Title: The Shadow of the Bear
Author: Regina Doman
Publisher: Bethlehem Books
Date Published: August 2002
Price: Paperback 11.95 (libraries receive generous discount)
Comments: Original Title: Snow White & Rose Red, a Modern Fairytale
Read this book!! Then read the sequel!! It only gets better, August 9, 2004
I read this book years ago and loved it. Now, I've returned to it again only
to discover that it remains as good a read as ever. A little mystery and
danger mixed with some very easy to identify with characters. I feel as if I know
them personally. Ms. Doman does a great job bringing this fairy tale into the
The reason that I've returned to this book is that it's sequel has just come
out "Black as Night". If you like "The Shadow of the Bear" - you will LOVE
"Black as Night". I really liked "The Shadow of the Bear" alot - I couldn't
imagine how a sequel would be. I have to say that I was much more than pleasantly
surprised. "Black as Night" sucks you in from the first paragraph and doesn't
release you until the very last punctuation mark. It's wonderful to see a
writer hone their craft and come out with such an amazing piece of work. I'm
anxious to see the third book in this series!! Ms. Doman, if you're reading
this.....we want more!!!
I HIGHLY recommend that you read these books. While you're at it - order
another set to give as a gift to that book lover in your life!! (I already know
what my niece is getting for Christmas....if I can wait that long to share the
Finally, a good young adult novel!, June 13, 2004
Finally! A novel for young adults that isn't trashy, goody-goody, or poorly
written! Though I read it in college, I absolutely loved this book. It has all
the elements that make a great story: a wonderful, intriguing plot, realistic
and interesting characters, and edifying morals and themes.
This book is about reality--not the false images this world gives us, but the
battles that are being fought behind the tiniest action or seemingly
insignificant words. It gives you a glimpse of the cosmic importance of every person,
and how all are fighting, be it for good or for evil. This is makes this book
more than a well-written story, and makes it a classic. You won't see the
world in the same way after you finish it.
By the way, a sequel to this, called "Black as Night" should be out in July.
I was blessed to meet Regina Doman and hear her read 4 chapters of her new
manuscript. From the sounds of it, it will be awesome! If you liked this one, I
think the next will be just as good.
A winner for anyone who ever hated high school!, May 10, 2004
This book is superb. There are a lot of typos in this edition, but the book
itself is brilliant. I recommend the original hardcover version, because they
only changed the title so it would appeal to boys, and this cover is pretty
bad. Plot: two catholic ex-homeschool girls move to NYC after their father dies.
Blanche (aka Snow White) is a worrier, and super-shy. She gets made fun of
bigtime at their new catholic school. Her younger sister Rose (Rose Red) is
passionate and full of adventure. When they meet a mysterious stranger who calls
himself Bear, Blanche's suspicions and Rose's curiousity throw them into a
whirlwind of adventure and intrigue that kept me reading late into the night, and
re-reading every year or two afterward. Anyone would love this book, but it
especially appeals to Catholics, homeschoolers, and/or fairy-tale addicts. Just
so you know, I am a fairy-tale fan, an ex-homeschooler, and a christian, and I
absolutely devoured it. I can't wait for the sequel!
Grant me three wishes . . ., June 10, 2003
and I would wish for three more books as outstanding as "The Shadow of the
Bear." This is a book to savor, to read while curled up in bed till the early
hours of dawn. A mysterious encounter with Bear lures loyal sisters Blanche and
Rose from their sheltered lives into a world of danger and deceit. The teens
become cloaked in Bear's shadow--but is it a shadow of protection . . . or
Set in modern New York City, this is nonetheless a timeless tale, woven with
a theme about recognizing the value of right and wrong--choosing right even
when it goes against the grain of popularity. You won't find preaching in these
pages. Noble ideas come through naturally, along with heart-thumping suspense
that builds to a dynamic climax and a satisfying ending. You also won't find
typical characters. Rose's spirit and Blanche's pensiveness complement each
other. While parents will approve of the heroines, teens won't find them dull or
"goody-goody"; they will readily identify with and admire them.
In the book's Acknowledgements, Ms. Doman herself calls "Shadow of the Bear"
an "odd" story--and indeed it is, in the most delightfully intriguing sense of
the word. Yes, the title includes "shadow," but the story sparkles with
excitement and even romance; it shines in this contemporary world with all the
charm of a fairy tale.
