The Lost Whale
Hannah Gold, Levi Pinfold
The Lost Whale is the enchanting second novel from the author of The Last Bear: the bestselling debut hardback of 2021 and The Times Children’s Book of the Week, shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and winner of the Blue Peter Award
‘Unforgettable highly accomplished animal adventure about the connection between a boy and a whale, with strong ecological themes’ The Bookseller, Editor’s Choice
What if you could communicate with a whale?
Rio has been sent to live with a grandmother he barely knows in California, while his mum is in hospital back home. Alone and adrift, the only thing that makes him smile is joining his new friend Marina on her dad’s whale watching trips. That is until an incredible encounter with White Beak, a gentle giant of the sea changes everything. But when White Beak goes missing, Rio must set out on a desperate quest to find his whale and somehow save his mum.
Dive into this incredible story about the connection between a boy and a whale and the bond that sets them both free.
Perfect for readers of 8+, beautifully illustrated throughout by Levi Pinfold – winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and illustrator of Harry Potter 20th anniversary edition covers.
Praise for The Last Bear '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 'Utterly entrancing - full of wildness and love' Carlie Sorosiak, author of I Cosmo 'A lovely thing' Katherine Rundell, author of Rooftoppers 'An utterly transporting story . . . Fierce and wild and full of hope. And Levi Pinfold's artwork is DIVINE' Abi Elphinstone, author of Sky Song 'A triumph from start to finish' Nizrana Farook, author of The Girl Who Stole an Elephant 'Both a hug and a battle cry with the most beautiful friendship at its heart. April and Bear's bond changes them both forever. And it might just change you too' Aisling Fowler, author of Fireborn 'A beautiful story . . . My heart went out to Bear and April and the lost environments of the north. This is a hugely important and moving read, that shows just what toll climate change is taking on the natural world' Lauren James, author of The Quiet at the End of the World 'I loved this book . . . What a wintry treat!' Francesca Gibbons, author of A Clock of Stars 'A dazzling debut . . . A magical, confidently told story - with beautiful illustrations by Levi Pinfold . . . I predict a roaring success' The Times Children's Book of the Week 'A lyrical debut' Telegraph 'A roaring call to protect the planet' The Sunday Times, Children's Book of the Week 'A stunning debut, amplified by exquisite illustrations' Amanda Craig, New Statesman 'It might just be one of the most important children's books of the decade . . . as close to perfect as a children's book can be' Linda Hill, LindasBookBag
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