Hannah Gold The Lost Whale


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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, winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award

'An irresistible ocean-loving yarn' - The Times

Shortlisted for Edward Stanford Children's Travel Book of the Year


Rio has been sent to live with a grandmother he barely knows in California, while his mum is in hospital. All Rio wants is for Mum to get better so he can return home. But everything changes when he joins a whale-watching trip and meets White Beak, a gentle giant of the sea. Rio forms an instant bond with the whale, and for the first time in ages he feels a spark of hope. Then White Beak goes missing and Rio may be the only person who can help.

Can Rio draw on their special connection to somehow find and save his whale . . . ?

Perfect for readers of 8+, beautifully illustrated throughout by Levi Pinfold

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'From the author of the bestselling The Last Bear comes another engrossing tale that blends ecological awareness with deftly plotted adventure'
- Waterstones, Books of the Year 2022

'The Last Bear, Hannah Gold's award-winning debut, explored the intense connection between animal and child that can help with expressing pain and anxiety - and The Lost Whale reprises that theme'
- Daily Mail

'A winning book from a master storyteller'
- Irish Independent

'Unforgettable highly accomplished animal adventure about the connection between a boy and a whale, with strong ecological themes'
- Fiona Noble, Bookseller

'A powerful and deeply moving story'
- Daily Mail

'The author's passion for the natural world currently under threat makes their book outstanding'
- New Statesman, Best Children's Books of the Year

'Lyrical page-turner'
- Observer

'An irresistible, ocean-loving yarn'
- The Times

'Simply beautiful - tender, heartfelt and hopeful with such crystal-clear storytelling. . . Rio and White Beak's story will stay with me for a long time'
- Sophie Kirtley, author of The Wild Way Home


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