The Shadow Of The Bear

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When Bear, a mysterious young man, lands on Blanche and Rose Brier's doorstep in New York City, the two sisters have conflicting opinions on whether or not he is dangerous. Even as Blanche learns to trust him, her fears that Bear's friendship threatens their family prove terrifyingly true. A modern retelling of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale.
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Overview

When Bear, a mysterious young man, lands on Blanche and Rose Brier's doorstep in New York City, the two sisters have conflicting opinions on whether or not he is dangerous. Even as Blanche learns to trust him, her fears that Bear's friendship threatens their family prove terrifyingly true. A modern retelling of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780981931807
  • Publisher: Chesterton Press
  • Publication date: 10/6/2008
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 370,286
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2010

    no sugar coated fairy tale

    a great read for older teens/young adults. Don't let the title,"a fairy tale" retold deceive you...this book is not one just for girls. It portrays young men with integraty and spirit amidst tension and difficult real world problems. I would recommend this novel to youth who want excitement and encouragement to live an authentic life.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

    Great book!

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a great start to a series amazing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

    LOVE this series!!!

    This has probably been the best book series I have EVER read! And I read a lot. Regina Doman is brilliant and very talented.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2010

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    Unlike Winnie the Pooh, This is Not a Bear of Very Little Brain

    The book that started it all, in which we meet Bear and Fish, and Blanche and Rose. The lives of the Denniston brothers are on such a different trajectory from those of the Brier sisters that it seems unlikely their paths should cross, unless by a chance meeting in which both parties feel they need to help the other...

    Be prepared. If you choose to read this novel, you will likely find it witty, thrilling, charming, and difficult to put down when it's getting late and you really should be getting some sleep so you can function the next morning. Further, when you finish, you'll probably want to start right in with Black as Night because you can't get enough of these loveable characters.

    At least, that's how it happened in this house...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2010

    Amazing Book!!!

    Regina Doman skillfully combines genres and creates a plot that is both intriguing and meaningful. This beautiful story is truly a diamond in the rough among all the garbage that is offered as young adult "literature." A wonderful read--I highly recommend it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2013

    Oooohhh¿ this was some dark chocolate for my brain: bitter in al

    Oooohhh… this was some dark chocolate for my brain: bitter in all the right ways, sweet in all the others, and just enough good-for-you antioxidants, by which I mean spiritually uplifting goodness, to hit all the spots on my little bookwormy palate. Byronic heroes, dreadlocks, pretty clothes from thrift stores, and one of the minor heroines is a Dominican sister. What’s not to love? HIGHLY recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2011

    good story, annoyingly full of author's own views

    This book was well written and I really enjoyed the plot. I also like that it was a retelling of a classic fairytale which showed it in a new light. However, the book would have been much better if it wasn't so heavily influenced by the author's own opinions. It seems like pro-catholic-conservative values are emphasized way too much. Really now, the atheist just HAPPENS to be a thief and attempted murderer, too? And in later books, the woman who performs abortions just HAPPENS to also be evil and is illegally selling the organs of patients in comas? I mean REALLY? I understand that all authors inherently put some of their own beliefs into their work, but this is just too much. It detracted from the otherwise wonderful storyline and writing.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2010

    A Beautiful Book

    One of the great things about The Shadow of the Bear is it's universal appeal. It's written with a very Catholic perspective, but I have Protestant friends who love it as much as I do. The main characters are two girls and the book is from their perspective, but guys enjoy it as well. It is written for teen readers, but my mom and grandma have read all the books. There is something for everyone here. Romance. Adventure. Mystery. Faith.
    If you are looking for a exciting new book to read, I highly recommend "The Shadow of the Bear".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2010

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    WOW! A Catholic Novel for Today!

    This book has it all! The characters are lifelike and the action is fast paced and realistic. It is good to see a book portraying people making the right choices in their life. I would highly reccomend this book to any teen readers, as well as adults. Good on ya Regina Doman, keep up the good work!

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  • Posted August 27, 2010

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    One of the best books I've ever read...

    When I first got this book, I figured I'd only read a chapter or so a day, to make it last, but after a couple chapters I couldn't put it down! I stayed up all night reading it and was dead tired the next day! It's a wonderful mysterious, fairy tale. It's based on the fairy tale Snow White and Rose Red, but much more modern and mysterious. I don't want to give away too much but I highly recommend this book to any young teenager in your life, but you might also want to read it yourself! :) Anyway this is definitely one of my favorite books, tied with the rest in the series!

