Bearstone

Bearstone

by Will Hobbs

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ISBN-13: 9780689870712
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 08/24/2004
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 197,299
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About 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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Bearstone 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We read this book as a class. I absolutely loved it! It's an intriguing book and I would definitely recommend it to other readers.
laf on LibraryThing 20 days ago
I listened to a book called Bearstone by Will Hobbs. It was OK, I guess....It's about a boy who stays with an old man and finds a carved stone in the shape of a bear in a Native American cliff tomb! I think the main intent is that revenge is bad. I think that because when he cut down the old man's plum trees, he got to go home. Plus, he said so.I don't really recommend this book. It put me to sleep.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
walter and cloyd were very close and to sum up the story i woud half to say there were hardships but the stood bye each other even when cloyd cut down the peach trees and cut the feence post and wrewend the chainsaw i recommend this book to everyone who likes exciment and adventure 4 stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a good book but I don't really like adventure and out door books. I recommend this book to the people that like outdoor and adventure books and would like a good book to read. Bear Stone is that book its about a boy named Cloyed who had to stay with a old man named Walter and Cloyed starts out as just a boy but he does something major that had turned him into a man
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to anyone who has strong feelings about Native Americans or enjoys adventure and family stories. It was very well written and I think it was great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to anyone who has strong feelings about Native Americans or enjoys adventure and family stories. It was very well written and I think it was great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is a coming of age story the boy went through a lot he thought everything he loves was being took from him intell he meat walter then everything changed for him nothing was the same after that i was impressed with will Hobbs with him being a wrighter . have you ever wondered why authors just put words in for no reason will with will every word had a pourpose . if words were left out it wouldnt be a story if you never read this book your going to miss out on a new world when you first pick up a book you go to a new world this is a word you will wont to stay in and not come out . thinks for writting a good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bearstone was a good book. It is about a boy names Cloyd that was sent out from boarding school to a farm. At first he did not like it but as he began to like it more when he met Walter an old farmer who helped him along the way. Along the way Cloyd cut down peach trees and fence posts. Cloyd had a lot of luck while he was there but to find out why you will have to read the book to find out what happens and how he gets the luck. It is a book about adventure and risk taking. I did like the book, because of the adventures Cloyd and Walter took. It would be interesting to people who like adventurist books or like to take their own adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is the worst book ive ever read its not worth it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. Good for young readers like me.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
colemanstudent-slh More than 1 year ago
If you like good books you should read this one!
Colemanstudent-wca More than 1 year ago
this is a good book . it is really intense. lots of people should read it !!!!
Colemanstudent-BIB More than 1 year ago
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.
colemanstudenthwy More than 1 year ago
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.
Colemanstudent-BAC More than 1 year ago
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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adado-gibson More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!