The Last Bear and The Lost Whale - Hannah Gold ***** WINNER OF THE 2022 BLUE PETER BOOK AWARD ********** WINNER OF THE 2022 WATERSTONES CHILDREN’S BOOK PRIZE ***** 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 Ages: 8+ Book Now BOOKING INFORMATION Babies under 1 go FREE (must have a ticket). Under 12’s to be accompanied by an adult. Concession rates apply to under 16’s only. Please note that a handling charge of 50p per ticket applies to bookings made in person or over the phone. No handling charges apply to online bookings. Carers qualify for free ‘essential companion’ tickets. Wheelchair spaces are limited, please call the Box Office on 01434 652477 to book (booking fees will not apply). To read Hexham Book Festival’s privacy notice please Click 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 The Lost Whale is an incredible story about the connection between a boy and a whale and the bond that sets them both free. "Unforgettable highly accomplished animal adventure about the connection between a boy and a whale, with strong ecological themes". The Bookseller About Hannah Gold 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.