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4.8 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews

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You have to buy this brillant book and you won't be disappointed. It is worth every penny! Love it so much!
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The story Moon Bear revolves around a 12 year old boy called Tam whose life is turned around when his family is moved from their mountain home to a new village. After his father dies in an accident, Tam is sent to the city to work on a bear farm to earn money to send back to support his family.

In the city, Tam learns the horrors of bear farming and that not everyone can be trusted, but at the same time he builds a close relationship with one young bear and the story tells of their struggle to get away from the city and back to their families.

This is a heart-warming tale of how one person, however small, can make a difference. Although as an adult I am not the target audience, I very much enjoyed reading Moon Bear. It is a book that will appeal to a variety of people, from younger to old, but due to the nature of some of the themes it would not be suitable for the very young.
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Can you milk a bear? Well I'd certainly never heard of this before I read this book, which gave me an affinity with twelve year old Tam. The book follows Tam as he begins work in a bear factory cleaning and feeding the caged animals for the 'Doctor'. What follows is a unsavoury glimse into the bear bile business to 'cure all ills'. I would think some scenes may be upsetting for younger children;

"They turned in their cages, pressing against the far bars. I could see the whites of their eyes. Some panted and made deep hooting sounds. I could feel my own heat thumping deep inside my chest. I could feel their fear."

My 11 year old said this is her favourite book and although a sensitive child hasn't been upset by what she read. She prefers it to White Dolphin and will definitely look out for more from this author who is becoming a favourite.

Would compare with Michael Morpurgo. Older children and adults can enjoy, Gill Lewis is able to deliver difficult subjects without being too heavy whilst still sending a clear message.
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By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Sept. 2013
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This deeply moving tale is set in Laos, twelve year old Tam's whole village upended to make way for development. He is transferred to the city, money earned there vital for sending back to the family's new home. His work involves tending bears housed in tiny cages, their bile regularly extracted as a lucrative alleged cure for every ailment.

What he sees sickens (and will sicken the reader), especially when a bear cub arrives so close to death. He nurses it back to health, and between them there grows a bond. What hopes for them both - surely there can be a better life?

Here is a disturbing eye-opener for innocents hitherto unaware of such practices. Meaningful thoughts are raised about conservation, priorities, loyalties - treachery from unexpected quarters, help from those who surprise. There is much to stir the emotions - not least the letter with such an important part to play.

Welcome here a novel with a great deal to offer. Do not be put off by a subject that seems so grim. The story gains much being narrated by young Tam himself - language appropriately simple, sentences short. With Tam so determined and appealing, most readers will yearn for all to end well. That is as may be. One thing is for sure: for Tam, bear cub and reader, this will have proved quite a journey.
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This book is about a young boy called Tam who lives in a village in Laos. Sadly the whole village have to move to make way for new developments. When they all arrive at their new village, Tam's father discovers too late, that mines inhabit their village. Leaving his family to fend for themselves Tam has a chance to earn some money and he is sent to the city to work on a bear farm.

His job is feeding and cleaning the bears and generally working for the farm's doctor. One day a bear cub arrives called Sôok-dÌi (Good Luck) and Tam decides to look after him away from the doctor's watchful eye. Sôok-dÌi takes to Tam and they form a loving bond.

The Doctor makes his money by selling bear bile which supposedly has healthy properties and is used to cure illness.

This is a beautifully written story which is suitable for young and old alike and be prepared for lots of tears as it is an emotional rollercoaster but ultimately captures your heart. I defy anyone not to affected by this book.
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By Chris from Hampshire TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Feb. 2013
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While reading "Moon Bear" I found it hard to believe that it was a work of fiction and indeed written as a children's book.

From the first page you are drawn into the world of young Tam, a boy living a life of poverty in a mountaineous village, a boy who loves bears. Noy, Tam's friend, wants to go to the forest to try and find a bear cub. The idea is to sell it for $100 so they have money for their poor families. They find a mother bear a little way from her den. Tam goes into the den to search for the cub while Noy keeps watch. Just as Tam is coming out of the den with the bear cub, he finds mother bear standing in front of him and his fear kicks in. As luck would have it, something scares mother bear who picks up her cub and leaps across the river. In the distance there is the sound of the loggers who have started to clear the forest. Then, more rumbling sounds - thunder? - no, soldiers and trucks winding up from the Mekong Valley.

The story goes on to tell about Tam and his family having to leave their mountain village on the orders of General Chan, to live in a new village in the Mekong Valley - a place where the General promises them all so much more - a better life. As they looked backwards, all they could see were plumes of smoke rising from their old mountain village - there would be no going back.

The villagers start their new life and big changes are about to take place. General Chan sends Tam to work on a farm in the city - a bear farm. Nothing is as Tam expects it to be and he makes it his goal to save and care for these bears. Along the way he learns of the treachery of people but also makes new friends.

I do not want to tell you any more details about the story because it will spoil the read.
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