The Last Bear

Publisher: HarperCollins

Ever since her mum died, April's father has thrown himself into his work. So when he announces that they'll be moving to an uninhabited island in the Arctic Circle so he can take weather measurements, she's hopeful that they'll be able to spend more time together.

When they arrive, though, April's dad is still really busy, so she takes the opportunity to explore Bear Island for herself. One day, she spots a polar bear... but polar bears aren't supposed to be on Bear Island anymore. How did he get there? And how can she protect him?

Slowly, April gains the bear's trust and the pair form a strong friendship, but as she grows further apart from her father, she resolves to help Bear get back where he belongs - no matter what it takes.

This beautifully written story - featuring captivating illustrations from Levi Pinfold - is a moving tale that children will fall in love with.

Mixing the adventure of life in the Arctic Circle with danger, excitement, a touching exploration of April's relationship with her father and a thought-provoking exploration of the climate emergency, Hannah Gold's story is a reminder of the difference that one person can make.

Even though it's set in the Arctic Circle, The Last Bear is full of warmth. Young readers won't forget it in a hurry.

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