It is time for this week’s First Lines Fridays post!
First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
- Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
- Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
- Finally… reveal the book!
The first lines of today’s chosen book are:
April Wood came face to face with the polar bear exactly three weeks after she had arrived on Bear Island. But before that, she had to get to Bear Island in the first place, and that journey began approximately four months earlier.
Up until that point, there had been a normality to April’s everyday life, although she was the first to admit it was a rather odd kind of normality.
And the book is…
The Last Bear by Hannah Gold (illustrated by Levi Pinfold)
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.
I recently received a copy of The Last Bear (thanks to Kaleidoscopic Bookstagram Tours, and Harper Collins Childrens Books) for a bookstagram tour, but because of COVID, it didn’t arrive in time for me to read it before my stop on the tour. I am so excited to read this though, and am planning for it to be my next read!
Have you read this book?
If yes, what did you think of it?
Let me know in the comments!
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