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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 veAfter 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....

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Emory's Gift Reviews

  • Charlie
    2019-05-10 12:48

    This book is absolutely fantastic! I was a huge fan of "A Dog's Purpose," written by the same author, and I can say without reservation that this one is every bit as satisfying. I am always nervous when an author I like decides to go in a different direction like this, but "Emory's Gift" is proof in my eyes that this author has more stories to tell. Personally, I'll be reading W. Bruce Cameron novels as long as he writes them. Truthfully, my opinion may be somewhat biased because I have recently begun helping to administer a facebook fanpage for ADP, but I think it just goes to show how wonderful this book really is. As for this book, it was an unexpected treasure. It hooks you from word one, immediately interesting, keeping your interest throughout and leaves you yearning for more. It is the type of book that you'll contemplate re-reading the moment you finish. Like his last one, this book is a joy to read, the characters are very real and easy to connect with, and by the end you'll feel the way you do after a long vacation; it is refreshing and moving, you'll laugh and cry and you'll return to your life with a new and wonderful perspective. It reminds me of the books that first got me hooked on reading as a young man. Novels like "Ender's Game" and "Catcher in the Rye" come to mind. It takes a book of exceptionally high quality and readability to get someone reading at that time of life, and this one is of that caliber, without a doubt. I wish I had a young person to buy it for! Do yourself a favor and buy two copies of "Emory's Gift." One to keep for yourself and one to give away, you won't regret it.

  • Peggy Tibbetts
    2019-05-12 11:17

    “Emory’s Gift” is an extraordinary story about a boy and a grizzly bear. At age thirteen, Charlie Hall’s life is in shambles. He watched his mother die a long, slow death from cancer, his dad is depressed, and he dreads the eighth grade. Charlie finds refuge from the despair and embarrassment of his life in the natural world that surrounds their isolated property in northern Idaho. One day while trout fishing in the creek Charlie is stalked by a hungry mountain lion when a grizzly bear comes to his rescue and changes his life forever. Much about the peculiar bear is mysterious. For instance he has a name, Emory. Even so, the relationship between him and Charlie comes across as authentic. Emory allows Charlie to be near him as long as he respects his space and feeds him, otherwise he ignores him. For the most part, he behaves like a bear. But Emory is a grizzly bear, which creates all the utter mayhem and anxious suspense of a loaded gun as the story unfolds. At any moment, everyone – including Charlie – expects him to act like a grizzly bear. Cameron’s witty and angst-ridden style reads easily and enticingly, like a memoir. Even though this is fiction, it contains a taste of magical realism so seductive it made me wish it was all true. The mystery of “Emory’s Gift” endures beyond the last page which makes this book destined to become a classic for all ages.

  • Jessica Kale
    2019-05-03 11:08

    As a person that utterly loved A Dog's Purpose...I even named my new dog, Ellie, after the Ellie in the book...I hate to write this but...I was really disappointed with this book. From the first chapter I felt the story was so terribly sad. Charlie's relationship with his sad. As the book went on I kept on waiting for something really interesting to happen with Emory...and I didn't feel it. Even at the end I was sort of..."that's it?" I wanted to really enjoy this book but it just didn't work for me.But....on the positive side I was still captured by Cameron's writing style. And even though I didn't like the plot I still got a little teary eyed at the end. I wouldn't say this is a bad book, far from it, but it wasn't what I was expecting after A Dog's Purpose.

