HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Grizzly: World of Adventure
Author: Gary Paulsen
Publisher: Yearling, republished in 1999
ISBN-13: 978-0613051095 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0613051092 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0440412175 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 044041217X (Paperback)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 8-12
Rating: **** 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Paulsen, Gary. Grizzly: World of Adventure (published in 1997 by Yearling). Justin McCallister loves life on his aunt and uncle’s Montana sheep ranch—that is, until a grizzly bear begins terrorizing the livestock, injuring Justin’s collie, Radar, and killing his pet lamb, Blue. So Justin decides to take matters into his own hands and sets out to track down the bear. But things become more dangerous than Justin ever could have imagined when he comes face-to-face with the grizzly. This book is certainly interesting with an exciting, suspenseful plot, and many kids will find that they can hardly wait to finish it.
The first book of Paulsen’s that I read, Dogsong, a Newbery Honor Book, was so revolting to me that I resolved never to read another book by Paulsen. However, several people recommended his Hatchet, another Newbery Honor Book, so when I saw it at a consignment shop I picked it up and basically liked it. I have since read a couple other books by Paulsen and found them not too bad. Later, I learned that Paulsen also wrote a series of books, “World of Adventure,” for younger readers. Our older son Mark had read and enjoyed some of these, including Grizzly, which is what led to my wife’s getting Dogsong. Some of them delve somewhat into the area of “weird,” but they have little objectionable material in them.
Mark read a couple others. In Thunder Valley (Book 16), twins Jeremy and Jason Parsons are helping their grandma run the Thunder Valley Ski Lodge while their grandfather recuperates from a broken hip, but when Grandma Parsons joins their grandfather at the hospital and the boys are left to take care of the lodge on their own, strange things begin happening. In Curse of the Ruins (Book 17), Katie and Sam Crockett, and their cousin Shala, go to San Marcos, NM, to meet Katie and Sam’s dad, an anthropologist who’s studying the ruins of the ancient cliff dwellers at El Debajo, but Dr. Crockett isn’t there to meet them at the airport. I don’t know offhand how many books there are in the series, but Flight of the Hawk is Book 18.