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The Bears of Blue River

Charles Major

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Mr. Brent until the river was low enough to cross.

The strangers felt grateful to the boy who had given them such timely help, and asked him what they could do for him in return.

38Balser hesitated a moment, and said, “There’s only one thing I want very bad, but that would cost so much there’s no use to speak of it.”

“What is it, Balser? Speak up, and if it is anything I can buy, you shall have it.”

“A gun! A gun! A smooth-bore carbine. I’d rather have it than anything else in the world.”

“You shall have it if there’s one to be bought in Indianapolis. We are going there, and will return within a week or ten days, and you shall have your carbine if I can find one.”

Within two weeks after this conversation Balser was the happiest boy in Indiana, for he owned a carbin. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Our after-dinner-read for the kids was "The Bears of Blue River." I remember my 3rd and 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Baughman, reading this to us. It was written around 1900 and centers on the adventures of Balser, a 13-year-old boy who lives in Indiana around 1820.

It has all the things I love about olde

The cool thing about this book is I live near the area that it takes place in! I go to the Bears of Blue River Festival every year!

Extremely intense with shooting and full of all things forest frontier bravery- and bears!. We all enjoyed it (ages 5-35). The youth characters and their relationships are lovely, especially their selfless courage. All the little details of frontier life (like back logs, nut gathering, and bullet mo

My 5th grade teacher read this book to us. It chronicles the adventures of Little Balser Brent growing up in a log cabin in the Indiana wilderness. The book kindled my fascination with pioneer life, nature, and outdoor adventure. I have carried the memory of those stories with me my entire life and,

3 1/2 stars. As my boys said, if this was a movie, it would be rated R! It was definitely a product of it's time. Written in the late 1800s in Indiana, it follows the adventures of a young boy, Balser, and his friends who have many encounters with bears. It's crazy reading it from our current time.

The kids are definitely scared of bears now.

This book was one of my first favorites, and it still holds a soft spot in my heart. It reads almost like serialized accounts of the protagonists' various encounters with bears and his life in frontier Southern Indiana. It seamlessly covers a wide gamut of human's interactions with nature. And for y

A solid series of tales about a family living on the frontier, and the oldest boy's encounters with various bears that live in the neighborhood. At times when reading this aloud at bedtime, I wondered if I would give the children nightmares due to some narrow escapes, but we enjoyed the story withou

I truly enjoyed reading this book - again. The very first time it was read to me in 3rd grade by the wonderful Odessa Campbell. She inspired hundreds of us!

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