  • Pattycakelady
    2019-05-14 12:56

    Fans of A Dog's Purpose may love this one even more! I was lucky enough to read the blockbuster "A Dog's Purpose" before it became a huge bestseller, and I guess now it's going to be movie from Dreamworks. Because of that, they let me read W. Bruce Cameron's newest novel early, and I have to say, though I'm a huge A Dog's Purpose fan, it's possible I loved this one even more. The unexpected plot twists kept me turning pages on this one long after I'd decided to put the book down for the night. I was swept up in the stories of the characters, who are all so realistically drawn I came to feel as if I knew them in real life. This is the story of a father and his son who grapple with the need to move on with their lives after the death of the woman who was holding the family together. A chance encounter with a grizzly bear changes everything-the boy and his father must save the bear, and, in so doing, learn to be a family again. Just as A Dog's Purpose was told in the voice of a real dog, Emory's Gift is told in the voice of a real 13-year-old-boy. His take on things is often hilarious (he seems to have a crush on just about every girl in his life) and yet rings utterly true when he faces the challenges of being an eighth grader, with all of its attendant social agonies.Bottom line: I laughed many times reading this beautifully written book, but also I cried tears of joy and recognition. This novel is an utter delight. Note: The spiritual themes in this book are even deeper and more profound than those in A Dog's Purpose. Cameron is one of the few novelists out there who isn't afraid to talk about big issues, God, the meaning of life, the nature of faith. It's courageous in a literary climate where the big trends are toward everything being depressing, and "dystopian." I like to read a book that uplifts me, and makes me think. Cameron keeps turning them out! This one will satisfy me until the sequel of A Dog's Purpose comes out...can't wait!

  • Dee Walters
    2019-05-14 11:53

    Got this on my Nook because I'm such a huge fan of this author, and I think I loved this book even more! As a Christian, I love books (like the Narnia series) that explore the topic of God's Love through the magical world of animals. A Dog's Purpose touched on that theme, but this book takes the idea further. This story reads like a true fable, and you come away thrilled, entertained, and yet comforted from a spiritual perspective. I hope others who review it will be careful not to do plot spoilers, as there are some twists in this book that are best left discovered during the read. Cameron is my new favorite author!

  • Laury Kerr
    2019-05-12 14:49

    I just LOVE this book so much. I read it in 2 days, it was funny, sad, and made you wonder. I really didn't want it to end.

  • Holly
    2019-05-19 08:02

    This is the second book of W. Bruce Cameron that I have read simultaneous to my 12 year old daughter's reading of the same book. We both loved A Dog's Purpose and worried that it would be a tough act to follow. This book did not disappoint. Both of us admitted to being reluctant to put the book down. Both of admitted that, on the same night, we had turned the lights off for the night and had to turn them back on -- to read just a little bit ore. Any reading that allows you to draw closer to your child and engage in great and meaningful conversation is wonderful enough in its own right. The fact that this story drew us both in made it even sweeter to savor. This book revolves around a middle school age boy, Charlie, who had just lost his mother to cancer. As Charlie tries to come to terms with his tremendous loss he also struggles to find new footing with his father who is lost in his own pain and grief. In the midst of processing all of this Charlie befriends, of all things, a grizzly bear. The bear ends up being something well beyond the average and has come to deliver a message. Both this book and A Dog's Purpose deal with the idea of reincarnation. I felt like this book did a nice job of balancing reincarnation with religious beliefs and it's led to some nice great discussions for my daughter and I. Even if you don't believe in reincarnation, I don't think it would draw from the magic that this story weaves. A thoroughly enjoyable, quick, read. My daughter and I would not hesitate to read anything else Cameron might go on to write.

  • Serena
    2019-04-29 08:58

    I was lucky enough to get a hold of an ARC of this amazing book. I was already a fan of A Dog's Purpose, and was nervous to read this because I wondered if I would like it as much as I had loved the other. I shouldn't have bothered to worry as this book is as good, and yet totally different from A Dog's Purpose. Mostly what I am left with is the spiritual profundity of this book's message. Not to plot spoil, but for me, this book is truly a Christian allegory, another way of seeing how messages of complete love and spiritual enlightenment can become complicated in this oh-so-flawed human world. Something about the purity of the animals that Cameron chooses to tell stories with and through helps these universal messages of love he conveys to shine through. And it's funny! And it's sweet...and it's so very romantic, in the kind of real-life flawed and awkward way that makes you believe these characters are as true and real as anyone you've ever met. I devoured this and can't wait for whatever this author has coming up next. I'm a huge fan and I am SO thrilled to have read this! More, Mr. Cameron, more!

