Bear Boy: The True Story of a Boy, Two Bears, and the Fight to Be Free

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Brutus & Ursula, LLC
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.55 inches | 0.68 pounds

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About the Author

Justin Barker is an American animal activist, producer and author of Bear Boy: The True Story of a Boy, Two Bears, and the Fight to Be Free. He was 13-years-old when he launched Citizens Lobbying for Animals in Zoos. Known for his activism, Barker was named One of Twenty Teens Who Will Change the World in Teen People Magazine and featured in National Geographic, Animal Planet, NBC and CBS standing up for Brutus and Ursula, two black bears living in horrific conditions in a California zoo. With his YA debut, Justin hopes to highlight the plight of zoo animals and inspire young people to stand up for themselves, animals and their fellow humans. As director and producer, Barker has circled the globe and criss-crossed continents directing TV shows, documentaries, and producing online education series. He is a Sacramento native who lives in San Francisco with his son Noah and wife Bridget, who both identify as queer. Barker has a BA in Communications, Media Arts and Production from University of Technology, Sydney.
Jane Goodall, Dr. of Bioethics, is considered the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees and best known for her sixty-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees, which began in 1960 in Gombe National Park, Tanzania. Her numerous books include My Life with the Chimpanzees (1998) and Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey (1999).


"Bear Boy is a beautiful, badass hero. I'm inspired by his creative spirit and his courage to speak up, stick to his convictions, and act on them. I'm shoulder to shoulder with him in the brighter future he's creating. You should come with--and you should read Bear Boy. This is an epic page-turner." --Jo-Anne McArthur, founder, We Animals Media; author, Captive

"An empowering story of a young man who discovered his words count, his actions count, and he counts. This is his story of finding a way to liberate incarcerated bears--Ursula and Brutus--and finding his own identity. A book changed him and this book may change you. Delightful in umpteen ways."--Ingrid Newkirk, founder and president, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

"A truly empowering story of compassion, activism, and self-discovery. Justin takes us through his inspirational journey of overcoming obstacles with persistence and passion to make a tangible difference for animals." --Jasmin Singer, author, Fabulous Vegan and Always Too Much and Never Enough

"Bear Boy is a fantastic read--deeply engaging with twists and turns, high stakes, and big heart. I'm so grateful to Justin Barker for telling this story--and for having lived it."--Michelle Tea, bestselling author, Valencia and Against Memoir

"Barker's casual writing style establishes an easy flow to a narrative that spans years; along the way, it presents detailed snapshots of specific animals' plights and moments in the author's personal life, resulting in an unpredictable and original work. An unconventional remembrance that will encourage readers to try to create change themselves." --Kirkus Reviews

"Bear Boy is a blueprint and inspiration for young animal lovers everywhere that one small, insistent voice can have a big impact. This book would have been a godsend when I was a queer, animal-loving kid."--Nicole Georges, graphic memoirist, Fetch and Calling Dr. Laura