If you are curious about bears, you probably have read Erin Hunter’s “Seekers” books, but there’s another book about bears that came years earlier. Gentle Ben,” written by Walt Morey in 1965, is the story of a boy named Mark and a brown bear named Ben. Mark befriends the bear, who is chained in a neighbor’s shed in their Alaska town. When the neighbor wants to get rid of Ben, Mark decides that it’s up to him to save the bear.