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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful
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Charlie's mother passed away, and his father enters a silence of grief as Charlie steps into his own isolated world at the age of thirteen, while dealing with the trials-and-tribulations of junior high school. One adventure every teen attempts to survive, but never forgets the experience. As Charlie suffers from the loss of a loved one, while coping with anguish and pain, he discovers that he's not all alone in the world. As Charlie contemplates on his place in the world, his life is saved from a mountain lion by a grizzly bear. Charlie's life is changed forever as he learns about trust, faith, and unconditional love. W. Bruce Cameron penned a compelling Masterpiece that will tug at your heart page-after-page. This novel is highly recommended for all readers who love animals, and stories that are charming, and heartwarming. This book offers joy, hope, and is deeply moving. The author takes the reader on an emotional roller-coaster ride that will indeed leave a remarkable impression as you crave for more.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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While oftentimes a book's jacket description exaggerates to the point that it makes the story seem like it's more than it really is, the description of Emory's Gift "hits the nail right on the head." It is a book that is very touching, emotional, heartwarming and, at times, bittersweet. But at all times, it is a very well-written and memorable story that will likely stay with readers (or at least this reader) for a long time to come.

The plot (which takes about 80-90 to really get involved in, which resulted in my deducting 1/2 star from my rating) is this: After thirteen-year old Charlie Hall's mother dies and his father retreats into the silence of grief, Charlie finds himself drifting, lost and alone, through the brutal halls of junior high school. But Charlie is not entirely friendless. In the woods behind his house in a small town in Idaho, he is saved from a mountain lion by a grizzly bear, a species thought to be extinct in his area. This very unusal bear will change Charlie's life forever.

Emory's Gift is not only a charming coming-of-age story, it is also a page-turning, insightful look at how faith, trust and unconditional love can heal a broken family and bridge the gaps that divide us.

I should point out that Emory's Gift, by W. Bruce Cameron, is not the type of book I usually read, being largely a fan of thrillers, mysteries and suspense books. However, Cameron has turned me into a fan and I plan to read his previous bestselling book, A Dog's Purpose, very soon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2011
I am a great fan of Bruce Cameron; he has made me laugh for years, and after reading A Dog's Purpose (another fantastic book that I buy as gifts for friends and family), I knew that Emory's Gift would be another block buster. I was right! This book reminded me what it was like to be a junior high student, feeling lost and alone in a big, uncharted territory. Though I didn't lose my mother at a tender age as the narrator of the book had, I could feel every bit of his angst and insecurity. Mr. Cameron writes so that you can hear the characters' voices, the tone, the hurt, the happiness. What a wonderful gift Mr. Cameron has, to bring us to the end of every emotional nerve; he writes books that make one truly feel and contemplate the world as it is -- good and bad. I started this book Friday morning and finished it Friday evening. I can't wait to start reading it again!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2012
I read this book to my seven year old son. We thoroughly enjoyed it! Another box of kleenex needed for this as for A Dog's Purpose! There were parts that I am sure my 7 year old did not understand, however, he did ask some questions and gain some great insight to new words and experiences through this story. My twelve year old could not wait to get her hands on it...She just finished A Dog's Journey and is also quite enjoying this author. I do not care to intellectually pick this book apart, it was, for me, an enjoyable read and I can't wait to read more from this author!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2013
Started reading this book after reading the first two books by this author. As I got into the begining of the book I realized that the plot was totally implausable and after continuing a little more soon realized that this story contained the same magic and warm feeling generated by the first two. Now added to my list of favorites.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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When I received this book in the mail, my 12 year old daughter saw the cover and HAD to read it first! ha ha! She loved it. I mean, it was all she could talk about for days. When she finished, she pestered me so much to "read it now!" that I had to put another book I was reading away to start this one.

I can see why she liked it! A very nice story from the perspective of an adolescent boy who isn't Mr. Popular. He isn't an outcast or anything, but not leader of the pack...and doesn't really have too many (any) friends. Add to that a death in the family, and you have a pretty sad protagonist who needs a friend--as well as a desire to not be so invisible. I am sure most kids (and adults) can relate to the feeling of wanting to do or be something great and stand out for once!

I did enjoy the book. I am not sure about the big climax scenes, but the author didn't go too too far...just enough, I guess. :) I could never take away any stars though from a book my daughter is begging to read again. It is one of her best-of-the-year books!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon November 27, 2011
First of all, I would like to say that of all the authors I've read in more than 4 decades, I have never encountered one that is so much in touch with his inner child than Bruce Cameron. I don't mean that his writing is childlike but that when he writes the emotions of a child in his stories, it is just so precise, as if he, when growing up, took note of every emotion and reaction he had because what he writes feels so real. I find it really amazing. In Emory's Gift, this talent is so apparent in his portrayal of Charlie Hall, the boy who "found" the bear who can write. When I read it, I felt like I was 13 years old again, all the fears and anxieties, optimism and hope, all flooding back.

This is the second book I've read that was authored by Bruce Cameron and I wasn't disappointed. He writes so beautifully of a subject that is dear to me (animals) and he is also quite intrepid in including God in his stories especially in today's politically correct world when some people won't even use the word God but instead use Force, Universe, or Spirit.

Thank you for writing a truly inspirational book and I look forward to more stories. I believe these are the kind of books that should be in high schools instead of the depressing titles that children are made to read nowadays.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I've never been a 13 year old boy, but I did raise one, and I can attest to the true character of Charlie Hall--his feelings, his speech, his overall being. To say nothing of the trials and tribulations of being in junior high school--that's what it was called when I was there. None of this namby-pamby middle school stuff. Add to that the fact that Charlie Hall has lost his mother less than a year ago and his father has sort of disappeared into his own grief. Entering that picture is Emory--a grizzly bear.

Bruce Cameron has created a really loveable character in Charlie Hall. I was smitten with him in the first chapter. There were lines that had me laughing out loud and lines that had my heart aching for Charlie.

I'm an animal lover from way back and Emory's Gift was a joy to read. Can I believe all the things that happened with Charlie and Emory? When the writing is this good and the story this enjoyable, you bet I can!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2012
I became interested in reading Emory's Gift after reading A Dog's Purpose. I first checked Emory's Gift out of the library and liked this charming story enough to buy the book. A lonely boy in jr high whose mother died. He is befriended by a grizzly bear. If you liked A Dog's Purpose. you may like Emory's Gift{ I admit to liking A Dog's purpose more} W. Bruce Cameron has a gift for writing about animals. I look forward to his next book about a dog coming out soon.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2011
I love animal books so there's a star for that.
The beginning of the book was good so the idea of the story gets a star.
Some of the plots are great that made me laugh, interesting and couldn't stop reading those chapters so that gets a star.
Now the empty stars.
Hated most of the climax and chapters. I mean really? so -star
Some characters were annoying, ending could have been better and generally the whole plot could have been better too. so -star.

Overall, if you love animals, not a crazy serious religious person, and want an okay story about an animal with intelligent, this would be one of the books to try.
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