Saving The Last Grizzlies
As this action-packed sequel to Bearstone opens, Cloyd Atcitty and his rancher friend Walter Landis are heading back into the mountains, this time chasing the old man's dream of finding a lost Spanish gold mine. But when Cloyd hears that a mother grizzly and her cubs have been sighted nearby, he immediately hopes it might be the mate of the bear he had tried to save from a hunter the previous summer.
When the mother bear dies in a tragic accident, Cloyd realizes that if her cubs don't survive, grizzlies will disappear from Colorado forever. He refuses to leave the cubs, determined to stay with them until they can den. But with winter deepening in the mountains, can Cloyd himself survive?
|Publisher:||Atheneum Books for Young Readers|
|Product dimensions:||7.68(w) x 5.04(h) x 0.56(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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
¿Beardance¿ is the sequel to ¿Bearstone¿ and has the same characters. Cloyd and Walter decide to go back into the mountains because Walter wants to see them just one more time, and Cloyd wants to look for another Colorado grizzly bear. Cloyd and Walter make it up to camp and Walter has a coughing fit, so they stay a few days down low before they go up. Cloyd does some exploring, and Walter does some gold detecting. They move out and up the mountain. While Cloyd is looking for the grizzlies he meets a Indian woman on the same mission. Together they find a mother and three grizzly cubs. While they are watching the bears, a rockslide comes down and kills the mother and one of the cubs. Now Cloyd has to stay in the mountains and keep these two endangered species alive until they can hibernate and live on the next year. This book is recommended to anyone that has read ¿Bearstone¿ and enjoyed the story behind the Colorado Grizzlies. I live in the mountains where this story took place, so I knew what most of this was talking about. He tells the story very well and it was an easy read because he made it exciting and there was always adventure around every corner.
This is the absolute best book I ever read. I also read it about 5 times faster than any other book that size because I had my nose in it constantly. You will especially like this book if you are interested in bears, indians, survival, or the mountains. But, one way or the other, you will probably like it just as much as I did or better. That is if it is possible to like any book that much. Read it.
This book has won the ALA Best Book for Young Adults award in 1994. The author tells a story of Cloyd, a Ute Indian, who sets out on a life-changing mission to save two grizzly cubs. He knows that if he can protect them until the time of hibernation, they will be safe. All the while, he knows that if he stays with the bears too long, he may not be able to get off the mountains before winter. This book reaches into the deep spiritual world of the Native Americans, and the kinship they feel to animals. Cloyd remembers his grandmother describing a time when a Spirit could go between animal forms and human forms. Cloyd brings this spiritual idea to life as he becomes the cubs¿ mother. The other important lesson young adults learn during this story is the idea of perseverance when encountering a task that may seem impossible. Librarians can use this book in several ways. The relationship between animal, spirit and Native American could be researched by middle school students and then an animal could be picked that they could relate to. The author tells of a Native American bear dance using growler sticks. Students could learn more about the topic of dance and music in Native American rituals and even demonstrate some examples.
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