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Gentle Ben [Paperback]

Walt Morey
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July 1976
Offers a touching tale of friendship as a thirteen-year-old boy forms a unique bond with an Alaskan brown bear, enhanced by detailed, black-and-white illustrations.
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"More than a fine animal story…. Gentle Ben is a memorable reading experience.” —Library Journal
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Anita Shreve is the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of Fortune's Rocks, The Pilot's Wife, The Weight of Water, Resistance, Eden Close, and Where or When. She teaches at Amherst College and lives in Longmeadow, Massachusetts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Ben Nov. 1 1998
By A Customer
This book is great. It is a good book but it also have alot of words that 9 year olds wouldn't understand if they didn't look them up. I'm 11 years old and almost 12 so I would have to say that you should have a good voabulary if you are interested in reading this book. Over all I give this book 5 stars. GREAT BOOK!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful Page-Turner! June 30 2004
Gentle Ben is a timeless classic about a boy and his... uh... bear! A wonderful, feel-good page turner that effortlessly sweeps you up into the wonderful world of Alaska with its majestic (and fearsome) Brownie bears! After only a few pages you grow to love Ben and Mark, and the constant threats on Ben's life by game hunters, townsfolk, and others keep you turning pages late into the night!
By the way, I am quite a slow reader. I read this book in 1.5 days.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Ben June 6 2002
The story takes place in Alaska just before the salmon season. In this part of Alaska this is the only time of year the town is full of people. It starts with a boy named Mark Anderson who is secretly hanging around a brown bear that has been chained up and not properly taken care of by a man named Fog Benson. After Marks parents Karl and Ellen find out about this they are angry but eventually they let him buy it from Fog so he can have it for himself. To pay for the bear Mark helps his dad with the fishing later Fog and some men attack Ben and then Ben hurts Fog Benson. This causes the whole town to be scared of Ben and they eventually have to take him and let him free on an island. Karl Anderson and another one of his fishing friends Claywater decide to help deliver the mail by boat to another city while out they get caught in a storm and Claywater dies. There boat is also destroyed. Since they don't have a boat anymore Karl Anderson takes a job at a fishing trap on an island where they meet up with Ben and protect him from Fog Benson and his hunting trips. In the end the hunters leave him alone and Ben lives safely on the island waiting for the Andersons to return next fishing season.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tame? (Gentle Ben) May 11 2000
By A Customer
This is a great book. I reccomend it for ages 8 and over.
Mark Anderson couldn't help himself. He just had to go see Ben. A man named Fog Benson had captured a bear and killed it mother when the bear cub was very young. He cried for hours because of his Mom so Fog named him "Squeaky Ben" after a cartoon character. As he grew up "Squeaky" was dropped. One day Fog asked Mark's father if he wanted to buy Ben. That was when Mark asked for Ben. Finally his Dad said yes because Ben would be good excersise for Mark. (Mark needed more excersise) But Mark's father wasn't sure he was tame.
This book has something sad in it, but I'm not telling what. (it's not bad I just want it to be a surprise) Anyways, Mark's father was a "salmon tenner" and he lost his boat in "the accident". So they helped someone with his trap and that's where they found Ben. (Ben had to be taken away and that's where he was taken to) That's when Mark's father decided Ben was tame.
There is a real surprise ending to this, and a really nice one too. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I do!
P.S. This man thought he couldn't write a book, but his wife told him he could. Well...she certainly was right!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully written work! Aug. 26 1999
By A Customer
This is one book I've had for many years, but it wore out, so I got a new copy, because I enjoy the story so much. It is a well written story about a seemingly unlikely and impossible relationship between a boy and a bear, and what's great is that the author doesn't "Disney-ize" the story, for there is also tragedy as well as the lighter moments. I especially enjoyed the way the author made his characters so convining and real, from the despicable and loathsome Fog Benson to the affectionate yet firm Mike Kelly. It is also a refreshing story in that Mark, the boy, also learns what it means to have a great responsibilty in having a bear. The author does a great job in portraying right as right, and wrong as wrong, yet isn't "preachy" about it. It's a book you can't put down the first time you read it. It is one of my favorite works of fiction, and though I am now an adult, I still enjoy reading this book. It's one I highly recommend for all to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Nov. 2 2003
By A Customer
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Gentle Big Bear Jan. 10 2001
By Adrian
Imagine yourself as a young, teenage boy with a gigantic 1000-pound grizzly for a pet that might be slaughtered. Gentle Ben by Walt Morey is a fascinating adventure story of a young boy named Mark and a great bear. Mark bought the big bear from Fog Benson, a drunkard. The town folks tell him "Get rid of the bear, or we'll shoot him''. What can Mark do? Read this exciting, glamorous story to find out the fate of this huge but gentle bear. Walt Morey is a great writer and has written Kavik the Wolf Dog and Home is the North and lots of more. This is the best adventure story I have ever read. You got to try Gentle Ben.
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