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
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.
About the author
Hannah Gold worked in the film and magazine industries before taking time out to pursue her dream of writing. She lives in Lincolnshire with her tortoise, her cat and her husband.
- 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
- ‘A lovely thing’ Katherine Rundell
- ‘A stunning debut, amplified by exquisite illustrations. This is a glorious gift’ Amanda Craig, New Statesman
- ‘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
- ‘This book evokes a powerful and tender relationship . . . and is a roaring call to protect the planet’ The Sunday Times
- ‘ . . . enchanting debut . . . This book is a delight’ Daily Mail
- ‘On one level this is pure escapist joy, an adventure story about the extraordinary bond between a child and an animal. But there is a deeper message at work, too. April shares the urgent concerns of so many young people about the environment, witnessing first-hand the impact of climate change. And Gold gives her the agency to make an impact, a move that will resonate with children who feel powerless. A beautiful, unforgettable début, enhanced by Pinfold’s breathtaking art.’ – Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
- ‘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
- ‘It might just be one of the most important children’s books of the decade… beautifully written, exciting and moving … as close to perfect as a children’s book can be’ – Linda Hill, LindasBookBag