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Moon Bear

Written by Gill Lewis

Illustrated by Mark Owen

Moon Bear Synopsis

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? Deeply moving and powerful, Moon Bear is an unforgettable story of compassion, hope, and bravery against overwhelming odds.

Moon Bear Press Reviews

'Moving, gripping and full of well-drawn, convincing characters, this is a powerful and inspirational book.' The Daily Mail 'She writes an utterly convincing story of ursine - and human - behaviour.' Mary Hoffman, Guardian '(Gill Lewis) is most definitely a writer to watch' Fiona Noble, Children's Bookseller 'Gill Lewis is an expert storyteller' Red House 'a tale of friendship and moral courage' Martine Chilton, Telegraph Online 'This is an eye opening, educational experience for young readers, which provides a wealth of information about bears in Asia...Moon Bear purifies a potentially miserable story with a natural magic and several beautiful friendships' 'It packs in adventure, love, loyalty, betrayal and an education in south-east Asian history. This is a cracking read, and Gill Lewis' moral compass points to true north.' Kitty Empire, Observer 'A moving animal adventure beautifully told, and perfect for fans of Michael Morpurgo.' TBK Magazine 'Gill Lewis' eye-opening account of bear farming is utterly chilling.' Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian 'Moon Bear by Gill Lewis is a moving story about a boy and a bear in captivity in Laos. It shows how ideas of freedom are relative to one another, particularly nature and mankind, the city and the jungle.' Jon Walter, WRD magazine 'It's rare when an exploration of so many important social issues is accomplished in such an entertaining and moving manner.' Chris Brandon Whitaker, Kidliterati

Book Information

ISBN: 9780192793539
Publication date: 2nd May 2013
Author: Gill Lewis
Illustrator: Mark Owen
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 304 pages

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