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Bear in the Family
By (author): Eric Walters Illustrated by: Olga Barinova
Eric Walters ,

Illustrated by :

Olga Barinova


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


Juvenile: Age (years) 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) 1 - 3, Grade (US) 1 - 3, Reading age 6 - 8
Apr 12, 2022
Print Run: 6000
$7.95 CAD


7.63in x 5.25 x 0.31 in | 120 gr

Page Count:

96 pages


25 B&W illustrations
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE FICTION / Science & Nature / Disasters
Children’s / Teenage fiction: Family and home stories|Interest age: from c 6 years|Children’s / Teenage: Chapter books (transitional storybooks)|Children’s / Teenage general interest: Bears|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Families and family members|Children’s / Teenage social issues: Environment and green issues
North America
  • Short Description
In this partially illustrated early chapter book, a family return to their home in the forest after a wildfire to find their house still standing and an orphaned bear cub in the well.
A bear cub needs their help!

★“A profound, realistic story of a multiracial family...This brilliantly written tale is a lovely introduction to the important topics of wildfires and animal sanctuaries for young readers. Great for animal lovers and children curious about nature.”—School Library Journal, starred review

On returning to their home after a massive wildfire, nine-year-old Jasmin and her seven-year-old brother, Hunter, thought the biggest surprise would be whether their fire-resistant house had survived.

Jasmin and Hunter did not expect to find an orphaned bear cub stuck in the neighbors’ well. Rescuing the tiny cub from the well was the easy part; now they need to care for it until the people from the bear-rescue sanctuary can make it safely through the fires to pick it up. The cub turns out to be exactly what one would expect of a wild animal—a huge handful!

The latest Orca Echoes early chapter book from award-winning author Eric Walters was inspired by Eric’s visit to a wildlife sanctuary in Northern British Columbia. Bear in the Family tells the fictionalized story of a bear cub found by a family after the forest surrounding their home was destroyed by a wildfire.

Key Selling Points

  • This story was inspired by the author’s visit to the Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter in Northern British Columbia.
  • This book examines the importance of wildlife rehabilitation by trained professionals.
  • Introduces young readers to the devastation caused by wildfires in a safe and accessible way.
  • The author’s High and Dry, another Orca Echo book about animal rescue, received a starred review in School Library Journal.
  • The author is one of the founders of “I Read Canadian Day,” which will be celebrated on February 16, 2022.
  • Features several black-and-white illustrations by Olga Barinova.

Eric Walters is a Member of the Order of Canada and the author of over 125 books that have collectively won more than 100 awards including the Governor General’s Literary Award for The King of Jam Sandwiches. A former teacher, Eric began writing as a way to get his fifth-grade students interested in reading and writing. Eric is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 100,000 students per year in schools across the country. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.

Contributor Website

Olga Barinova is a children's book illustrator. A graduate of the Alberta University of Arts, Olga lives in Calgary.

Marketing and Promotional Plans

  • Print and online advertising campaigns
  • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
  • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
  • Blog and social media promotion
  • Outreach in Orca newsletters

“Clearly and well-told, touching on pertinent topics such as wild-fires and the need for wildlife sanctuaries. Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Educating readers about wildlife rehabilitation centers is woven throughout this thoughtful, relatable, and interesting tale. Recommended.” - School Library Connection

★“A profound, realistic story of a multiracial family returning to their rural home after a wildfire...This touching story provides much-needed insight into the effects of wildfires on humans and animals alike...This brilliantly written tale is a lovely introduction to the important topics of wildfires and animal sanctuaries for young readers. Great for animal lovers and children curious about nature.” - School Library Journal, starred review

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