Today I am reviewing Bear Season by Bernie Hafeli.
Blurb: It’s 1951, and Czeslaw Wierzbicki is on the lookout for a hero after losing his father in WWII. With his uncle who can’t seem to hold a job for more than a few months, Czeslaw sets out on a life-changing journey that takes him from Detroit to Edinburgh, in hopes of meeting Wojtek, the legendary Polish soldier bear.
My Review: This story is a heartwarming tale of a young man coming of age. In post war Detroit in 1951 as a son of Polish immigrants Chester(Czeslaw) finds himself torn between the love of an uncle that fills the void of a father killed in the war and the embarrassment of the same uncle. Uncle Izzy is coping with post war stress the best he can by drinking and telling what most everyone, including sometimes Chester,thinks are unbelievable stories of a soldier bear that lived and traveled with their company during the war. Seizing upon a chance to travel with his uncle to Scotland to reconnect with the bear Chester starts on an adventure that will see him truly grow up. This is a great read for anyone and is well written. I give this book 5 stars.