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The Last Bear


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A stunning debut children's book and a battle cry for our planet

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Hannah Gold worked in the film and magazine industries before taking time out to pursue her dream of writing. She lives in Lincolnshire with her tortoise, her cat and her husband. The Last Bear is her middle-grade debut. Levi Pinfold's debut, The Django, won the Book Trust Best New Illustrator award and his second standalone picture book, Black Dog, was awarded the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for excellence in children's book illustration. This was followed by Greenling, which won the UKLA Picture Book Award. Levi has recently turned his considerable talents to illustrating fiction for older readers, creating exquisite pieces for the twentieth-anniversary special editions of the Harry Potter series and working with author A. F. Harrold on The Song from Somewhere Else, which went on to win the Amnesty Honour at the 2018 CILIP Kate Greenaway Awards. He currently lives in NSW, Australia.


'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 Children's Book of the Week

'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

'It might just be one of the most important children's books of the decade... beautifully written, exciting and moving ... as close to perfect as a children's book can be' - Linda Hill, LindasBookBag

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