Chasing the Bear: A Young Spenser Novel

Chasing the Bear: A Young Spenser Novel

by Robert B. Parker


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For almost forty years, Robert B. Parker's inimitable private investigator Spenser has been solving cases and selling millions of books worldwide. Now, for the first time, see how it all began as the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master sheds light on Spenser's formative years spent with his father and two uncles out West. This is an event book for every fan of Spenser, and a revelation for teens about to discover an American icon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142415733
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/18/2010
Series: Spenser Series
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 217,403
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Robert B. Parker lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Date of Birth:

September 17, 1932

Date of Death:

January 18, 2010

Place of Birth:

Springfield, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

Cambridge, Massachusetts


B.A. in English, Colby College, 1954; M.A., Ph. D. in English, Boston University, 1957, 1971

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Chasing the Bear 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
pretty good.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Excellent characters with a touch of humor, some mystery, love, and a way to make sense of life by doing the right thing. Good guys and bad Spenser is a must read for all
raizel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Spenser and Susan sit and discuss Spenser's coming of age. Usually his books have something significant to say about life, the universe, and everything. Perhaps because this meant to be a young adult book, there are several somethings. Spenser is raised by three men who read to him from a series of great classics (hence his literary knowledge), teach him to box (hence his boxing career and his ability to solve problems physically when necessary), take turns cooking (hence his interest in food), and treat others with kindness and respect. Golly, he and his non-traditional family are just about perfect.
nknail on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The latest installment of the Spenser stories, this one provides a look at the teen-age Spenser and his rearing by his father and two uncles. Interspersed between some chapters is the usual interplay between Spenser and his love Susan Silverman who plays a lighthearted psychologist and foil to the adult Spenser. Novella is a good addition to the Spenser canon.
librarygirls on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Written for Young Adult readers, Spenser the detective tells the story of his teenage years and the values he learned from his Father and two uncles. Tackles themes of parental alcoholism , sticking up for friends, dealing with bullies, and school racism.
ShellyPYA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Told from the perspective of an adult looking back on a certain childhood event. Spenser's been raised by his father and two uncles since his mother's death. His best friend is a girl named Jeannie. When he sees her being driven off by her drunk father, he follows them and eventually manages to save her. This is a coming of age story about becoming a man.
LesaHolstine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you read Robert B. Parker's Spenser novels, have you wondered how Spenser developed his code of ethics? How did he become the unusual man he is? Parker answers that question in a novel designed for teens, Chasing the Bear. For teens interested in mysteries, it's an interesting introduction to the entire series. For those of us who have read all of the Spenser books, it answers questions.While sitting in the Boston Public Garden one day, Susan Silverman, Spenser's long-time love, asks him about his youth. He reminds her that his mother died when he was born. He was raised by his father and his mother's two brothers, Cash and Patrick, all carpenters. The three men lived together, with a dog named Pearl. They all took care of each other. The men taught him to box, read to him every night, and, in their quiet ways, taught him, "There's legal, and there's right." And, they always had each other's back, just as Spenser and Hawk would watch out for each other in Spenser's adult life.These three men made Spenser feel important, even as a boy. Those lessons, and Spenser's stories of the year he was fourteen, show the man he would become. At fourteen, Spenser became protective of a classmate, a girl who was dragged off by her brutal, drunken father. Spenser rescued her, and later, stood up for a Mexican friend against bullying kids. Spenser's stories of his youth foreshadow the man he becomes, a man with a code of ethics, who stands up for the underdog, and defends women. And, his anecdotes about the reading his uncles and father did shows why he has an eclectic knowledge of literature. Spenser fans should find this an important novel, one that provides the background for a favorite character. And, Chasing the Bear, is an interesting introduction for teens. It has suspense, quiet lessons about bullying and sticking up for the underdog, and introduces a fascinating knight errant, with a code of conduct. But, most of all, I recommend Chasing the Bear to those of us who are already fans of Spenser. It's one more reason to admire a favorite character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great short read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have fallen in love with all of Parjers characters. I often wondered about Spenser's childhood. Wonderfully written. Great background. Nice to see Susan at work. SUPER SERIES? RBP we miss you. REST in peace. Thanx for not leaving us in the lurch!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read l the Spenser novels in order, and have enjoyed them all. The last few I have felt ended too abruptly, and should have had another chapter or too to wrap things up. While I liked the background from Spenser's childhood, this story just sort of stopped. It was way too short, and ended too soon. Definitely too short for the money. If you're reading the series, though, you can't skip it.
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Bane87 More than 1 year ago
I loved how it filled in a little bit of his younger life but still stayed in present format as he was telling Susan about his younger days.
STORE NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
It is awesome evenn thought it has bad words
Detect_me More than 1 year ago
Do not be misguided by the young Spenser tag. This is a prototypical Spenser novel (novella?) and should be in the library of every Spenser fan. The subject material of a young Spenser is narrated by the mature version. And of course the authorship of an experienced Parker makes this story required reading.
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This book is really a short story with a lot of 2 page chapters. I love Robert Parker's style and, as always, I enjoyed from beginning to end but.....this "book" has a total of 106 pages and publisher charged the same as for his fully developed novels just because they could. I hope the author wasn't cheated the same way.
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Chasing the Bear- Short book, novella really from Robert B Parker. There is no mystery to be solved, its a conversation between Boston PI Spenser and his Harvard educated psychologist girlfriend about his childhood. It details what made young Spenser the Spenser that he is today. Fun read for Spenser fans (I am one) but it won't make much sense as a freestanding novel to anyone unfamiliar with the series. I found out recently that it's supposed to be a young adult novel. I really can't see it.
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