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Chasing the Bear: A Young Spenser Novel

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A book by Robert Andrew Parker

Grade 7 Up—Robert B. Parker, author of scores of books featuring his popular character Spenser, explores the fictional detective's formative years in this first title (Philomel, 2009) in a series intended for teens. Told in a series of vignettes … see full wiki

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Author: Robert Andrew Parker
Publisher: Speak
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A well-told tale of young Spenser

  • Aug 20, 2010
Spenser is dead now because his creator Robert B. Parker died on January 18, 2010, unless some imitator tries to continue the series. "Tries" is the operative word, because there is no one as good as Parker. And so it is a good time to reflect on Spenser's youth, as this volume does.

We read how Spenser was raised by his father and his mother's two brothers, three tall, strong, self assured men, all four living in the same house, after his mother died during his birth. He was an only child. His three parents raised him as a fourth man in the house, taught him how to care for himself, how to box, how to cook. We read about several of his experiences as a teen ager, all of them adventures. How he stood up to a snarling drunk black bear, how he saved a girl from her drunken father, how he killed a man, how he protected a Mexican boy, and how he stood up to twelve bullies who intended to hurt him, and more. The descriptions of how his father and two uncles treated him are a delight to read, as is the entire book.

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