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The Bear who Sailed the Ocean on an Iceberg

Written by Emily Critchley

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The Bear who Sailed the Ocean on an Iceberg Review

Adventure Stories Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 9+ readers Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE) Stories about Animals

Enchanting, cheering tale of a boy whose troubles are eased by an eloquent talking polar bear

Poignant, funny and radiant with friendship, Emily Critchley’s The Bear who Sailed the Ocean on an Iceberg is a warm-hearted, witty delight from start to finish, with big themes (bereavement, bullying and divorce) tackled with tremendous compassion and a magical touch.

12-year-old Patrick Jolly is jolly in name only. His mum is depressed following the death of his baby sister, his wildlife photographer dad is always away working, and he’s being given a hard time by bullies at school. Then, one Sunday afternoon, amidst this sadness, a most remarkable thing takes place. There, in the freezer, Patrick finds a polar bear. And not just any old polar bear. This is Wilbur Ambrose Cedric Reginald Montague the Third (Monty to his friends), a wise, well-read, well-spoken bear with impeccable manners, who turns out to be the best friend Patrick could have wished for. That said, trying to keep Monty a secret, and keeping him supplied with a regular stream of fish isn’t exactly easy.

The book’s inspired set-up and bond between boy and bear makes for a marvellous adventure story that imparts much warmth and wisdom through its charming, whimsical tenor.

Joanne Owen

The Bear who Sailed the Ocean on an Iceberg Synopsis

From a Carnegie nominated author, a brilliantly funny and touching story about a boy who finds a polar bear in his parents' freezer.

How did Monty get there? And who is Monty?

Official name, Wilbur Ambrose Cedric Reginald Montague, the Third; Monty to his friends. A huge polar bear who talks like he might have swallowed a dictionary as well as a library - he has read more books than Patrick knew existed -and whose stomach is always rumbling. ALWAYS. But how is Patrick going to feed him on his pocket money that does not stretch much further than a few tins of sardines?

The Bear who Sailed the Ocean on an Iceberg Press Reviews

Praise for Notes on my Family;

Exceptional young adult/crossover debut. Understated narrative voice reminiscent of Mark Haddon or Harper Lee.’  Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times Book of the Week

‘A warm, witty and moving look at one complicated family and the girl at the heart of it. Full of sincerity, intelligence and hope.’ Anna James

A compelling story. Brilliantly observed.  Julia Bell

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ISBN: 9781911427216
Publication date: 28/10/2021
Publisher: Everything with Words
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781911427216
Publication date: 28th October 2021
Author: Emily Critchley
Publisher: Everything with Words
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Suitable for: 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical, Personal Social Health Economic , Animals

About Emily Critchley

Emily Critchley grew up in Essex. She has lived in London and Brighton and now lives in Hertfordshire where she works as a librarian. She has a first class BA in Creative Writing from London Metropolitan University and an MA with distinction in Creative Writing from Birkbeck University of London. Notes on My Family, Emily's debut novel, was long-listed for the Branford Boase award, shortlisted for the Bristol Teen Book Award, nominated for the Carnegie medal and featured as The Sunday Times children's book of the week. Emily writes fiction for both children and adults.

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