Finding Bear

Hannah Gold, illustrated by Levi Pinfold

With achingly beautiful descriptions of the bleak and brutal Arctic landscape this sequel to the award winning “The Last Bear” is outstanding.

11 year old April Wood is finding it difficult to settle back into her former life after her adventures in the Arctic. Her dad has a new girlfriend and April’s classmates don’t understand her. When she hears that a polar bear has been shot and injured in Svalbard, April persuades her father that they need to return. This time though it is winter and what follows is an incredible journey, with an important discovery as April races across the ice to find Bear. 

The very strong environmental message about the effect of climate change on wild animals shouts loudly from this book and yet it is the fictitious relationship between April and Bear that really makes this book sing. With beautiful illustrations from Levi Pinfold, Finding Bear can be read either as a sequel or as a stand-alone novel. It comes highly recommended.

Published by HarperCollin’s Children’s Books, 2023 (352 pages)

Reviewed by Rachel Bolton