  • Christine
    2019-05-19 08:02

    Another W. Bruce Cameron book that I couldn't put down! This is the story of Charlie, a 13 year old boy, and a grizzly bear with extraordinary abilities. In a change from A Dog's Purpose and A Dog's Journey, this story is narrated by the boy, not told from the animal's perspective. Charlie has some problems in his life. He recently lost his mother, communication with his father is non-existent, and he has problems at school. Then he meets Emory, a grizzly bear with "special" skills. When Emory displayed his talent (which I will not reveal), I began to wonder what kind of book I was reading. Was this a book for adults, or perhaps a fable for young adult readers. When I finished the book I was convinced that it was for both. There was enough fantasy for the young and young at heart, but enough doubt cast to satisfy all "realists", or adults who don't believe in fairy tales. Did it really happen? Even Charlie questions if it did...

  • Cathi95
    2019-05-22 10:00

    (Fiction Fantasy 2011) I borrowed this book from a friend a few months ago and took forever to get to it - my mistake! This book is delightful! "Thirteen-year-old Charlie's mother dies and his father retreats into silence." Set in 1974, northern Idaho, it is an amazing story of Charlie and his father coming to terms with the reality of death and the unreality of an amazing Grizzly Bear who helps him to find himself. To quote the cover, "not only a 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." There are definitely some quirks in the tale which I loved. Great story!

  • Mary
    2019-05-16 14:09

    A young boy named Charlie loses his mother to cancer. He and his dad tiptoe around each other at home, unsure how to relate to each other. One day in the woods, Charlie finds himself face to face with a great big grizzly bear . . . . Then a miracle happens. To read my full review, visit

  • Julia
    2019-05-11 11:04

    Rating: 3.5Ah. The perils of middle school. But for thirteen year old Charlie, things are a little worse. He is by far the scrawniest 8th grader, and with no friends and his mother gone, he has nobody to guide him. That is until Emory, the grizzly that seems to be as unafraid of him as he is of it. I did enjoy the story - I picked it up because of a friend, and was quite taken by Charlie's story. Rather than write one of my regular review, here is a scene that made me smile: The phone didn't ring much in the house, so when it did and I went to answer it my father followed me and stood looking at me with a questioning look on his face. I said hello and for a second there was no response, and then I heard Beth's voice. "Charlie?" I waved at my dad that the call was for me. He cocked his head, not leaving, curious who it was. I turned my back on him, the cord wrapping around my torso. "I'm glad your phone got fixed." Beth was saying. "What?" "Your phone. I'm glad they fixed it. That is why you haven't called me, because your telephone has been out of order, right?" I found myself grinning. "Was I supposed to call you?" "I don't know, Charlie, were you supposed to call me?" "Um..." "So anyway, I was checking to see if your phone was working. Bye, Charlie." She disconnected. I stared at the phone in disbelief. "Who was that?" my dad asked. "Beth Shelburton." "Oh-h-h," he replied, drawing the word out so I'd know he was jumping to all kinds of conclusions. I felt my face flushing. "It's not what you think," I told him icily. He nodded. "Okay." "She was just checking to see if our phone was working." That one puzzled him, too. "Okay," he said again, sounding less sure of himself. That was Beth; she had the ability to confound even men as old as my dad.I walked out of the kitchen as if the entire incident were behind me. I went out to the pole barn, but Emory was gone, probably out eating fifty acres of huckleberries. I scuffed my feet on the driveway a little and then went back into the house and asked my dad for the Shelburtons' phone number. Her brother answered and then, with a taunt in his voice, called out to Beth, telling her it was a "boy" on the phone and making all sorts of irritating love noises in the background while she picked up the receiver. There was a short scuffling that ended in a muffled gasp - it sounded as if she had hit him in the head with something heavy."Hello?" "Hi, Beth." "Hi. Who's calling please?" "It's me, Charlie." "Why, Charlie, what a nice surprise!" She just had a talent for making me grin like an idiot.

