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Paperback, 5.5″ x 8″
197 pages
ISBN 978-1-63381-211-6

written by Rae Chalmers
illustrated by Jamie Hogan
Bear loses his temper after being bullied and fails his first week of sixth grade. Suspended from school and feeling like a loser, he is sent to his grandmother’s home on Oxbow Island. With the help of his island friends, he is determined to succeed and catch whoever is harming the island’s beavers and their habitat.* * *When 11-year-old Bear gets suspended from school and sent to his grandmother’s house on Oxbow Island, the last thing he expects is that he will be assembling an unlikely gang of feisty rebels who unite to protect animals and plants. Though they are chasing down bad guys—with ingenuity and flair—they’re really protecting a community where people take care of each other and the places they love. There’s much to be learned from Bear and his new friends in this charming, heartfelt adventure.
—Melissa Kim, author of A Snowy Owl Story and A Monarch Butterfly StoryBear has an odd posse of new friends to help him catch a poacher and eight days to work it all out. Throw in some wonderful illustrations, and young readers will have a book that makes them smile as they learn about the environment. I wish I’d known Bear when I was a kid.
—Cathie Pelletier, author of The Summer Experiment for middle-grade readers, The Funeral Makers, The Weight of Winter, and ten other novels


Rae Chalmers began her teaching career in a two-room schoolhouse on Great Cranberry Island. Since then she has had the good fortune to live, work, and explore on many Maine islands with her family and dogs.

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