Journey of the Pale Bear
Journey of the Pale Bear
Journey of the Pale Bear
A runaway boy befriends a polar bear that’s being transported from Norway to London in this lyrical and timeless adventure story about freedom, captivity, and finding a family.The polar bear is a royal bear, a gift from the King of Norway to the King of England. The first time Arthur encounters the bear, he is shoved in her cage as payback for stealing food. Restless and deadly, the bear terrifies him. Yet, strangely, she doesn’t harm him—though she has attacked anyone else who comes near. That makes Arthur valuable to the doctor in charge of getting the bear safely to London. So Arthur, who has run away from home, finds himself taking care of a polar bear on a ship to England. Tasked with feeding and cleaning up after the bear, Arthur’s fears slowly lessen as he begins to feel a connection to this bear, who like him, has been cut off from her family. But the journey holds many dangers, and Arthur knows his own freedom—perhaps even his life—depends on keeping the bear from harm. When pirates attack and the ship founders, Arthur must make a choice—does he do everything he can to save himself, or does he help the bear to find freedom? Based on the real story of a polar bear that lived in the Tower of London, this timeless adventure story is also a touching account of the bond between a boy and a bear.

Book Details


  • Adventure
  • Animals
  • Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Journey Of The Pale Bear is about a runaway kid named Arthur and his friend, a polar bear. They journey across a fictional world similar to ours. The bear was a gift from the Norwegian King. It's Arthur’s goal to take care of the bear on his way to England. The two outcasts, Arthur and the bear, go on an adventurous journey finding a family and people that he can call friends.

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