Grizzly Peak

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$12.99  $12.08
Westwinds Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.5 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author

Jonathan London has written more than one hundred picture books for children, many of them about wildlife. He is also the author of the popular Froggy series. He lives with his wife in northern California.

Sean London received a BFA from CalArts in Character Animation and has done animation for Disney. He has collaborated with his father on Desolation Canyon, Bella Bella, and the upcoming Pup, the Sea Otter.


"Children ages 8 to 13, and students in grades 4 to 7, will eagerly follow Aaron's adventures in this suspenseful page turner, as he learns to navigate a kayak, discovers another side to a bully, shares a first kiss, encounters the desperate world of human trafficking, and challenges an evil smuggler who threatens the entire group. The sequel to author Jonathan London's outstanding children's novel 'Desolation Canyon', 'Bella Bella' is very highly recommended for both school and community library collections." --Children's Bookwatch (Bella Bella)
"Jonathan London's Grizzly Peak is the third novel in the gripping Aaron's Wilderness adventure series. . . The book is presented as budding author Aaron's journal turned story, and he's a pro at chapter-ending cliffhangers and convincing dialogue. Black-and-white illustrations by the author's son, Sean London, are a great addition, especially the eagle's-eye view of the kayak. Best of all, it's touching to see Aaron and his dad repair their relationship . . . This is a survival tale in the vein of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet, but also a story of family bonds enduring." --Foreword Reviews
"A wise and wonderful reading experience for anyone who loves--or is just learning to love--natural history. The briskly flowing narrative contains great details about desert life, always offered in lovely prose. . . This coming-of-age tale also features enchanting illustrations by the author's son, Sean. A grand, well-rounded adventure that mixes nature, Native American lore, and the history of the Desolation Canyon region." --Kirkus (Desolation Canyon)
"Brief on character development but brisk on pacing and action, this is an adventure/survival novel set in the Cariboo Mountains in Central British Columbia. Aaron and his dad set off for two weeks of canoeing through a series of lakes after Aaron's expulsion from school. Aaron has had previous wilderness experiences, and while he doesn't relish the time spent entirely alone with his father, he is excited for the outdoor adventure aspect of the trip. The expedition is fraught with typical, but exciting, perils of nature, from white-water rapids to grizzly bears. Along the way, father and son attempt to reconcile, but the path is not smooth. Both characters must rely on each other, and the climax of the story is intense and dramatic. This is a fast-paced novel that is not overwhelming in terms of length or depth and will be enjoyed by fans of Gary Paulsen and Will Hobbs. Knowledge of the previous titles in the series might be helpful in relation to some secondary characters mentioned but is not a prerequisite for this episode. VERDICT A thrilling wilderness quest with typical father/son interactions that don't get in the way of the dangers of the journey. More than one reader will be looking at the map and trying to convince a grown-up to take them to Bowron Lake Provincial Park." -John Scott, Friends School of Baltimore, School Library Journal
"An infectious blend of action, science, and tween romance to readers of all ages. . . Gorgeous illustrations accompany the narrative's truly magical moments. . . Addresses the central conflict of poor refugees seeking better lives thoroughly and compassionately. An impressive sequel about an aquatic journey that stands on its own while building on the first trip." --Kirkus (Bella Bella)