Gentle Ben
Gentle Ben

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Annotation: Traces the friendship between a boy and a bear in the rugged Alaskan Territory.
Catalog Number: #114501
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Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 1965
Edition Date: 2006
Illustrator: Schoenherr, John,
Pages: 191 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-14-240551-5 Perma-Bound: 0-8479-3098-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-14-240551-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-8479-3098-2
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 91031435
Dimensions: 18 cm.
Language: English
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Thirteen-year-old Mark convinces his father to purchase Ben, a brown bear, from his abusive master, but when Ben maims his former owner after being attacked, the townspeople insist that he be destroyed. Morey's tale still pulls at the heartstrings.
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Word Count: 52,406
Reading Level: 4.8
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.8 / points: 8.0 / quiz: 222 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.1 / points:13.0 / quiz:Q04365
Lexile: 740L
Guided Reading Level: Y
Fountas & Pinnell: Y

The Alaskan wilderness is a lonely place for Mark Andersen, especially after the death of his brother. But Mark finds a friend named Ben, who happens to be an Alaskan brown bear. Ben and Mark form a special bond, but the townspeople are determined to destroy it. It is only through the strength of an enduring friendship that Ben—and Mark—have a chance of being saved.

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