The Resource Secrets of Bearhaven, Book one, K.E. Rocha

Secrets of Bearhaven, Book one, K.E. Rocha

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Secrets of Bearhaven, Book one
Title
Secrets of Bearhaven
Title number
Book one
Statement of responsibility
K.E. Rocha
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
When Spencer Plain's uncle pulls him out of school, and they find themselves being chased by a strange car, Spencer does not know what is going on--but soon he is rescued from the woods by a bear, and taken to Bearhaven, a secret refuge his parents created, filled with bears who can talk, where, desperate to find his parents, he and a bear cub named Kate decide to take matters into their own hands
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  • Grades 4-7 In this fast-paced sci-fi mystery, two bear-rights activists disappear, and their 11-year-old son, Spencer, sets out to find them. The action never flags: a high-speed chase ends with Spencer jumping out of a moving vehicle and taking refuge in the woods to avoid capture. There he’s met by a talking bear who escorts him to Bearhaven, a sanctuary populated by a friendly bear family who say they were rescued by his parents. After the initial shock of being able to communicate with bears via implanted translators wears off, Spencer befriends Kate, a young bear cub. These bears are determined to help rescue others who are being used in brutal bear-baying competitions, where a bear is pitted against a team of dogs. Despite the implausibility of bears that talk, play video games, train as guards, and go to school, this is a fun, exciting series start with creepy villains and a boy hero who outthinks and outwits the adults, conquering his fears in the process. -- Rawlins, Sharon (Reviewed 12-15-2015) (Booklist, vol 112, number 8, p55)
  • Gr 4 – 7 — Fans of Erin Hunter's "Seekers" series (HarperCollins) and Hoot by Carl Hiaasen (Knopf, 2002) looking for a new series will enjoy this animal adventure novel. Spencer's parents are bear activists; they are constantly working to save the creatures from human-made and environmental danger. Spencer doesn't know how important the bears are until his father is kidnapped. To keep Spencer safe, his uncle takes him out of school and rushes him to a secret sanctuary in the woods called Bearhaven, a place complete with its own set of politics. The bears even have a special device that translates "bear speech" into English. Once Spencer arrives, a plan to rescue his father is formed. The action reaches an exciting climax with this daring rescue attempt, which, in conjunction with short chapters and the fast-paced plot, will have readers breathlessly turning pages. Although talking animal books are far from unusual, Rocha adds a unique spin to the genre in the creation of the fantastical Bearhaven. The ending sets up for a sequel. VERDICT A solid purchase for fans of animal adventure stories and eco-mysteries, this work will also appeal to reluctant readers.—Patrick Tierney, Dr. Martin Luther King Elementary School, Providence, RI --Patrick Tierney (Reviewed October 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 10, p94)
  • When Spencer's parents go missing, he's tossed into a conspiracy of bear-abuse networks and talking bears. Spencer's mom and dad run a foundation that sends them on missions to rescue abused bears. Suddenly, his uncle Mark pulls him out of school (and into a car chase) because they've gone missing. Mark sends Spencer alone into the forest, where a good friend will be waiting to help him—but it's a bear with a translator that allows him to communicate with Mark. The translators were developed by Professor Weaver, whom Mark's parents met while in college, and a bear (hilariously) also named Professor Weaver. At secret, high-tech Bearhaven, all bears wear translators and live normal, humanlike lives with school, video games, a restaurant, and even water aerobics. Spencer stays with (bear) Professor Weaver's family, befriends Kate the cub, and learns about the bear-abuse networks. These revolve around bear baying, brutally described, in which dogs attack chained and often declawed and defanged bears. He also learns about his parents' nemeses: their college's former live-mascot handler and her brother. The football helmet-wearing muscle of their team, the brother is also possibly developmentally delayed, a condition that's distressingly played for laughs. When preparation fails to win Spencer a spot on a rescue mission, he turns to stealth. The ending sets up the next in the series. While the story is not remotely realistic, it finds strength in silliness and periodic action sequences. (Fantasy. 8-11)(Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10459713
Cataloging source
NJQ/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rocha, K. E
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
800L
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Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 7
Reading level
5.2
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Bearhaven
Series volume
book one
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Bears
  • Human-animal communication
  • Friendship
  • Rescues
  • Secrecy
  • Parent and child
  • Bears
  • Human-animal communication
  • Friendship
  • Rescues
  • Secrets
  • Parent and child
  • Bears
  • Friendship
  • Human-animal communication
  • Parent and child
  • Rescues
  • Secrecy
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Secrets of Bearhaven, Book one, K.E. Rocha
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Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1475612
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
244 pages
Isbn
9780545813037
Lccn
2015007040
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780545813037
  • (OCoLC)904506012
Label
Secrets of Bearhaven, Book one, K.E. Rocha
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1475612
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
244 pages
Isbn
9780545813037
Lccn
2015007040
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780545813037
  • (OCoLC)904506012

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