There Will Be Bears

There Will Be Bears

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Thirteen-year-old Tyson loves hanging out with his roughneck grandfather, Gene, who's a lot more fun than Tyson's former best friend, Brighton. So when Grandpa Gene prepares to move to a nursing home that can manage his kidney disease, Tyson feels like he's losing his only friend. Not only that, but Tyson was counting on Grandpa Gene to take him on his first big hunt. So in defiance of Mom and Dad's strict orders, and despite reports of a scary, stalking, man-eating grizzly, the two sneak off to the Grand Tetons. There will be action, there will be heart-pounding suspense, and, oh yes, there will be bears. . . .
Debut novelist Gebhart reveals an uncanny knack for getting inside the brain of a teenage boy wrestling with changing relationships and an onslaught of disappointments.-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 140 x 193 x 20mm | 272g
  • English
  • Prebound edition
  • Bound for Schools & Libraries ed.
  • 0606379428
  • 9780606379427

Review quote

Debut novelist Gebhart reveals an uncanny knack for getting inside the brain of a teenage boy wrestling with changing relationships and an onslaught of disappointments. ... Fully developed characters, complex and realistic relationships (especially between Tyson and Gramps), and Tyson's spot-on narrative voice which balances faux bravado, risque humor, and real emotional pain make this story stand out.
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Tyson is quirky, awkward and lovable; a perfect middle school boy. He is also, at times, laugh-out-loud funny, but his best qualities are his fierce love for his family and his unwavering desire to be true to himself. ... Occasionally salty vocabulary and adolescent innuendo are developmentally spot-on. A quirky, sweet adventure for middle school boys.
Kirkus Reviews
Gebhart's debut depicts the anger and emotion of adolescence without the angst; Tyson remains a likable oddball throughout. Unapologetic in his love of bears, Taylor Swift, and having his grandpa as his BFF, Tyson's eccentricities serve both as strengths and challenges as he matures. What results is a compelling and heartfelt story with just the right amount of humor. This should appeal to fans of Jordan Sonnenblick and to middle-school boys in general. And don't worry, there will, in fact, be bears.
Gebhart crafts a satisfyingly complicated realistic drama that deals with big issues. ... Tyson is a likable protagonist in a well-paced tale that will hold young readers in its grip.
The Horn Book
Tyson eventually manages a thrilling and satisfying hunting excursion. In the end, this adventure story perfectly illustrates the complexity, awkwardness, and uncertainty of transitioning between childhood and young-adulthood.
Library Media Connection
This charming coming-of-age story offers an elusive balance of humorous and poignant moments. Gebhart's firsthand experience field dressing elk lends unique and dramatic details to the familiar story of a boy coming to terms with his beloved grandfather's aging. Tyson is a likable protagonist whose transition from childhood to adulthood will be enjoyed by both boys and girls.
The book is strongly written, and Tyson's emotional turmoil, which he glibly covers with barbed observations and self-deprecating humor, is painfully real. The gorily precise details of the elk kill and butchering also add compelling dimension to a familiar story of coming to terms with the debility of a beloved grandparent. Family stories and adventure tales are often relegated to separate pigeonholes, and this title offers fresh crossover appeal.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Tyson's narration lends immediacy to the emotional development... This should be an easy sell to younger middle schoolers, especially where hunting is a popular activity.
School Library Journal
An engaging ... tale of two clean-boweled miscreants who steal away from the forces of authority to go hunting in the Grand Tetons of Wyoming. ... They emerge two days later, staggered by frights and adventures and, in Tyson's case, newly wise about age and aging.
The Wall Street Journal
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About Ryan Gebhart

Ryan Gebhart says of There Will Be Bears, his first novel, This book was inspired by a gig working at a hunting ranch in the Grand Tetons, where I got firsthand experience in field dressing an elk. Ryan Gebhart lives in Ohio.
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583 ratings
3.75 out of 5 stars
5 24% (139)
4 36% (211)
3 32% (187)
2 7% (41)
1 1% (5)
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