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  • Posted August 25, 2010

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    A Fairy Tale for Teens!

    When I first heard about The Shadow of the Bear I thought it would be a great book for my friend to read and it took me a while to actually take it up and read it myself. But, as soon as I picked it up, I could not put it down. I finished it the day I started reading it and was eager for more. Regina Doman has masterfully combined fairy tales and faith, romance and risk, vice and virtue, in this book and all her works. In this particular book, the storyline follows that of the little known Grimm brothers' fairy tale "Snow White and Rose Red." It is amazing how the author makes the fairy tale come alive in the modern world. Fairy tales are not merely for children, they contain lessons for teens and adults as well. One of the best parts of the book is where she responds to the unspoken longing of every human heart that wants to find its place in a fairy tale. This book enables one to look at life through the lens of fairyland. That " . . . everyone could be something extraordinary, but very few of them know it . . " The characters are realistic and relatable; to me, they seemed old friends by the end of the book. It is definitely a book to be read again and again.

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  • Posted August 19, 2010

    A fairy-tale retold worth reading outloud and reading again

    If you are looking for a good read, "The Shadow of the Bear" is one that will literally take your breath away. Regina Doman spins a tale full of vivid images, true-to-life characters, and believable dialog. "The Shadow of the Bear" is a Grimm's fairy-tale "Snow White and Rose Red" retold into a modern setting.
    Blanche and Rose Brier live with their widowed mother in an apartment in New York City. One stormy evening, their mother, an E R nurse, arrives home later than usual, and brings a young man inside to warm up. He calls himself Bear, and saved their mother from a car out in the cold. During the next few weeks, he visits often, much to the joy of Rose, but to the dismay of Blanche who does not trust him. He does not tell them who he is or what his mission is, However, with time, Blanch learns to accept him.
    Little did any of the Briers know that they would be wrapped into a mystery that is as dangerous as the city its-self. This is a well thoughtout story with values woven into its delightful plot.

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  • Posted August 16, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Excellent Book

    "The Shadow of the Bear" is an excellent book. Regina Doman does an excellent job of retelling a well-loved fairy tale in a modern setting.

    The plot for this book is very well thought-out. It has challenges and surprises at every turn.

    All of the characters have a solid foundation and are very believable. The reader can relate to the characters and feels drawn to imitate them.

    I was very pleased about what this book had to offer. It had a very solid story that made you want to keep reading until you finished the book. I would recommend this book to everyone!

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  • Posted August 10, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A wonderful classic

    This book is an absolute classic - one that I have read many times and will read again. The adaptation of the fairy tale "Snow White and Rose Red" is set in modern New York City, and fits in well with this environment.

    Anyone who has read Chesterton or is versed in classical literature will appreciate the quotes that come up in casual conversation. Some of the characters are drug dealers, some are classical poets, others appear to be both! Somehow all the dialog sounds natural, despite dealing in some depth with many aspects of faith and life.

    Some of the topics covered in a unique and realistic manner include modesty, judging people, revenge and peer pressure. You might think that having such a strong Christian moral the storyline would be weak - quite the opposite! The action & events in this story themselves make for a great read, the moral values simply add to this book's appeal.

    Anyone from early teens on would definitely enjoy reading this book, although older teens would have a greater appreciation of the relationship aspects. This book is suitable for younger readers than Waking Rose or The Midnight Dancers (which deal with relationships at a higher level).

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  • Posted July 23, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Once upon a time, in New York City...

    I first read this book two and a half years ago, after my older sister got it for a gift. Since then, I have read it at least four more times. Like the fairy tale that it is based off of, the story never gets old.
    There are lots of stories about two teenaged girls struggling through high school. But not many are from a Catholic viewpoint. And not many involve the murder of a priest, which happened years ago but is still trying to get solved. And also, not many involve heroes as cool as Bear and Fish.
    When you read the book, be careful to pick a day where you have nothing going on. Because you won't be able to tear yourself from the book for long. I barely saw my sister the day she got the book, and I think my family probably wondered where their other family member went the day I read it, too.
    Do yourself, or someone in your life, a favor and buy them this book. You won't be sorry.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    A wonderful book...romance for the middle school set.

    This book is faithful to Catholic beliefs without being so overtly Catholic that nonmembers won't enjoy or understand the story. The first of a series, the tradional outcast-antihero and empowered-but-traditional heroine will enchant the average teenage girls. This is teen chick-lit at it's best!

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