Eye of the Great Bear

Eye of the Great Bear

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by Bill Wallace
     
 

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The bullies called him a coward. Even his brothers thought 11-year-old Bailey was scared of his shadow. But on July 4th, an old Indian medicine man made an astonishing prophecy: "Some men spend their life searching for who they are--searching for their courage, You will see yourself in the eye of the great bear". What did he mean? Just as Bailey begins to believe that

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The bullies called him a coward. Even his brothers thought 11-year-old Bailey was scared of his shadow. But on July 4th, an old Indian medicine man made an astonishing prophecy: "Some men spend their life searching for who they are--searching for their courage, You will see yourself in the eye of the great bear". What did he mean? Just as Bailey begins to believe that the "sissy" reputation would follow him forever, he is forced to make a choice that could cost him his life.

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School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-A surefire winner of a tale. Bailey, 11, is mortified that he reacts to firecrackers or other loud noises by jumping. He's branded a coward by the boys at school as well as his brothers, all of whom take delight in tormenting him. Bailey and his father set out to "cure" him of this problem until his leaping ability saves his life during an encounter with a rattlesnake. At the Fourth of July celebration, the medicine man who is telling fortunes predicts that Bailey will see himself "in the eye of the great bear." The summer of 1898 wears on filled with farm work and a few adventures. The merciless Texas sun proves too much for Bailey's dad, who suffers from a bout of heat sickness, but he refuses to heed the doctor. After a long conversation behind closed doors, his parents reach a compromise and the family heads for Montana where more experiences and the foretold great bear await them. The author has created characters whom readers come to know and care about. He has spun a story filled with small escapades interspersed with heart-stopping excitement and terror. He shows that everyone has a trait they wish they didn't have, and teaches two very important lessons: that courage comes in a lot of different forms and that one does what one must do. This story will be an excellent read-aloud as the chapters are episodic cliff-hangers.-Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671025021
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,106,569
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Bill Wallace grew up in Oklahoma. Along with riding their horses, he and his friends enjoyed campouts and fishing trips. Toasting marshmallows, telling ghost stories to scare one another, and catching fish was always fun.
One of the most memorable trips took place on the far side of Lake Lawtonka, at the base of Mt. Scott. He and his best friend, Gary, spent the day shooting shad with bow and arrows, cutting bank poles, and getting ready to go when their dads got home from work.
Although there was no "monster" in Lake Lawtonka, one night there was a "sneak attack" by a rather large catfish tail. Checking the bank poles was not nearly as fun or "free" after that point, but it was the inspiration for this story.
Bill Wallace has won nineteen children's state awards and been awarded the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award for Children's Literature from the Oklahoma Center for the Book.

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Eye of the Great Bear 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
iWrite16 More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic book for kids. It's a lot of fun to read. It's a great choice for school.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was so great that i have a new favorite author, Bill Wallace!
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This is a wonderful book for kids and ADULTS to even read. O loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was really dull. The only exciting part was at the end.