The Water Bears

Kim Baker (Author)

Product Details

$16.99  $15.63
Wendy Lamb Books
Publish Date
April 21, 2020
5.6 X 8.2 X 1.1 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Kim's first book, Pickle, has been selected for many reading lists and was a finalist for the CBC Children's Choice Book of the Year and the Texas Bluebonnet Award. When she was 13, she lived above an old movie theater and drove a rusty VW van for odd jobs. Now she and her family live in Seattle near beaches and tide pools, but usually far from bears. Visit her at


β˜… "Both a whimsy-soaked journey of self-discovery and a successful exploration of the tough reality of recovering from trauma." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

β˜… "Baker contrasts Newt's everyday life and quiet desperation with his unusual surroundings and quirky neighbors. . . . [A] subtle, satisfying read." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This is a sweet coming-of-age novel about a boy trying to overcome his fear and pain with the help of a loving, supportive family." --School Library Journal

"Newt's Latinx heritage is a key part of his identity and woven throughout the story, and the book's exploration of friendship and loyalty is thoughtful and authentic." --The Horn Book

"A captivating story that creatively blends the wonder and excitement of potential magic with the life challenges that each character must face. A joy to read!" --Christina Diaz Gonzalez, author of the award-winning The Red Umbrella and the Moving Target series

"Is there magic on Murphy Island: a monster in the lake, a bear that grants wishes? The Water Bears is a magical story with wonderful characters set in a most unusual place." --Patricia Reilly Giff, author of the Newbery Honor winners Lily's Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods

"Like a lucky charm or a cup of warm cocoa, this book wraps the reader in hope and offers comfort in the face of change. A sincere exploration of recovery and growth." --Anna Meriano, author of the Love Sugar Magic series

"Kim Baker sees the world I live in clearly: the beauty and the hard things, the complications, and the magic. Most of all, she sees our connections. A magical, honest look at life's messy wonder. Highly recommended." --Kelly Jones, author of the Unusual Chickens series and Sauerkraut

"The Water Bears brims with enchantment, from the maybe-magic of a wish-granting bear to the tried-and-true, real-world magic of family, friendship, and community." --Kate Messner, author of Chirp and The Seventh Wish