Virtual School Visit with Hannah Gold

Virtual School Visit with Hannah Gold

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Schools are invited to join us (free of charge) online for a very special virtual event.

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Virtual School Visit with Hannah Gold - Wednesday 11th May, 10.30am-11.15am

Schools are invited to join us (free of charge) online for a very special virtual event with the winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2022, Hannah Gold as she presents her award-winning and bestselling book, The Last Bear and her latest book, The Lost Whale.

Recommended age: years 4-6

In this interactive and engaging event, Hannah will share a little bit about her background and the inspiration for both her books. She will then give a short reading, before showing some illustrations and revealing her top planet-saving eco tips. There will also be a fun wild animal’s quiz so make sure pupils have pens and paper at the ready! Schools will also have the chance to put questions to Hannah for this special event.

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

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.

Waterstones Virtual Author Visits are the perfect opportunity to encourage reading for pleasure, introducing children to new books as well as fabulous author & illustrators, and to help inspire a love of reading even in the most reluctant readers. Taking part will support children’s literacy, creative writing and encourage a love of reading for pleasure.

Taking place on Zoom, this 45-minture webinar session will include a live presentation from the author, giving children the chance to hear about the authors book, characters and writing processes. There will also be a chance for children to have their questions answered live during the event!

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 Copies of the book can also be purchased as part of the ticket at £6.99 (The Last Bear RRP £7.99 – incl. P&P) and £10.99 (The Lost Whale RRP £12.99 – incl. P&P) between now and the event on Wednesday 11th May.

Pupils can send in their questions in advance by emailing with the author’s name in the subject line.

Once you register with your email address, you’ll be sent a Zoom link to the webinar. Registered schools will also receive an email including teachers’ resources and activity sheets that can be printed for the classroom.

This event will be hosted on Zoom. Please make sure you have Zoom installed and up to date on the device of your choice.

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