Angela Graham Spins Bear Encounter into Action-packed Adventure Novel
Author Angela Graham remembers the horror of last summer's encounter with a potentially predatory mother black bear and cubs. "It was sundown and we were deep in the interior," recalls Graham. "We had no option but to abandon our campsite and hike out." In a race against the falling darkness, her family's struggle to get safely out of the backcountry inspired Graham's new middle grade adventure novel, "Escape from Killarney" http://www.angelagraham.webs.com .
Uniquely told by the family dog, the story follows 11-year-old boy, Graham, 10-year-old girl, Evelyn, and their dog, Toby, who wander far away from the family's campsite seeking adventure and get lost. Their peaceful vacation turns disastrous as they discover what really lurks in the Northern Ontario forest. Toby and the children are pushed to their limits as they face challenge after treacherous challenge. As darkness falls and the trio is tired, injured, and far from safety, they ask themselves, "Will we make it out alive?"
An excerpt from "Escape from Killarney":
The beast is closing the distance between itself and the kids, and I can see that it is huffing and snorting angry warnings to them. I suddenly see why. Behind her-I can see now that it is a "her"-are two smaller black forms. They huddle close together, watching their mother stand her ground to protect their blueberry patch. Their mother stops. She stares at the kids and bangs her massive paw on the ground. I feel the earth shake through the water, and I race forward.
Graham pulls himself to his feet, takes Evelyn by the arm, and encourages her to stand as well. He raises his arms high above his head, and Evelyn copies his action.
The bear-as that is what this massive form is-does the same, and raises herself on her back haunches. She towers above the children, her front legs pawing the air. I hear her growl above my splashing, as my feet find the shore rock and I claw my way out of the lake. I scream ferocious threats at her as I charge in. Her eyes snap in my direction, and her glare gores through me. As her paws drop to the ground in my direction, I once again feel the ground shift under her weight.