Both absorbing animal adventure and subtle commentary on climate change and the plight of endangered species, The Last Bear revolves around April, the daughter of an Arctic researcher, and her chance encounter with a lone polar bear.
Shortlisted for The British Book Awards 2022 Children's Fiction Book of the Year
Waterstones Children's Book of the Month for April 2022
A standard edition is available here
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.
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.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 185 x 130 x 24 mm
'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
'A lovely thing' - Katherine Rundell
'A stunning debut, amplified by exquisite illustrations. This is a glorious gift' - Amanda Craig, New Statesman
'A dazzling debut... A magical, confidently told story - with beautiful illustrations by Levi Pinfold... I predict a roaring success' - The Times
'A lyrical debut' - Telegraph
'This book evokes a powerful and tender relationship... and is a roaring call to protect the planet' - The Sunday Times
'Enchanting debut... This book is a delight' - Daily Mail
'On one level this is pure escapist joy, an adventure story about the extraordinary bond between a child and an animal. But there is a deeper message at work, too. April shares the urgent concerns of so many young people about the environment, witnessing first-hand the impact of climate change. And Gold gives her the agency to make an impact, a move that will resonate with children who feel powerless. A beautiful, unforgettable debut, enhanced by Pinfold's breathtaking art.' - Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
'An utterly transporting story... Fierce and wild and full of hope. And Levi Pinfold's artwork is DIVINE.' - Abi Elphinstone, author of Sky Song
'A triumph from start to finish' - Nizrana Farook, author of The Girl Who Stole an Elephant
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