From W. Bruce Cameron, the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel A Dog's Purpose, which is now a major motion picture!
After 13-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 Hall is not entirely friendless. In the woods behind his house, Charlie is saved from a mountain lion by a grizzly bear, thought to be extinct in northern Idaho.
And this very unusual bear will change Charlie's life forever.
Deeply moving, and interwoven with hope and joy, Emory's Gift is not only heartwarming and charming coming of age story, but 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.
A Dog's Purpose Series
#1 A Dog’s Purpose
#2 A Dog’s Journey
#3 A Dog's Promise (forthcoming)
Books for Young Readers
Ellie's Story: A Dog’s Purpose Puppy Tale
Bailey’s Story: A Dog’s Purpose Puppy Tale
Molly's Story: A Dog's Purpose Puppy Tale
Max's Story: A Dog’s Purpose Puppy Tale
Toby's Story: A Dog's Purpose Puppy Tale (forthcoming)
Shelby's Story: A Dog's Way Home Novel
The Rudy McCann Series
The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man
A Dog's Way Home
The Dog Master
The Dogs of Christmas
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When Charlie Hall loses his mother at the age of 13, he feels adrift. His father is distant, and eighth grade isn't treating him well. That is until he has a chance encounter with a grizzly bear, who saves him from the jaws of a hungry cougar. The bear seems to understand Charlie's words and actions, and Charlie soon finds himself befriending the animal. When he writes his name "Charlie" in the dirt, the bear replies by signing his own "Emory." What follows is an unbelievable tale of a bear with a message of universal love, a boy who finally rekindles love in his life, and a town brought together by a miracle. Cameron (A Dog's Purpose) replaces his trademark humor with schmaltz worthy of Kevin Alan Milne and other authors in the genre. The plot device itself the bear, Emory, who is supposedly a reincarnated Civil War soldier is laughably absurd. While Cameron conveys the challenges of adolescence, it's not enough to save this trite fable.
After reading his first book I couldn't wait to get my hands on his second book, especially after seeing the bear on the cover. My eyes widened several times as I read the book and there were times that I thought he was going to let me down with his story telling but he didn't. I found it to be a wonderful, magical book for those who choose to believe. I believe, and I will read his next book. And I will never forget Emory.
Once again Mr. Cameron has brought me to tears.
I remember many years ago, having survived 12 years of Catholic schools, being told that animals don’t have souls. I recall even then not believing what I was being taught.
My best friend back then, she & I even baptized a dead cat we found dead on the side of the road on our way to school. It made us a tad late for the start of school & Religion class, but we figured we had a good reason for our tardiness. Oops. Not so fast! Sister Mary Victoria, the nun that stressed good penmanship, was not having our excuse one bit. That’s when the class was told her offense truth that we were the only ones that had souls. My theory is that Sister Mary Veronica never looked into the eyes of a dog.
This is my third book of his I’ve read, and re-read, and enjoyed it a new. I’m off to read the Repo Man series so I’ll be back.
Remember: live without dogs is no life at all.
I bought this book on my tablet
well once I read two of w. Bruce Cameron's books I fell into a deep love. I now decided to read this book knowing it would already be a good one. it was it has it's moments of fear, pain, loss, & sadness, but most if all happiness. & it's gr8.