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Blanche has graduated from high school and can’t decide what to do next. Bear can’t figure out what to do either. Their lives diverge until Blanche finds herself on the other side of the mirror and in grave danger. As fate would have it, she finds refuge with a small group of Franciscan brothers. And, as the story goes, its only a matter of time before the wicked witch discovers her hiding place. Will her Prince Charming find her in time? Or will the poisoned apple be her last bite?
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Another excellent novel by Regina Doman. While the beginning of the novel dragged a bit for me, the writing itself never disappoints. It’s refreshingly good. Parents should remember this is a modern retelling of a fairy tale (Snowdrop, it can be found in Lang’s Red Fairy Book). Good and Beauty and Truth are at the heart of every good fairy tale even as they do battle against their dark counterparts.
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- Author: Regina Doman
- Publisher: Regina Doman (October 6, 2008)
- Reading Age: 14 and up
- Paperback: 294 pages
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What You Need to Know
- Role Models/Authority Figures – Blanche is spending her time visiting the sick and taking care of the dying. The Franciscan brothers tend to the poor. They are portrayed as wise, humble, good, and human.
- Violence – Blanche is mugged, choked, and poisoned. Bear gets into a street fight. Bear is poisoned and then tied up. There is a gunfight at the end. The villain is killed.
- Sexual Content – A bag lady suggests to Blanche that she would make a good prostitute if she is “not afraid of going down.” And later the bag lady suggests to Blanche that “sex…that’s what it is…wicked. Disgusting” (161). Blanche makes mental note of the truth, “sex isn’t wicked in and of itself.” (161). Bear’s stepmother attempts to seduce Bear first in a flashback, and later within the story.
- Language – None.
- Consumerism – None. Unless you count quoting Emily Dickinson.
- Drinking/Smoking/Drugs – Blanche’s co-workers smoke. Illegal drugs (Ecstasy) have been planted in effort to frame Blanche. We see the behavior of the villain on these drugs.
- Religion – The story takes place in a Catholic setting, but isn’t explicitly Catholic.
- Other – The author provides her own Picky Parents Guide to the novel. This is a modern retelling of Snowdrop, the other fairy tale about Snow White. It can be found in Lang’s Red Fairy Book. It isn’t necessary to read Shadow of the Bear before this novel, but it may be helpful.