Beware the Bear

Front Cover, Dec 1, 2020 - Juvenile Fiction

A good time and a romping rhyme for ages six to ninety-nine.

Nick was in the mood to take a different path home

To see new things and be free to roam. 

He didn't fully grasp what his Gran was trying to say.

Beware the bear, she warned. But he was on his way.

He bounded through the trees and he paddled by the lake.

It wasn't till the tunnel that he made his big mistake.

He stomped and sang and echoed. It was tons of fun.

But now the bear's awake. Well, there's nowhere to run.

With a little more care he would have tiptoed past the bear.

But now the bear's awake he has to trick his way out of there.

How's he going to do it? The answer's really cool.

I don't want to ruin it, but this I can tell you:

It's more than a story, it's a rhyme with a flow.

So read it out loud. Go on, give it a go.


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About the author (2020)

James Hewison is an author of fiction for children and young adults. He was born in Darwin, on the north coast of Australia, and grew up enjoying activities of increasing danger..

When he wasn't on an adventure of his own, he loved reading and writing about people who were.

He developed a fascination for the way people deal with danger. Some people will pay any price for their passions. They wilfully approach unthinkable threats while others flee. He loved the reactions and interactions between differently-driven characters and the relationships and tensions that form. How exciting it is to read a story of a relatable character who will take a path that you, the reader, might never contemplate. These were the stories James wanted to create.

It was his daughter who pressed the red button on his creativity when she asked him to write her a story. He sat down with an idea for a twist on the classic fairy tale, Jack and the Beanstalk. He thought five pages ought to be enough, but ideas wouldn’t stop popping into his head. When the overgrown beanstalk of plot lines was whittled down to its most compact and entertaining form, the resulting story emerged in the form of James's first novel, Behind the Twisted Fence. His second novel, Shadow Creepers, came the following year, setting up a pattern that would set James's mind to writing and publishing at least one great book per year.

If you like page-turning stories with strong characters and satisfying endings, find out what James is working on right now at