I have read a lot of books, and Gentle Ben is one of my favorites. There are a lot of books that have a story somewhat like this one, but this one stuck out. It is a good story about a kid named Mark and his pet bear named Ben. It may seem weird to have a pet bear, but this story takes place in an Alaskan fishing city. His dad makes a living by fishing salmon every year on a boat called the "Far North". Mark saves the bear from his evil neighbor, who keeps him chained up with little food and no outside light. The bear isn't accepted by the community, so Mark has to get rid of him. By reading this book, you will find out how Mark and Ben accomplish being together. It is a wonderful story about a boy and his pet.