The Last Bear and The Lost Whale with Hannah Gold 

Imagine making friends with a polar bear or a grey whale.

Hannah Gold’s novels feature unforgettable adventures which celebrate the love between a child and an animal and show that no one is too young or insignificant to make a difference.  

In her interactive event she will tell us how she created the beloved characters April and Bear from her international bestseller The Last Bear, and introduce Rio and White Beak from her new novel The Lost Whale. She'll showcase the stunning artwork from award-winning illustrator Levi Pinfold, share real-life images which inspired her books, test your knowledge in her wild animals quiz and reveal her top eco-tips so you too can be a planet-saver.

"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 on The Last Bear

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  • Author: Hannah Gold
  • School Years: Yrs 3, 4, 5 & 6 
  • Date: 16/06/22
  • Time: 1.30-2.15pm (also available at 10.45-11.30am)
  • Venue: Spiegeltent, Hexham Abbey
  • Cost: £2 per child. FREE places for pupil premium children and staff 
  • Books: Available to pre-order for dedicating and signing after the event
  • Contact: Please email [email protected] for enquiries and bookings
  • School Resources: Teaching resources for The Last Bear can be found here 

The Last Bear is a battle cry for our world and an irresistible adventure with a heart as big as a bear’s.

"A dazzling debut... a magical, confidently told story – with beautiful illustrations by Levi Pinfold... I predict a roaring success’'. The Times  

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. The Last Bear is her middle grade debut which became an instant classic and international bestseller upon release in 2021. It won the Blue Peter Book Awards 2022 (Best Story), was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and is currently shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize. It was also the Saturday & Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week. The Lost Whale is Hannah’s second middle-grade novel which tells an incredible story about the connection between a boy and a whale and the bond that sets them both free. Both novels are illustrated by renowned artist Levi Pinfold. She lives in the UK with her tortoise, her cat and her husband.

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