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Publisher Description

A beautiful, new edition of the beloved fantasy hailed as “the stuff of epic tale telling” (Booklist), perfect for fans of Beauty and the Beast from New York Times best-selling author Edith Pattou.

Rose has always longed for adventure, so when an enormous white bear appears one evening and makes her a mysterious offer, she accepts. In exchange for health and prosperity for her ailing family, she must live with the white bear in a distant castle. But Rose soon realizes that all isn’t as it seems. As she tries to settle into her new life, she makes a devastating mistake. Now she must choose: return to her safe and loving family or go on a dangerous quest to fix what she has broken—and perhaps lose her heart along the way. A sweeping romantic epic as timeless as any fairy tale and thrilling as only the best fantasy novels can be.

Young Adult
March 16
HMH Books
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Grades 7 and Above

Customer Reviews

nerdy beast ,

Jaw Dropping

Every page I read made me more engaged. I finished it in just five days and all my friends were shocked that I read three hundred pages of in it just a day. I cannot wait to get west and read it and learn what happens to rose and Charles.

ilovegoodbooks(butwhodoesnt) ,

Good storytelling

This was a very world-developed story about family and friendship

FalterFree ,


I read this book for the first time when I was just a middle schooler. I was young and loved reading, it was my escape. I don’t know why but the title stood out to me. I looked at it and put it back. I went back to the library the next day and checked it out after not being able to stop thinking about it.

Once I began reading I couldn’t put the book down. I remember reading it at the table as I ate dinner, between assignments in class, in the hall between bells, especially before bed. It stayed with me everywhere. I related to Rose, Charles, and Neddy in ways that I couldn’t explain. A part of me was attached so heavily to this book and it has been part of me since I made my first pass through it.

I began re-reading the book as often as possible. The library stopped asking me to return it and just assumed I’d bring it back before the end of the year each year. I bought the digital version about 2-3 years ago, I’m an adult now and have read it maybe twice since. Shame that I don’t get more time to read but, as is life.

Now, however— I read it to my infant son. A fairytale to remind him that life can be an adventure, scary, and if you work hard and are very brave... extremely rewarding and fulfilling.

You have no idea what this book has meant to me. I have loved many books but when someone asks what my favorite book is... even after all these years I still say “East”. Following it up with “The Hobbit, also.” I’m a huge Tolkien fan as well, but that’s besides the point.

Thank you for a lifetime of joy and for giving me something I adore to share with my son that he can hold dear as our fairy-tale of Rose, from far distant lands chasing her White Bear.

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