The water bears

by Baker, Kimberly,

Format: Print Book 2020
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 9 copies
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Bridgeville Public Library Public Library Children's Fiction JUV FIC BAK
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Coraopolis Memorial Library Juvenile Fiction J FIC BAK
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"With warmth and humor, Kim Baker conjures a magical tale of finding the most elusive creature of all: one's true self." --Kirby Larson, author of the New York Times bestseller and Newbery Honor winner Hattie Big Sky and the Audacity Jones series

A quirky, empowering story about a boy recovering from a bear attack with the help of his friends and maybe, some magic. For fans of Lemons by Melissa Savage, Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones, and The Canning Season by Polly Horvath.

Newt Gomez has a thing with bears. Last year he survived a bear attack. And this year, he finds an unusual bear statue that just might grant wishes. Newt's best friend, Ethan, notices a wishbone on the statue and decides to make a wish. When it comes true, Newt thinks it's a coincidence. Even as more people wish on the bear and their wishes come true, Newt is not convinced.

But Newt has a wish too: while he loves his home on eccentric Murphy Island, he wants to go to middle school on the mainland, where his warm extended family lives. There, he's not the only Latinx kid, he won't have to drive the former taco truck--a gift from his parents--and he won't have to perform in the talent show. Most importantly, on the mainland, he never has bad dreams about the attack. Newt is almost ready to make a secret wish when everything changes.

Tackling themes of survival and self-acceptance, Newt's story illuminates the magic in our world, where reality is often uncertain but always full of salvageable wonders.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Baker's thrilling caper introduces readers to 13-year-old Newt, who feels out of place as the only Latinx kid on Murphy Island. Despite having good grades and friends, he wants to transfer to the mainland high school and live with his extended family. Newt suffers from PTSD after surviving a bear attack, so when a mysterious bear statue, purported to grant wishes, surfaces in the lake, it turns his world upside down. Baker's feel-good novel explores trauma, identity, survival, belonging, and friendship in a world that may or may not harbor actual magic. The characters and setting are infused with the author's personal Latinx experiences, resulting in a whimsical island neighborhood that Newt is tempted to leave in order to let go of his past. Fans of The Goonies and treasure-hunt adventures will revel in Baker's vivid and diverse characters, snappy dialogue, and mystical clues that arise as Newt decides what things in life are worth holding on to and what need to be let go."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Ever since surviving a bear attack that scarred his leg, Mexican-American Newt Gomez, 13, has considered leaving tiny Murphy Island, a resort turned artist community, in hopes that moving to the mainland to stay with his extended family will alleviate his nightmares and give him a fresh start. A carved wooden bear that seems to grant wishes poses an opportunity to change his life, yet Newt is reluctant to believe in magic, despite his best friend's urgings. Instead, Newt gets wrapped up in other matters--preparing for the upcoming talent show; exploring the island with his new friend, Izzy; and driving the decommissioned taco truck his well-meaning parents gave him instead of a bike. But when the bear vanishes, Newt wonders if he's lost his chance at happiness. In a deliberately paced novel with a meandering story line, Baker (Pickle) contrasts Newt's everyday life and quiet desperation with his unusual surroundings and quirky neighbors. The ambiguity of the magical elements--such as the island's resident lake monster, Marvelo, and the wish-granting bear--reflect Newt's emotional uncertainty as he faces his traumas in this subtle, satisfying read. Ages 8--12. Agent: Sara Crowe, Pippin Properties. (Apr.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Wishes -- Juvenile fiction.
Islands -- Juvenile fiction.
Families -- Northwest, Pacific -- Juvenile fiction.
Latin Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Bear attacks -- Juvenile fiction.
Wishes -- Fiction.
Islands -- Fiction.
Family life -- Northwest, Pacific -- Fiction.
Latin Americans -- Fiction.
Bears -- Fiction.
Northwest, Pacific -- Juvenile fiction.
Northwest, Pacific -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Wendy Lamb Books,2020
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 265 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781984852205
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