I recommend this book to everyone--not just as a reader, but as an author. If
my debut novel, "Past Suspicion" (a young adult suspense novel due out later
this summer by Publish America), is enjoyed in any way like "Shadow of the
Bear," I'll be elated, for it is along similar lines that I strive to write,
crafting a visionary novel offering a compelling story that champions faith and
hope in an often chaotic world.
By now the following should be obvious: "The Shadow of the Bear" is a book to
read and reread. In short, to treasure. I hear Ms. Doman is working on
sequels . . . my wishes are coming true!
A fairy tale, but not what you might think, March 18, 2003
Blanche and Rose are two teenage sisters who have recently moved to New York
City after living a secluded childhood in the country. The perky and social
Rose adjusts well to the big-city Catholic high school - making lots of friends
and even being invited to the Senior Prom by the most popular boy in school.
Blanche, on the other hand, more nervous and shy by nature, is incessantly
teased by her schoolmates and struggles with her own internal fears about life.
Despite Blanche's objections, Rose and their mother (who was recently
widowed) befriend a scruffy (dread-locked) transient, "Bear", who spent time in
Juvenile Hall for drug possession.
A page-turning adventure and mystery unfold in which appearances are not
always what they seem and the two sisters grow in faith, friendship and
In the background of the story whirl a myriad of ideas about life, love,
courage, fear, reality, death and much more that teenagers (and adults too)
struggle with. But in the end the reader walks away with a sense of hope and that,
yes, life is difficult and many bad things can happen, but even so God is in
charge and the truth will come out in the end if we don't give up.
If the average person on the street today were asked how they would define "a
fairy tale", I think they would describe a story in which "perfect" people
had certain adventures, but in the end lived happily ever after. Unfortunately
our modern ideas of fairy tales come largely from animated Disney movies of the
past 50 years.
"The Shadow of the Bear" is based on the classic fairy tale "Snow White and
Rose Red". Yet it is nothing like our common idea of a fairy tale because our
modern definition is flawed. Reading this book, might, in fact, enhance your
idea of what a fairy tale is.
Enchanting real-life fairy tale, October 19, 2002
Previously published as "Snow White and Rose Red: A Modern Fairy Tale," this
is a wonderful, gritty retelling of an otherwise-uninteresting fairy tale.
This is a real-as-life story about true love and courage, with a dash of crime
and religion in there to balance it all out.
High-school students Blanche and Rose once lived in luxury in the country,
but since the death of their father they live in a slushy city with their
overworked mother. At their new school, they are generally ignored or abused,
especially Blanche, who frequently has dizzy spells.
The girls are, at first, less than thrilled when their mother brings a
homeless young man called "Bear" home. Despite their apprehension, soon they become
close friends with him, based on a mutual love of poetry and jokes. But after
a disastrous prom night where Bear is thrown out of the dance and Rose is
intimidated by a would-be seducer, the girls find themselves in a potentially
deadly struggle with a ruthless man -- with a grudge against Bear and the
mysterious boy called "Fish."
Regina Doman manages to triumph in this book is several areas. Though there
are essential religious themes woven into the plotline, there is no irritating
sanctimonious air to the book. The two heroines aren't goody-goodies loved for
their virtues, but mocked for them. And it's not exactly squeaky-clean
either: there are themes such as child abandonment, homelessness, assault and
attempted murder, heart trouble, and Rose's boyfriend pressuring her for sex.
However, Doman is never less than tasteful, and her handling of these is in sync
with the vein of Roman Catholic beliefs that runs through the novel.
Blanche and Rose are another good accomplishment. Rather than being carbon
copies of one another, as siblings in many books are, the two girls have
strengths and weaknesses that complement each other. Bear is a gentle giant who loves
poetry and swing dancing; he proves to be a character like an onion, that is
gradually unpeeled. And Fish is my personal favorite, a cocky wise-cracker who
doesn't let any situation (including attempted murder) keep him down for too
One of the few "real life" fairy tale retellings that works. "Shadow of the
Bear" is an enchanting love story with a pulse-pounding storyline and likeable
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