  • Cathe Olson
    2019-05-09 08:12

    13-year-old Charlie, still grieving the loss of his mother, is having a hard time dealing with his uncommunicative father and the trials of being an 8th grade outcast. While out in the woods, he is befriended by a tame Grizzly Bear who claims to be a reincarnated civil war soldier with a message. When Charlie shelters the bear in his barn, things spiral out of control. There was a lot I liked about the book--I liked Charlie and his budding romance with 7th grader Beth; the book moved well and I was kept in suspense waiting to find out what would happen with the bear and what the message would be . . . but what downgraded my rating from a 4 to a 3 was the message itself. The other things that bothered me was that I had no idea this was a religious book--and would have liked to know that upfront. I'm also still not clear who the intended audience of the book is. From the description, I thought the book would be a good one for my elementary school library, but after reading it, it seems written more for adults . . . especially the prologue. I may run it by one of my advanced reader sixth graders to get a reaction.

  • Brian
    2019-05-18 14:54

    This is a cute somewhat well written story. It's not the deepest plot, I'm not a huge fan of cute animal stories. However this was a pretty good one. A boy meets a bear who becomes his friend. The bear causes an uproar in the community. The boy also deals with his cold father who is dealing with the loss of his wife and the boys mother. I would recommend this for someone who enjoys books about animals and tear jerkers.

  • Lynn Porter
    2019-04-24 13:14

    EmoryA whirlpool of vivid, wrenching emotions throws me into various truths as I release the last set held. This book will keep me conjecturing for many many months. Thank you.

  • Elsie Laming
    2019-05-20 16:01

    I loved the book, it was amazing!

  • MaryAnn
    2019-05-15 09:08

    I love this book!!!

  • Yvonned
    2019-04-24 11:06

    Great coming of age novel. Universal appeal love this author .

  • Kwirebaugh
    2019-05-14 14:08

    Fantastic read! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it!!!

  • Jackson Sennhenn
    2019-05-09 16:10

    I read this book over the course of 2 weeks, as normally I do so in around a half a week. This book was long and slow, while it contained no full plots. They were all... Undecided. There just isn’t much I can say about this book. It didn’t stick with me like others.

  • Camryn Strahm
    2019-05-21 15:14

    It was a little boring.

  • Ellen
    2019-05-14 08:58

    I didn't want the story to end. W. Bruce Cameron spins a sensitive almost believable tale about an adolescent boy and a grizzly bear named Emory. Definitely a great adventure!

  • Victoria Ting
    2019-05-16 09:50

    I decided to read Emory’s Gift because I enjoyed two other dog books by W. Bruce Cameron. This novel did not disappoint me. Cameron’s style of writing is very unique and fluent, which makes me feel as if I understand every detail of the novel. Though this book seemed a little bit too ‘childish’ for my preference, I was still drawn into the book and felt engaged. I gave this book a 4 star rating because I felt it didn't have enough drama. Despite the fact that it dragged on and similar situations happened throughout the novel, I liked the story line and style of writing in this book.This novel completes the ‘book with a male main character’ box. This is an interesting category because it suggests that a novel with a male main character is quite different to a novel with a female main character. I like this category because there many novels with a male main character, so it gives the reader a very wide range of books to read from.A quote that I like from the novel was “The pain inside me felt exactly the same as when they told me my mother was gone for good. I’d never had a chance to tell her good-bye, tell her how much I would miss her. That’s what hurt, even now, even today I missed her so very much and I never got a chance to tell her. I could barely see through my tears, but I keep running.”I like this quote because I found it very moving. The boy, Charlie, did not get the chance to say good-bye to the bear, Emory, who had been living in their barn. The fact that he felt the same way about this as when his mother passed away, gave me a saddened feeling. It made me feel sorry for Charlie because of what he had been through and what had happened to him.Something new I learned from this book is courage. Charlie always persevered through all situations, tried something new and was different from other students. Because they knew that Emory was different from other bears, Charlie and his father disobeyed the law and took care of this bear in their barn. Through many tough situations, they never gave up on Emory. They did what they knew was right and in the end everything turned out. I think that it just takes a little courage to make a difference.A character that interested me was McHenry. McHenry was a hunter with dogs that tracked down grizzlies. He would always shoot anything he wanted with no feelings. At one point in the book, it got to the point when he’d tracked Emory in the woods. Charlie, who had followed him to save Emory, attempted to kill him, thinking that nothing would stop McHenry from earning a kill. But Emory had saved McHenry from Charlie; Emory forgave McHenry. From then on, McHenry did everything he could to go against the police to save Emory. I think that McHenry was the most interesting character because his opinion of hunting had completely changed when a bear had saved his life. He tried his best to always be there for Emory, and in my opinion, that’s truly showed his appreciation. I believe that we should learn to forgive and be thankful for what others have done for us.

