A Bear Named Trouble

By Marion Dane Bauer
(Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780618517381, 128pp.)

Publication Date: June 2005

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Ten-year-old Jonathan practically lives at the Anchorage Zoo, where his father is a keeper. He loves animals, and even imagines himself inside their bodies, seeing what they see, feeling what they feel.

Meanwhile, a young brown bear is wandering through the woods near Anchorage, alone and hungry. One night, while searching for food, the bear crosses paths with Jonathan, who eagerly follows him onto the zoo grounds.

But when the bear accidentally kills Mama Goose, Jonathan’s favorite zoo creature, the boy loses the empathy he had felt earlier. He wishes that the bear—now nicknamed Trouble—would meet the same fate as his beloved goose, and he impulsively takes steps to make sure that happens.

Based on an actual incident, and told in alternating chapters from the bear’s and Jonathan’s points of view, this is both an involving animal story and a thought-provoking investigation into the consequences of one’s actions.

About the Author

Marion Dane Bauer is an award-winning author who also teaches in the Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Vermont College. Among her Clarion titles are ON MY HONOR, a Newbery Honor Book; A BEAR NAMED TROUBLE; and RUNT: THE STORY OF A WOLF PUP. She lives with her partner, Ann Goddard, in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

Praise For A Bear Named Trouble

"With a strong plot, well-developed characters, and an engaging writing format, this book is a great choice for young readers." SLJ School Library Journal

"The tale explores the need for companionship and the importance of accepting the consequences of one's actions." BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA

"A charming, deceptively simple story with special appeal for animal lovers." KIRKUS Kirkus Reviews

"[An] appealing treatment of a child's rescue of an at-risk animal." BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"After examining the world of wolves in RUNT...Marion Dane Bauer now turns to the ursine life." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Publishers Weekly

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