Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 9 to 18
- Grade: 4 to 12
The very word triggers a host of descriptions given to this awesome creature: savage predator, walking nightmare, animal monarch. Rising above these labels is a creature that embodies all that is wild and mysterious in the animal kingdom. Wildest and most mysterious is the arctic grizzly that lives on the far northern tundra.
Tracking Triple Seven gives you a "bear's-eye view" of the world of this little known animal. Witness the birth of three tiny cubs in a frozen tundra den. Feast with a grizzly on a land exploding with blueberries. Share in the troubles and triumphs of a bear family's quest to claim its rightful place in the biggest wilderness on earth. And join Benji, a city slicker kid who visits his father's arctic diamond mine for the first time.
Benji's adventures take off when he accidentally joins a team of grizzly bear biologists and their Inuk pilot. Together they mix cutting-edge technology with good old bush wisdom in a death-defying search for "The Real Grizzly" of the arctic barrens.
About the author
Jamie Bastedo, former CBC North host and author of Shield Country: The Life and Times of the Oldest Piece of the Planet, Reaching North: A Celebration of the Subarctic and Blue Lake and Rocky Shores, reflects on the charm and mystery of the Canadian Shield. He writes to inform and to inspire, telling a "story of place." He lives in Yellowknife, NWT and operates a touring company that takes tourists on tours of the North and also runs an environmental consulting company.
"[Bastedo] writes life into this novel with all of the color-and emotional impact-of the tundra in summer."
— Globe & Mail
"Readers normally reluctant to read a story about grizzly bears will react with enthusiastic appreciation for Bastedo's characters, plot and writing. . . . The story would be wonderful for classroom discussions on grizzlies, the Arctic, and ethical issues of trying to exist with animals in their natural environment."
"Author Jamie Bastedo's passion for wildlife comes across on every page of Tracking Triple Seven. This is a masterfully written account of the lives of a grizzly family.
— CM Magazine
Other titles by Jamie Bastedo
Protectors of the Planet
Environmental Trailblazers from 7 to 97
Trans Canada Trail
Free as the Wind
On Thin Ice
Falling for Snow
A Naturalist's Journey into the World of Winter
A Celebration of the Subarctic
The Life and Times of the Oldest Piece of the Planet