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Summary

Imagine making friends with a polar bear....

The Last Bear is perfect for listeners of eight and over.

Winner of the 2022 Blue Peter Book Award

Shortlisted for the 2022 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize

Shortlisted for Children’s Fiction Book of the Year at the British Book Awards 2022

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.

©2021 Hannah Gold (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

“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)

"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 début, enhanced by Pinfold’s breathtaking art." (Fiona Noble, The Bookseller)

"A lovely thing." (Katherine Rundell)

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an okay story

it was okay. a little cheesy and I dont feel like the narrator was a good fit for this audiobook but thats just me lol, I got annoyed how bear sounded in a british accent. its still a cute story tho

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Beautiful, Emotionally Touching and Real

Such a lovely story that touchs you in your very soul and makes the world critis we are in very real. This book is one of those stories you need to read no matter your age.

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𝗔𝗺𝗮𝘇𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸

𝗜 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝗼 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝗻𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝘁.

𝗕𝗿𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗱𝗲𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗹𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗻𝗱

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Award winning author

Such a beautiful story. Written by an amazing lady, my sister in law...incredible. Enchanting amazing!