When a boy crosses paths with a grizzly bear in Emory's Gift (Forge, Aug.), the result is a parable for our time. W. Bruce Cameron, author of A Dog's Purpose, returns with a poignant new take on the human-animal connection. Charlie is a 13-year-old boy struggling with the loss of his mother, and Emory is a grizzly bear. What begins as a chance encounter soon becomes a deliberate and affecting message about the power of love and faith. Emory and Charlie develop a kinship that many may find hard to believe. Charlie's father, his friends, and the populace of their town all question the nature of the beast. Emory, however, has surprises in store for everyone—including the reader. Cameron's deft blend of humor and humanity is unusually uplifting. Emory's Gift is inspiring, an excellent pick for young readers, and an easy recommendation for book clubs