Moon Bear by Gill Lewis

Moon Bear

Written by Gill Lewis
Illustrated by Mark Owen

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May 2013 Book of the Month

Best-selling Gill Lewis tells a hard hitting story as she opens reader’s eyes to the appalling treatment of bears and their natural environment. Tam’s world implodes when his father in killed by a mine. Sent away from everything he knows, he is given a job in a bear farm. Tam has no idea of the appalling cruelty he is about to witness. The bears are viciously treated and wickedly milked for their bile which is believed to have curative powers. Tam does everything he can to protect the bears and when a young cub is brought in he knows he must take desperate action to save him. Tam’s integrity and courage as he takes himself and the bear cub to safety is a powerful, touching and attitude changing story.

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Moon Bear by Gill Lewis

When twelve-year-old Tam is sent to work at a bear farm in the city, he has never felt so alone. He hates seeing the cruel way the bears are treated, but speaking up will mean losing his job. And if he can't send money home, how will his family survive? When a sick cub arrives at the farm, Tam secretly nurses it back to health and they develop an unbreakable bond. Tam swears to return his beloved cub to the wild, but how will they ever find a way to be free?

A powerful, deeply moving story of a boy and his bear both longing to be free, Moon Bear is an inspirational tale of courage and hope from bestselling children’s author Gill Lewis.


Moon Bear tackles the very gritty subject of animal welfare and describes the brutal way bears are farmed in Laos, caged, their bile extracted for use in traditional medicine causing the animals extreme physical and mental suffering. Jill Lewis is a champion of the welfare of wild and urban animals in Asia and supports the work of Animals Asia Foundation.

Never afraid to tackle the big issues, Lewis says 'I want to shine a light on the threats facing our world. It is the children in my stories who confront the threats facing the natural world and have the courage, determination and belief to bring about change. Their voices need to be heard as they are the future custodians of our living planet.


Katie Humphreys, age 10 This book was one of the best books I have ever read! Moon Bear is very moving and I love the way that this story is written all about bravery and survival. Click here to read the full review.

James Wilson age 11 Moon Bear is entertaining like no other book and I love this book. It is absolutely awesome....a wonderfully descriptive book and has some brilliantly disgusting stuff in it. Read this book and you will feel like you are part of the story. Click here to read the full review.

Emma Baird, age 10 This is a story of friendship and betrayal. I love this book because you really feel how the characters feel, it even made me cry at times. But it has a happy ending too. Click here to read the full review.

Rebecca Hooper, year 9 I loved this truly moving book Click here to read the full review.

Shannon Mitchell, year 8 full of heartbreak, joy and feeling Click here to read the full review.

Emma Turner age 11 Gill Lewis writes in an exciting style keeping the reader hanging on to every twist and turn of the adventure. Even in the last few pages my heart fell and rose again with the final events. Read this great book and join the fight to save the bears. Click here to read the full review.

Gill Lewis is an expert storyteller Red House

(Gill Lewis) is most definitely a writer to watch Fiona Noble, Children's Bookseller

About the Author

Gill Lewis

Before she could walk, Gill Lewis was discovered force-feeding bread to a sick hedgehog under the rose bushes. Now her stories reflect her passion for wild animals in wild places. She draws inspiration from many of the people she has had the fortune to meet during her work as a vet, both at home and abroad. Gill’s first novel, Sky Hawk, has been nominated for a total of fifteen book awards including the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the Red House Children’s Book Award, and the CILIP Carnegie Medal. Her second novel, White Dolphin, was shortlisted for the Centurion Book Award (Bath) and the Kernow Youth Book Award. Her books have been translated into many languages and have won awards including the US Green Earth Book Award and the German Environmental Prize of Children’s Literature. She lives in Somerset with her family and menagerie of animals, and writes from a tree-house, in the company of squirrels.

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2nd May 2013




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