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The Bear House



by
Meaghan McIsaac

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Holiday House
Imprint
Holiday House
ISBN
9780823446605
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Violence: General
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In a gritty medieval world where the ruling houses are based on the constellations, betrayal, intrigue, and a king’s murder force the royal sisters of the Bear House on the run!

Moody Aster and her spoiled sister Ursula are the daughters of Jasper Lourdes, Major of Bears and lord of all the realm. Rivals, both girls dream of becoming the Bear queen someday, although neither really deserve to, having no particular talent in…well, anything.

But when their Uncle Bram murders their father in a bid for the crown, the girls are forced onto the run, along with lowly Dev the Bearkeeper and the Lourdes’s half-grown grizzly Alcor, symbol of their house. As a bitter struggle for the throne consumes the kingdom in civil war, the sisters must rely on Dev, the bear cub, and each other to survive—and find wells of courage, cunning, and skill they never knew they had.Map.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: General

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

368

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

5.1: points 14

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Dec 2021

Book Genres

Fantasy, Magic

Topics

Fantasy. Constellations. Kings, queens, and rulers. Sisters. Murder. Kingdoms. Bears. Survival.

 


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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-7-A group of young teens must deal with the aftermath of a terrible act of betrayal and make a place for themselves in their changed universe. Princesses Aster and Ursula are the daughters of the respected Major Jasper Lourdes, who is basically the high king of their world. After her father and most of the other Majors, plus their magical animal partners, are killed due to the machinations of his older brother Bram, Aster learns that she and her sister are considered spoiled brats by everyone. However, by the end of the book, the princesses prove capable of heroism. Truly wonderful world-building almost makes up for the stereotypical behavior of the young female characters, who seem selfish and lazy until forced to be otherwise, while the young male characters show resolve and agency as they deal with difficult problems before the events of the novel. The story ties up neatly, but many characters deserve future stories of their own. Most characters are cued as white. VERDICT A novel set in a compelling world marred by uneven characterization that does its female protagonists a disservice.-Mara Alpert

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-7-A group of young teens must deal with the aftermath of a terrible act of betrayal and make a place for themselves in their changed universe. Princesses Aster and Ursula are the daughters of the respected Major Jasper Lourdes, who is basically the high king of their world. After her father and most of the other Majors, plus their magical animal partners, are killed due to the machinations of his older brother Bram, Aster learns that she and her sister are considered spoiled brats by everyone. However, by the end of the book, the princesses prove capable of heroism. Truly wonderful world-building almost makes up for the stereotypical behavior of the young female characters, who seem selfish and lazy until forced to be otherwise, while the young male characters show resolve and agency as they deal with difficult problems before the events of the novel. The story ties up neatly, but many characters deserve future stories of their own. Most characters are cued as white. VERDICT A novel set in a compelling world marred by uneven characterization that does its female protagonists a disservice.-Mara Alpert

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