The Last Bear by Hannah Gold (Hardcover)


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Published 18 February 2021

Imagine making friends with a polar bear… The Last Bear is perfect for readers of 8+, beautifully illustrated throughout by Levi Pinfold – winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and illustrator of Harry Potter 20th anniversary edition covers. “This is an important first novel, important for us, for polar bears, for the planet.

It is deeply moving, beautifully told, quite unforgettable.” Michael Morpurgo. There are no polar bears left on Bear Island. At least, that’s what April’s father tells her when his scientific research takes them to this remote Arctic outpost for six months.

But one endless summer night, April meets one. He is starving, lonely and a long way from home. Determined to save him, April begins the most important journey of her life…

This moving story will win the hearts of children the world over and show them that no one is too young or insignificant to make a difference. The Last Bear is a celebration of the love between a child and an animal, a battle cry for our world and an irresistible adventure with a heart as big as a bear’s.

1 review for The Last Bear by Hannah Gold (Hardcover)

  1. huntsbooks24

    Just finished reading The Last Bear by @hannahgold_author ! It’s an incredibly inspiring and important read for children 8+ who love animals and adventure. It’s central message being: no one is too small or insignificant to make a difference.
    April lost her mother when she was only four-years-old. She spends most of her time in the back garden. She doesn’t fit in with the other girls at her school, but she prefers animals to humans anyway.
    Then her dad gets the job offer of a lifetime to conduct scientific research on how global warming is affecting the Arctic region at a remote northern outpost on Bear Island for six months. Despite its name, Bear Island doesn’t have any bears left on it since the polar ice caps have melted, or at least that is what April’s Dad insists. However on their first night on the island, April is sure that she caught a glimpse of something in the wild, something like a polar bear! 🐻‍❄️
    As her father retreats into his research, April decides to explore the island by herself. Until one day she comes face to face with a huge, magnificent creature – a real life polar bear. His sharp, terrifying cry pierces the artic landscape, and as April looks through her binoculars she can see that he is shockingly skinny with ribs protruding, matted fur and a piece of blue plastic tightly wrapped around his front paw…
    April cannot do nothing. Despite the danger, her love of animals dispels her fear. That night she makes a decision, “Deep down, when she thought about it, there was only one choice. She would take Dad’s knife and cut the bear free. Because if she didn’t do it, who would?”
    And from there, April embarks on this mission to help Bear, which creates a bond that will change her life forever…
    A unique and refreshingly inspiring story around the topic of climate change, that isn’t all doom and gloom, but full of passion and hope, with a young, bold heroine at its heart imploring, “Imagine if every single person on the planet just did one thing.”

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