Bookstagram Tour: The Last Bear by Hannah Gold

Hey everyone!
Today is my stop on the Bookstagram tour for The Last Bear by Hannah Gold, and I have decided to share my post with you all on here, as well as on my Bookstagram.

Title: The Last Bear
Author: Hannah Gold
Genre: MG
Publication Date: 18th February 2021
Page Count: 304
Publisher: Harper Collins
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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.

Extract From The Book:

April was eating a bowl of cornflakes cross-legged on the floor whilst on the other side of the living room, her father dangled a piece of toast dripping with marmalade over today’s newspaper. It was the end of November, and April raced to the door when the post landed with a thud on to the mat. Maybe it would be a Christmas card from Granny Apples? She not only liked to send her cards early but was also her favourite grandmother because she smelled of warm, sugary pastry and lived next to the sea.

There were no Christmas cards, but there was a big fat envelope marked OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT BUSINESS and it was postmarked Norway.

She placed it by her father’s toast and he absent-mindedly picked it up to take a bite. When he realised what it was, a funny look passed over his face, as if someone had cast a magic spell into his eyes. 

‘What is it?’ she asked him.

‘We’re going to the Arctic Circle,’ he said, reading the letter and blinking fast. ‘I got the job. I didn’t think I would, to be honest – I thought they would choose someone local. But apparently my research paper on the scientific study of the earth’s atmosphere swayed them. It’s a weather station on a small island about a day’s boat journey away from the coast of Norway.’

April hopped up and down before answering. ‘What kind of island? How many people live there?’ ‘Ah.’ He looked down sheepishly. ‘It’s not that kind of island. In fact . . . there won’t be anyone there but us.’

‘Just us two?’ Something fizzy rushed through her. 

‘On an island all alone?’

He leaned forward in his chair. ‘Think of the adventures we will have. We’ll be like Scott of the Antarctic. The island is nothing like here – it’s got inland lakes, mountains, streams. Imagine it, April. It’s the last great unknown. There’ll be no cars, trains, planes. No roads even! It’s pure, untouched wilderness.’

About The Author:

Growing up, Hannah Gold’s biggest dream was to own a cat and be a writer and she’s happy to say she’s achieved both. After studying screenwriting at university she went on to work in the London film and theatre industry before following her heart to sunnier climes.

Following a series of adventures in various different parts of the world, she settled in the south of Spain and lived very happily there for about ten years until her future husband came along and dragged her back to the UK. She now lives in Lincolnshire with her tortoise, her cat, and said husband.

Hannah is passionate about writing stories that share her love of the planet and when not writing, she’s busy looking for her next big animal story and practising her roar.

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