Waterstones Virtual Event

Apr 27, 2022

Waterstones Virtual Event

On Wednesday 11 May between 10.30am and 11.15am, St John Vianney English Hub and Waterstones Virtual School Events are offering your school the opportunity to join them online for a very special event with Hannah Gold, the winning author of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2022 with her debut novel, The Last Bear and latest book The Lost Whale.

Recommended age: suitable for school years 4 to 6

About The Last Bear: There are no polar bears left on Bear Island. At least, that’s what April’s father tells her when his scientific research takes them to this remote Arctic outpost for six months. But one endless summer night, April meets one. He is starving, lonely and a long way from home. Determined to save him, April begins the most important journey of her life…

This moving story will win the hearts of children the world over and show them that no one is too young or insignificant to make a difference. The Last Bear is a celebration of the love between a child and an animal, a battle cry for our world and an irresistible adventure with a heart as big as a bear’s.

About The Lost 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.

About Hannah Gold: Growing up, Hannah’s biggest dream was to own a cat and be a writer and she’s happy to say she’s achieved both. After studying screenwriting at university, she went onto work in the London film and theatre industry before spending a few years living and teaching abroad. She now lives in Lincolnshire with her tortoise, her cat and said husband. Hannah is passionate about writing stories which share her love of the planet and when not writing, she’s busy looking for her next big animal story and practising her roar.

Her debut middle-grade book, The Last Bear, was the biggest selling debut hardback of 2021. It was recently crowned the winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2022 and The Blue Peter Book Award 2022. Her new book, The Lost Whale, came out in March. Both books are illustrated by award winning, Levi Pinfold.

You can submit questions in advance by emailing events@waterstones.com with the author’s name in the subject line.

Often pupils are very inspired to read the author’s book after the event, so we have created a special discount on The Last Bear and The Lost Whale for school account orders. Schools can save 30% on single copy or a class set by contacting accountsalesinfo@waterstones.com. Copies of the book can also be purchased at £6.99 (The Last Bear RRP £7.99 – incl. P&P) and £10.99 (The Lost Whale RRP £12.99 – incl. P&P) using the link below between now and the event on Wednesday 11th May.

Once you register with your email address, you’ll be sent a Zoom link to the webinar. You can register for the event at here

If you have any questions or would like to know more about St John Vianney English Hub events, please contact Gary Deane via englishhub@sjvprimary.co.uk.


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