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Bearwalker by Joseph Bruchac
Review by Gayle Surrette
HarperCollins Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 0061123099
Date: 01 July 2007 List Price $15.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Baron Brawn is dealing with a new school, the loss of his father in Afganistan, his mother is stationed in Iraq, he's a Mohawk attending Pioneer Jr. High (oh the irony), and living with his grandmother. Did I mention he's small for his age, the shortest 8th grader, and the newest target for the class bullies? Now, he and 32 other students are going for a weekend retreat to Camp Chuckamuck. Classmates and their teacher Mr. Wilbur expect that he knows a lot about wilderness hiking and camping because of his heritage and Baron just wants to blend in and go unnoticed. Could things get any worse? Well, actually they can when it turns out the camp is under new management and Baron fears that Walker White Bear just might be a Bearwalker.

From official release/information:

From back of book: Neither human nor animal, but something in between.... During a class camping trip deep in the Adirondacks, twelve-year-old Baron comes face-to-face with the Bearwalker--a terrible mix of human and animal that looks like a bear but is really a bloodthirsty monster. Baron must rely on his wits to help him survive the night.

(Source: HarperCollins)

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