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A clever tale that will charm booklovers.

Brother Hugo can’t return his library book—the letters of St. Augustine—because, it turns out, the precious book has been devoured by a bear! Instructed by the abbot to borrow another monastery’s copy and create a replacement, the hapless monk painstakingly crafts a new book, copying it letter by letter and line by line. But when he sets off to return the borrowed copy, he finds himself trailed by his hungry new friend. Once a bear has a taste of letters, it appears, he’s rarely satisfied!

Brother Hugo and the Bear is loosely based on a note found in a twelfth-century manuscript—and largely on the creative imaginings of author Katy Beebe. This humorous tale is sure to delight readers who have acquired their own taste for books.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Interesting, wry, and educational.”

    New York Times

  • “Combines suspense, humor, and information…Beebe’s language creates an Old World flavor…Readers then obtain a clear overview of medieval bookmaking, from the stretching and scraping of sheepskin to the laborious copying and binding.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Prepare to be charmed by a bear who loves words — or at least loves to eat them….The rhythm of the text is antique but lucid and sweet…Rich backmatter gives all the historical background without detracting from the essential spark of the tale…This accurate (if abbreviated) delineation of the process of medieval manuscript bookmaking shines, thanks to the fey twist of ursine longing for the written word.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Gildart Jackson’s narration is full of an old-fashioned regal lilt as befits a tale set in the twelfth century in the world of monasteries, hand-copied manuscripts, and wild creatures outside the walls…Listeners will catch bemusement in Jackson’s voice as he delivers the constant stomach grumbling and lip smacking that torments the monastery all Lent long. Light background music augments the period setting. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “The gentle, amusing story offers a bit of adventure, as well as tells how medieval monks went about making their treasured books.”


  • “The audio version is well read by Gildart Jackson. Music accompanies the narration and adds to the medieval feel.”

    School Library Journal (audio review)

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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