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Moon Bear
Written by:
Gill Lewis 
Read by:
John Voce 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
8 hours 21 minutes 
May 01 2023 
Available Date:
May 01 2023 
Age Category:
Children (10+) 
Fiction; Adventure; Animals; Children's Fiction 
Bolinda audio 
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Award winning author
UK Author

Both torn from their homes in Laos, a boy and a moon bear cub form a deep bond in this moving and memorable tale of impossible odds and resilient hope, based on true and tragic conditions in Eastern Asia.

Twelve-year-old Tam ventures into a moon bear den in the mountains of Northern Laos on a dare. His goal is to steal the cub and sell it, making a fortune for his family. But the mother bear’s unexpected return upends Tam’s plan, and he barely escapes with his life. Then his life implodes anyway, as his entire mountain village is forced to relocate to make room for a new highway. Lured by the promise of electricity, running water and a television, Tam’s people move to an overcrowded village, and Tam’s father is killed by a stray landmine. Now the family breadwinner, Tam is forced to work hundreds of miles away in the city of Laos, at a moon bear farm where bile from bear gall bladders is used for medicine. It is a cruel, miserable place, and when a familiar face – the very cub he’d seen in the den in Vietnam – is sold to the bear farm, Tam knows he must save this moon bear, no matter what it takes.

'Lewis cements her position as a major children's writer with a powerful new wildlife novel about the South-East Asian bear trade. Highly recommended.'

'Gill Lewis'[s] eye-opening account of bear farming is utterly chilling.'
The Guardian

'There is sufficient Laotian history and culture woven in to provide an authentic, intriguing setting, along with just the right measure of suspense.'
Kirkus Reviews

'Opens your eyes, touches your heart, and is so engaging it almost turns the pages for you.' (on Sky Hawk)
Michael Morpurgo, bestselling author of War Horse