The Last Bear by Hannah Gold

The basics

Title: The Last Bear


Series: The Last Bear #1

- The Last Bear (2021)
- Finding Bear (2023)

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Goodreads Summary:

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.

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What happened in The Last Bear?

  • April’s father takes a job in the Arctic. It’s a very isolating position, but he’s still grieving the death of April’s mother so he thinks this is a good move for him and his daughter.
  • April does not enjoy being at the Arctic post on Bear island at first. One day when she’s off exploring by herself (which she is definitely NOT supposed to do) she comes across a male polar bear.
  • She of course names him Bear.
  • April discovers that Bear has some plastic waste wrapped around his foot. She distracts him so she can get it off.
  • April knows that polar bears aren’t supposed to be on this island and so Bear must have gotten stuck. He seems very skinny and hungry, so she feeds him mostly with peanut butter. This means that April and her father’s food stores are depleting rapidly.
  • April’s father realises that she has been hanging out by herself outside and they argue. He doesn’t believe her about Bear.
  • April travels in the sea with Bear to try to help him get home, which is a silly idea because it’s freezing but it’s also very brave. April’s father and some Norwegians save her.
  • Bear gets home and roars goodbye to April.
  • April and her father return to the UK.

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