Bear cub featured in this outdoor adventure

Mystery of the Bear Cub by Tamra Wight is a “middle grade fiction book” so I don’t know where that puts me because I really liked the book. No question about it, I’m too old for middle grade!

The story is set in a Maine camp ground, focused on some boys that are real outdoor adventurers. Paddling across the lake, they discover the ruins of an old inn, and spend a lot of time digging around there and looking for valuable things.

Eventually they discover that somebody is illegally dumping trash on the property and that’s where the story gets alarming. I don’t want to give it all away but the finish is pretty amazing. And yes, bears are involved. I also enjoyed the funny illustrations by Carl DiRocco.

Tamra lives in Poland, Maine, where she has run the Poland Spring campground with her husband and their two children for 25 years. She has written four previous books. Check out her wildlife photos on her website,

And then get yourself a copy of this book. But before you share it with the kids, be sure to read it yourself.




George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.