The Last Bear – Hannah Gold

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…….

The Book Warren to Archie M-H (13) and John M-H (11): Did you enjoy reading The Last Bear and what did you learn from it?

John: A great for children 8 – 12; the book was very interesting in the way the environment is described and helps you understand how bad climate change is. It is written in a way that I understood throughout the book and didn’t take away the suspense of the story. 

Archie: It made me feel bad and emotional about what we are doing to our planet and made me realise what we should stop doing and try to put things right.

The Book Warren to Archie: Did the book give inspire ideas as to how you could make a difference? 

Archie: Yes, it really put things into perspective when doing my geography lesson at school on climate change. I will be thinking more about the changes we should make in our lives.

The Book Warren to John: When thinking of the characters in the story, what were your impressions of them?

John: The main character was April, she was inquisitive and wanted answers to questions. She wondered why they were moving to Bear island, her parents wouldn’t tell her and then she found out that they were there to look at climate change and went to an arctic scientific site and did climate change research. She found a lonely, hungry bear, the last one on the island.

The Book Warren to Archie: Thinking about how the story made you feel, tell me about the Bear?

Archie: They helped the last polar bear, hungry and on his own – (spoilers) they let it go free from the island to save it and it was a really lovely, moving moment in the book. Insightful and made me think about the future of our animals.

The Book Warren to Archie and John: Did you enjoy the book? Would you recommend to others?

Archie and John: We both really enjoyed the story, it was quite emotional but in a good way. We think that this would make a great book for Yr’s 2 to 4 as a class reading book.

Thank you to both Archie and John for taking time to read this book and for their great reviews.

The Book Warren, Archie and John would like to say thank you to HarperCollins for allowing them to read and review the advance reading copy of this book.

18 February 2021

The Last Bear – Hannah Gold (Author) Levi Pinfold (Illustrator)

Published 18th February 2021

HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN: 9780008411282                        Hardback 304 pages

Children/Juvenile Readership Audience        


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