Finding Bear

HarperCollins. Feb. 2024. 352p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780063296107.
Gr 3-7–In this sequel to The Last Bear, April is still concerned about the plight of polar bears and other problems in the Arctic. Her efforts to warn people about the dire situation have so far been thwarted. She worries if her bear is okay as she anxiously awaits emails for up-to-date information from the Polar Institute. When she receives news that a polar bear has been shot and injured in Longyearbyen, she is sure that it is her bear. She convinces her dad to return to Svalbard and to Longyearbyen. April needs to draw on her inner strength to survive the harshest place on earth—and the small, furry surprise she encounters along the way. Readers will be inspired by April’s resolve as she traverses the Arctic climate and ecosystems, and be highly entertained by this adventure story. This beautiful book will inspire readers to see the Arctic, to be moved by the power of love and the dancing northern lights. Pinfold’s detailed grayscale illustrations adorn the text both as spot art and full pages, enhancing the plot and character dynamics.
VERDICT A worthy sequel with lush artwork and plenty of action.

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