  • Em
    2019-05-22 13:10

    Delightful, imaginative, loved it, a relaxing and sweet read. This has another reincarnation theme (like A Dog's Purpose), but just suspend disbelief and let it wash over you. The story is about a preteen boy and his father, grieving for their recently deceased mother and wife. The boy meets the bear in a fairly realistic scene while he's fishing. The bear has special gifts and seems to be the reincarnation of a Civil War era soldier. The story line gets on a fairly predictable, but still thoroughly enjoyable track, including school bullies, young (and not so young) love, discovery of the bear by the bullies and allies, town craziness, etc. Fun seeing it all play out. Heartwarming message from the bear. This is certainly a "feel good" story, and who can't benefit from and love that!

  • Malcolm
    2019-04-28 07:52

    Thirteen-year-old Charlie Carter lives with his father on a road adjacent to a forest and a creek that are perfect for exploring. As the book begins, Charlie is still hurting over the recent death of his mother, feels unloved by a father who seldom speaks to him, and invisible at school where he's not in any of the in-groups. Then he meets a grizzly bear in the woods and everything begins to change.The story is an enjoyable read about a young man whose feelings are probably similar to those of many young men. Many lose parents, have unfulfilled relationships with parents, and feel out of every possible loop at school. The author handles these scenes realistically and with apparent knowledge about what it might be like to be Charlie Carter. Charlie has a well-handled wry sense of humor about his lot in life that gives a wonderful flavor to the story.There's no way to say anything else about the plot without introducing spoilers into the review. Suffice it to say, the changes in Charlie's life--including reactions by others--after he stumbles across the grizzly proceed the way one would expect them to proceed without becoming predictable. The plot is believable, especially to those who grow up in small towns, see how publicity can intrude into one's life, or have an appreciation for wilderness and wild critters.My rationale behind the four-star rating comes because the "gift" referred to in the book's title seems less memorable than most readers will expect. This doesn't mean the gift isn't meaningful, just that after the build-up, it's anticlimactic and not quite enough. Fortunately, after the gift is presented, the story isn't over as we learn more about the lives of the principal characters. The book reads well and gives readers something to think about when if comes to the lives of bears and the space they require.

  • jv poore
    2019-05-01 07:55

    As the 5 star rating indicates, I think this book is amazing. The central theme is about a 13 year old boy befriending a grizzly bear, only the bear (Emory) is more than an ordinary bear. Now, is that meant literally, or figuratively? Great question. The reader determines that. The relationship that develops is bittersweet. Even in a novel, a grizzly bear just can't be a pet. As the impossibility of the situation becomes real, the friendship between boy and bear grows and blooms. This storyline alone would have made for a fabulous book, but there is more. Much more.It quickly becomes apparent that the Boy is being raised by only one parent. Unfortunately, it appears that this parent is so enveloped in grief, that the Boy feels alone. We see the struggles of being in 8th grade at a junior high school that has 7th, 8th and 9th grade. Boys that were friendly last year have become bullies, with no apparent reason. Now instead of exchanging greetings, there are taunts and harsh words. What would jr. high be without the crush on the cute girl?All of these are beautifully woven together around the central story of boy befriending bear, realizing that bear can't be pet, and the decisions that must be made. Oh, and the whole---is the bear more than a bear. I devoured this book, laughing out loud a couple of times, crying alot! I will absolutely read more my Mr. Cameron.

