Charlie is 13 and his mother just died after an extended fight with cancer. His dad is too wrapped up in his own grief to notice Charlie's problems. Then Charlie meets a grizzly bear. But, wait. This isn't a retelling of Gentle Ben. Cameron has written a beautiful tale about love and acceptance. Told in the first person by the grown-up Charlie, Cameron gets the tone of all the characters just right. And the story has a happy ending. I loved this one!