Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 5n/a4.749167
In Casseomae's world, the wolves rule the Forest, and the Forest is everywhere. The animals tell stories of the Skinless Ones, whose cities and roads once covered the earth, but the Skinless disappeared long ago.

Casseomae is content to live alone, apart from the other bears in her tribe, until one of the ancients' sky vehicles crashes to the ground, and from it emerges a Skinless One, a child. Rather than turn him over to the wolves, Casseomae chooses to protect this human cub, to find someplace safe for him to live. But where among the animals will a human child be safe? And is Casseomae threatening the safety of the Forest and all its tribes by protecting him?

Middle-grade fans of postapocalyptic fiction are in for a treat with this fanciful and engaging animal story by the author of the Clockwork Dark trilogy.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published on May 22, 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 037586752X
ISBN-13: 9780375867521
2 Book Reviews
  • livluvlaf
    livluvlafover 7 years55 stars
    This book is all about friendship and protection. The world in this book is human less. There are no humans. In fact, humans (Skinless Ones or Old Devils) are forbidden from the land and if foud will immediately be executed. Now this bear (Cassomae) has had a lot of kids and none of them had made it. When a "Spaceship" crashed in the forest with a child in it, Cassomae kicks into her protective mode and protects the child from the Ogeema tribe, as she would her own son. Will they be able to make it? Read the book to find out.
    • fairytailmage
      fairytailmageover 8 years55 starsFeatured
      John Claude Bemis came to my school today! (He is amazing, you should read all his books) This book is about a time period that humans have became extinct, and wolves rule the wild. Of course, since "The Skinless Ones" drove out wolves from their habitats in many places, they think poorly of humans, and tell stories about how we are big scary monsters. Casseomae, a bear, one day comes across a spaceship--and inside is a baby human, which, to her, doesn't look like a big scary monster at all. She wants to take care of the baby, but it is unwise to take care of the baby when the rulers of the wild would kill him at any cost. (: Read and find out what happens to Casseomae!