  • Shonna Froebel
    2019-05-11 08:10

    This is a magical novel of a few months in the life of a boy. Charlie Hall finds himself a boy with few friends the summer before he starts eighth grade. He lives out of town and with his mother dying earlier in the year, a divide has been created between him and the other boys. As Charlie wanders around the creek and woods near his home, he encounters a grizzly bear, a rarity in northern Idaho. This is not your usual grizzly bear. Charlie feels a connection to the bear and apparently the bear feels the connection too.As Charlie starts school, he finds that most other boys in his grade have had a growth spurt, that he didn't have, and he feels even more alone when his supposed friend Danny spurns him. Three things help him through: his ability to run, which gains him some new friends at school; his first love, who seems to feel strongly about him too; and Emory, the bear.As the existence of Emory begins to become more widely known, Charlie's distant relationship with his father is tested, and so are other relationships. The bear has a message, but how will it give it, and what its meaning is will take time to discover.This is a special book about love, faith, and trust and how they can heal.

  • Eddie
    2019-05-01 15:00

    I can easily round this book up to 4.5-star rating... Will review later...Now that I think about this book a couple weeks after completing it, I now realize two different things when it comes to my overall opinion of it. The overall writing and character development is really quite good, but on the other hand the "message" the book delivers through the bear was kind of a letdown. "God loves all." Really? OK, I'm a non-believer, but even if I were, I'd still think it was a cheesy thing to throw in there. Now, the way he made the bear out to be human-like actually worked. I mean, right there, I'd normally think, phooey, I need to give this book a one or two-star rating! But oddly, that part worked for me. Why didn't the message work for me? Its not because I'm atheist and have problems with hearing such messages, because I don't. I just think it was way too over simplified and, again, cheesy. Period. So, as much as I loved the characters and the writing, I think I'm going to have to change my rating to a 3.5-star and call it a day.

  • Pamela Kramer
    2019-05-14 09:07

    Emory's Gift by W. Bruce Cameron is different from Cameron's A Dog's Purpose in an important way. A Dog's Purpose was a book about a dog and the various lives it lived until finally, the dog found its reason, or purpose, for living.Emory's Gift, while featuring a grizzly bear, is about Charlie Hall, a thirteen-year-old whose mother has died. He is dealing with his own grief, his own guilt, and trying to fit in at junior high school.His father has withdrawn in his own grief and the two almost never really talk. They coexist, but there is no real communication between them. In the beginning of the book, Charlie doesn't really have any friends. When he is fishing alone in the creek behind his house in the Idaho countryside, he is threatened by a cougar. Charlie is sure he's a goner.That is, until the cougar runs away and Charlie turns around to find a grizzly bear behind him.Continue reading on Emory's Gift by W. Bruce Cameron - National Book |

  • Cherry
    2019-05-14 12:15

    This was nice and easy to read, with some really good parts. I was on the edge of my seat, though, wondering what was going to happen, and what did happen was something of an anticlimax. I noted in my review of 'A dog's purpose' that the writing was very human-centric; less how a dog would think, and more how a person pretending to be a dog might think. This was the same. It wasn't really a book about a boy befriending a bear, because the bear (view spoiler)['s body was just being used. Except for the hug at the end, it wasn't even the bear's mind. I wanted a nice heartwarming story about a bear befriending a boy, not a big reminder that most people believe that humans are unique in our emotions and wisdom.(hide spoiler)] A book by a human, for humans. I'm not sure bears would enjoy it.