Once upon a time, in New York City, two girls meet a mysterious stranger, Bear, who comes to their door one winter night. Rose quickly befriends him, but Blanche is suspicious. To her, Bear seems to be a dangerous person who is hiding things. She's seen him covertly associate with the "drug crowd" at their high school and he tries to sell valuable church artifacts to shady dealers. He is somehow connected to the old abandoned church next to their high school.
But Rose is impressed by Bear's love and knowledge of literature and poetry. Taking her and Blanche to the opera confirms for her that Bear is trustworthy. And yet, as events unfold, even Rose must admit that Bear is hiding dangerous activities from them.
A classic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm comes to life as two very different sisters, timid Blanche and impulsive Rose, seek to discover Bear's identity and secret mission. New 2008 revision of a teen novel that has become a cult favorite with hundreds of readers.
"Once upon a time, in New York City..." These are two phrases I would have NEVER thought of putting together. How could that beautiful, romantic phrase that has enchanted children and adults alike for decades, that simple "once upon a time," go with a modern (and perhaps equally mysterious) phrase "In New York City?" Let me tell you... I don't know. But,Regina Doman has found the perfect way in which to combine them and peak the interest of teens and adults alike. The problem with modern fiction is that it is too much of a "fairytale" to even truly be a fairytale; it is too unreal to be real. Magic, vampires, and the like can be cool... but do they really have anything to do with reality? Regina Doman cleverly combines the elements of the classic (and yet somewhat unknown) fairytale of "Snow White and Rose Red" and applies those elements of life that are most real to our modern day: teens from very diverse backgrounds, New York - with... More > all its ups and downs, poetry, G.K. Chesterton, Atheism, Catholicism, and TRUE LOVE! This was a wonderful book, and it definitely helped me get my teen years off to a good start. The perfect blend of fiction and reality - the perfect fairytale!< Less
"A Modern Fairy Tale " "The Shadow of the Bear" is a really unique book. I was so excited when I found it because it is truly a rare find. It is partly a mystery, partly a coming of age story for Rose and Blanche, all the while weaving in elements from the Grimm Brother's fairytale "Snow White and Rose Red". (NOT Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, ok? Different story, similar title.) The characters are the first thing about this book that makes me willing to pay $35 dollars to get a beautiful new re-edited edition of this story. They are utterly believable and I actually care what happens to them. A lot. The plot, the vivid imagery and the fantastic writing style of Regina Doman are some more reasons I love this book. If murder, justice, unjust imprisonment, kidnapping, a secret treasure, or a light touch of a budding romance holds any interest for you at all, you should give this book a try. I also wanted to add that I loved the beautiful and inspiring... More > portrayal of the Catholic faith in this story. It is lightly interspersed, but for me, as a Catholic, it makes the story even more meaningful. If you are not, I would still highly recommend the story just for a fun read, especially if you like fairytale retellings.< Less
"Double Thumbs-Up!!!" This book is absolutely phenomenal with its unforgettable characters and fast-paced plot. Based on Grimm's fairy tale of Snow White and Rose Red, Regina Doman tells the story of sisters Blanche and Rose, whose lives change dramatically due to the unexpected friendship of a man who calls himself Bear. The girls are quickly caught up in the mystery that surrounds Bear, which leads to danger and life-threatening situations. This is a gripping story of love and sacrifice, as well as an amazing adventure you won't want to miss out on. ~Mae 9/5/07
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