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Emory's Gift [Hardcover]

W. Bruce Cameron
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  • Hardcover: 365 pages
  • Publisher: Forge; 1 edition (30 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765327813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765327819
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.7 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 845,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING 1 April 2013
By Red Rock Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWER
EMORY'S GIFT tells of a father, emotionally crippled following the death of his wife, a son suffering from misplaced guilt, and a bear with human like qualities and the ability to communicate, who changed their lives. This sometimes amusing, sometime deeply moving and profound portrait of a father and son trying to salvage the tattered remnants of their lives reads like an autobiographical account of the events that shaped a young boys life and made him the man he is today.

The scenes between Charlie and Emory (the boy and the bear) while possessing a fairy tale quality still come across as being entirely possible. Perhaps it's because we want to believe in a world where animals are as important to our emotional and spiritual lives as humans, or maybe it's because the relationship between Charlie and Emory is so charming and enchanting OR.....maybe the idea of a world where goodness and love can triumph is so appealing we enjoy the feeling we get imagining it.

In the final analysis we are compelled to answer questions about our own needs, both spiritual and secular, and what part the animals that enrich our lives play in those needs. While not promoted as such, this would be a great book for the YA audience as well as anyone who loves a captivating story the leaves the reader with a case of the "warm fuzzys". Put it on your Christmas gift list along with author Cameron's first book A DOGS PURPOSE. They would make a great gift for those special "kids" in your life (whether they be 15 or 50)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 14 Nov 2013
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A very enjoyable book, once I started reading I couldn't put it down. W. Bruce Cameron stirs up all your emotions and I would recommend this book to all ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "CHARMING, HEARTWARMING, AND DEEPLY MOVING!" 19 Jun 2011
By Geraldine Ahearn - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 Stars -- A Very Moving, Heartwarming Coming-Of-Age Story! 21 Aug 2011
By Bobbewig - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent book from W. Bruce Cameron! 30 May 2012
By Tiffany O - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read! 10 Sep 2011
By Veronica J. Caine - Published on Amazon.com
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!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story for kids and adults! 16 Feb 2012
By Nanciejeanne - Published on Amazon.com
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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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