FTN1: The Shadow of the Bear - a fairy tale retold

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The Shadow of the Bear. Back cover.Once upon a time in New York City...

...a young, secretive street tough who calls himself, Bear, lands on the doorstep of two teenaged sisters in the middle of a January snowstorm. On the one hand Rose is delighted with his surprising knowledge of literature, poetry, and music; on the other hand Blanche is afraid of his apparent connections to drugs, murder, and a hidden treasure. Even as Blanche learns to trust him, her fears that Bear's friendship threatens their family prove terrifyingly true.

This first book in the Fairy Tale Novels series by Regina Doman is based on the traditional fairy tale Snow White and Rose Red (not to be confused with Snow White and the Seven Dwarves) by the Grimm Brothers.

Age 14 - Up.
221 pages.
6" x 9" 
Languages: English and Polish


READ CHAPTERS 1-4 of The Shadow of the Bear: a fairy tale retold by Regina Doman


Adapted for radio, this story was produced into an award-winning audio drama show by Andrew Schmiedicke featuring a full-cast of actors, sound effects, and original music. Listen in as the characters from The Shadow of the Bear come to life in a professional, full stereo, approximately 4-hour long audio drama. 

In addition to winning The Sonic Society's 2009 Award for "Best Audio Drama Show"The Shadow of the Bear audio drama was also a finalist for:

1) Best Sound and Editing - Northern Rain Studio.

2) Best Script - Regina Doman.

3) Best Actress for Theresa Ford Fisher's performance of Blanche.

4) Best Actor for Alex Fedoryka's performance of Bear.

This drama has been played on Ave Maria Radio in Michigan and featured on radio drama blogs such as The Sonic Society and Radio Drama Revival.

LISTEN to the Radio Promo from The Shadow of the Bear audio drama show.

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  • 5
    Amazing Read!

    Posted by Bri, loves to read on 22nd Sep 2016

    I am so happy I found Chesterton Press through an internet search. I very much want good Christian fiction (asking for good Catholic seemed like too much to ask until now) for my 11 and 13 year olds. I stumbled on this book and the John Paul 2 Series after I read I Am Margaret (such a blessing I found these books--I'm waiting for my kids to be in high school for the John Paul 2 Series). I figured I would "take a chance" on this book. Wow! It instantly became a book treasure that I want to share-and do-with everyone I know.

    I feel like I got to know all the characters very well. I wish I knew them when I was in high school! The details are terrific and I easily visualized places and action. Yes, this book has plenty of action and intrigue. Both my sons very much like the book. I appreciate how well and how heroic the main male character and a couple other men are written. I think it is such a great example of fictitious characters for them to ponder. I find the portrayal of strong values and virtues terrific. I also appreciate how completely clean the writing is and it proves how captivating and funny clean fiction can be.

    This story is wonderfully told. The author, my first time reading Regina Doman's work, draws you in and keeps you interested and invested from the first page to the last. Of course, I am reading her other books. I recommend this book. "Take a chance" on it.

  • 4
    Wonderful Story

    Posted by Jamie H on 26th Jul 2016

    I really enjoyed this book. It kept getting better and better as the pages went on. I appreciated the values through out even as mistakes were made. The Chesterton and Lewis references were great and Ms. Doman did a wonderful job at creating a modern Fairy Tale of one of my favorites and staying true to Grimm story.

  • 5
    Wonderful Story!

    Posted by Sarah on 22nd Nov 2014

    Brilliant modern twist on a classic fairytale. The book was well written and the characters strikingly developed; it left me wanting to learn more about them and their stories! I love it when I can get a friend hooked on this series!

  • 5

    Posted by Dani on 10th Sep 2014

    Shadow of the Bear was a very well written novel. One of the best books I have ever read. The characters where very strong and, as a reader, I was totally wrapped into the story. I love rewritten fairy tales, and these books brought the myths to modern day extremely well. Definitely worth reading!

  • 4
    Excellent Story

    Posted by Unknown on 30th Jul 2014

    Such an good blend of reality with the fantastic! And I love all the Chesterton references. I like this book so much I keep buying copies because when I lend it out, I don't get it back! Absolutely recommend it.

  • 5

    Posted by Cecilia on 15th Feb 2014

    This was the first Fairy Tale Novel I ever read, and I couldn't put it down for the two days I read it in! Excellent characters, thrilling plot and exciting mystery - this book has it all! This book sparked my hunger for this series and I highly recommend it!

  • 5
    Really funny.

    Posted by Shannon on 13th Feb 2014

    This was the first book of Regina's I read, and it set me up to want to read all of the rest.
    The humor in this book is just on point. It was witty, sarcastic, and best of all, completely clean.
    Also by introducing you into all of the soon to be well known characters from the other books in the series, is just a fun experience because of what they bring into the book, not only their personalities but also their style of dress.
    I really enjoyed the vivid descriptions of what the characters were wearing.
    I am already passing this on to people, and converted tons of my friends into fans of the books. Give this book to any Catholic you know, girl or boy, and I'm sure they will come back with a smile on their face and asking for the next one.

  • 5
    A Fairy Tale...In New York?

    Posted by Unknown on 12th Feb 2014

    I've always loved fairytales, I've read more than anyone else I know. In a way, they're a part of who I am. When my older sister suggested The Shadow of the Bear to me, I have to admit I was a little nervous. A MODERN fairytale? I wasn't sure what to expect. I was blown away. It is one of the best books I've ever read. I was immediately sucked into the realistic characters and gripping storyline.

  • 5
    An exciting adventure from start to finish

    Posted by nataliethorpe77@yahoo.com on 17th Jan 2014

    What I love about this book is that its realistic, romantic and has great characters. I was surprised that a fairy tale could teach me so much about real life and real people both good and bad.