Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted by Rose City Reader and as she says the idea of this memeis
for you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book
you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the
sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the
opener inspires. Please remember to include the title
of the book and the author's name. There's a linky list on
the website and you can use #BookBeginnings on Twitter.
This is the second time I've posted this as the first one I accidentally deleted this morning (as you can imagine I wasn't pleased). I've since finished the book and liked the beginning and found the last chapter heartbreaking, however everything inbetween was disappointing and I've given it a 3 star rating on Goodreads. I didn't find the child narrator in this story as convincing as in others such as Room and The Night Rainbow.
The Bear by Claire Cameron
I can hear the air going in and out of my brother's nose. I am awake. He is two years old and almost three and he bugs me lots of times because I am five years old and soon I will be six but it is warm sleeping next to him.
While camping with her
family on a remote island, five-year-old Anna awakes in the night to the
sound of her mother screaming. A rogue black bear, three hundred pounds
of fury, is attacking the family's campsite -- and pouncing on her
parents as prey.
At her dying mother's faint urging, Anna manages
to get her brother into the family's canoe and paddle away. But when
the canoe runs aground on the edge of the woods, the sister and brother
must battle hunger, the elements, and a wilderness alive with danger.
Lost and completely alone, they find that their only hope resides in
Anna's heartbreaking love for her family, and her struggle to be brave
when nothing in her world seems safe anymore.
This is a story
with a small narrator and a big heart. Cameron gracefully plumbs Anna's
young perspective on family, responsibility, and hope, charting both a
tragically premature loss of innocence and a startling evolution as Anna
reasons through the impossible situations that confront her.