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In this gripping, graphic novel adaptation of the chapter book of the same name, it’s 1967 and Mel Vega has reluctantly agreed to continue the family tradition of a visit to see her grandfather in Montana’s Glacier National Park, a trip that won’t be like those in prior years when her mother was still alive. Mel loves it here – the beautiful landscapes and wildlife make it easy to forget her real world troubles. But this year is different. With Mom gone, every moment in the park is a reminder of the past. Mel is terrified when a grizzly attacks the cabin door. Later, she and Cassie, a writer friend of her mom’s, meet up with a researcher whose own father had been killed in an earlier attack. It turns out that a local resort has been dumping garbage nearby to draw bears for a nightly show that people avidly gather to watch. Two deaths that occurred in real life that summer and the shooting of the bears involved happen offstage but the live and dead bears in the book’s amazing wilderness illustrated scenes help the reader understand the dangers of letting wild animals become dependent on humans. When Mel comes face-to-face with a mighty grizzly, she knows the bear safety rules. Don’t turn your back, don’t make any sudden moments. And most importantly, don’t run. The last one is the hardest for Mel – she’s been running from problems for most of her life. If she wants to survive tonight, she’ll have to find the courage to face her fears. This amazing story that is perfectly suited to the graphic novel format and includes a non-fiction section with facts and photos about the real-life event.