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Bearskinner by Laura Amy Schlitz
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This is an eerie and haunting tale of heroism and hardship from the Brothers Grimm. When a person gives up hope, is he still human? Such is the story of one soldier who has lost everything to war: his childhood home, his family, his youth, and his innocence. Enter that sly opportunist, the Devil, who wraps the soldier in the formidable armour of a dead bear's skin, fills its pockets with gold, and makes a dangerous and horrible wager...

Author Biography

Laura May Schlitz has spent most of her life working as a librarian and professional storyteller, and is currently a school librarian in Baltimore, USA. Over the years, The Bearskinner has become one of her favourite stories to share. "I went in search of a story that would tell students that no matter how bad things get, you hold on," she explains. "They took it immediately to heart. They found it scary and vivid and satisfying." Max Grafe is a printmaker, painter and illustrator. His illustrations have graced the pages of several books for children including Old Coyote (9780763615444) by Nancy Wood, The Wee Christmas Cabin of Carn-na-ween (9780763625535) by Ruth Sawyer, and the award-winning Eye of the Wolf (9780744590104) by Daniel Pennac. He lives in New York, USA.
Release date NZ
October 1st, 2007
Illustrated by Max Grafe
Country of Publication
United States
colour illustrations
Candlewick Press,U.S.
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