Book of the week

The Bear by Claire Cameron. Photo: PA Photo/Harvill Secker
The Bear by Claire Cameron. Photo: PA Photo/Harvill Secker

The Bear by Claire Cameron

Children can go through the most traumatic of events and yet manage to develop a coping mechanism.

Told through Anna’s eyes, The Bear is a gripping narrative of how to deal with grief and being lost in a hostile environment. the language and nuances of a small child.

Surviving the ordeal is not guaranteed, yet Cameron has delivered an exciting tale of how to cope with a deadly event. The siblings somehow deal with everything they encounter, but whether they come through the ordeal and its consequences unscathed is not revealed until a fitting climax.