The Summer Of The Bear by Bella Pollen. Recommended by Nic (Reader Development Team and Bury Archive).
It is the summer of 1980. A tamed brown bear finds himself tempted by the lure of freedom and the wild open sea. Meanwhile a grieving, broken family arrive on a windswept island in the Outer Hebrides, looking for the time and space to understand the strange, bewildering events that led to the loss of their husband and father.
‘This is a beautiful and sensitive handling of a familie’s attempts to deal with their huge loss. Written with warmth and humour; you are taken on a journey, both geographically and emotionally. The unbelievable becomes believable as we share in a son’s unshakable faith in his father.’ Nic.