The Last Bear by Hannah Gold

Imagine making friends with a polar bear…

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.

“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.

The Last Bear is well written and beautiful adventure story of friendship, nature, animals, and an important message on climate change. It’s never too early to be showing children how much care our planet requires. I loved the descriptive way in which the author told of April’s adventures on Bear Island. I was intrigued by the location, Svalbard and it is a place I would love to visit although health wise, I’d never cope with the extreme weather!

The story, is beautiful and with its extremely important message had me in tears at a few points. It is such a lovely story and I have recommended this to everyone.

I listened to the audiobook of The Last Bear, read by Helen Phillips and published by Harper Collins Childrens Books. I borrowed this from my local library using the Borrow Box app. I enjoy listening to audiobooks while crafting and it is brilliant that the libraries now have the ability to use an app to borrow audiobooks. I highly recommend anyone who enjoys audiobooks to check out which app their local library uses.

This should be an essential read for all children and I hope it can be added to reading lists. Come on, booksellers give this book all the hype it deserves and get this book into every household. 

After listening to the audiobook I purchased a signed edition of the book for my ‘keepsakes’ bookshelf so I could enjoy reading the story again and again. However, it didn’t even make it to the bookshelf before it was borrowed by my niece!

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Hannah Gold grew up in a family where books, animals, and the beauty of the outside world were ever present, and is now passionate about writing stories that share her love of the planet.

Her debut children’s book THE LAST BEAR was the Times and Sunday Times Book of the Week, nominated for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards. When not writing, she is busy hunting for her next big animal story as well as practicing her roar and keeping an eye out for hearts made from nature. She lives in the UK with her tortoise, her cat, and her husband. You can find out more about Hannah and sign up to her ‘Bear Club’ newsletter at

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