LOST HIS MOM AND HIS DAD IS IN THE HOSPITAL. WELL I THINK THAT MY LIFE WOULD MAKE A BETTER STORY THAN HIS LIFE.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2003

    Great!Fantastic!

    Bearstone is about a boy named Cloyd and a man named Walter. The book was very inspiering and breathtaking. I thought the book started out kind of shakey but it got better and better as the book went on. I highly recommend this booik to readers of all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2001

    Very Inspiring

    This was about a boy named Cloyd who goes to live with a man named Walter.Cloyd helps Walter out with the ranch and always wishes to go to the mountains to learn about his indian heritage. At the end of the book Walter gets hurt so Cloyd desides to stay with him. They have a great relationship!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2001

    Dull and Disappointing

    Bearstone is about a young man named Cloyd. He is sent from a group home to live with an old man name Walter. They experience many things together. In Bearstone, the writing is poor and the story isn't very well written. I find the book to be very boreing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2000

    FANTASTIC

    I thought Bearstone was an awsome book, Its about a young man named Cloyd who is a good kid but not always acts like one. He Is set up with an old man named Walter. Cloyds attitude about life changes with him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2000

    ~Ok, but kind of boring~

    Bearstone is about a 14 year old boy named Cloyd. His dad is braindead in a hospital, and his mom died. He was sent to live with an old man named Walter whose wife died and he was kind of lonely. The story is about him and Walter, and their adventures together, some good, and some not so good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2000

    a reviewer

    Bearstone, by Will Hobbs, is about Cloyd, a fourteen year old Navajo, Ute mix. Cloyd's dad is braindead after a serious car crash and his mom died when Cloyd was a baby. His only sister is at boarding school in Salt Lake City, Utah. Cloyd is sent to a grouphome away from his grandma. Susan James, the grouphome mother, sends Cloyd to live with Walter, an old man who has just recently lost his wife. He owns a farm and now that his wife is dead, he needs help around the farm. The book is about how Cloyd and Walter become friends and follows them through their ups and downs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2000

    This was a pretty good book.

    I enjoyed Bearstone very much. I thought that all the adventures and just about all the things that happened in the story could happen in real life. Some of the things probably wouldn't happen though. It had a lot of stories and ways on old Ute Indian culture, and I thought it was very informative. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a good story and learn some things about the past.

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