The Loneliest Polar Bear, by Kale Williams

heathero621's review

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hopeful informative medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes


In this investigative novel Kale looks at how climate change/global warming is effecting Polar Bears and those that live in the north where Polar Bears roam.  He also weaves in the story of Nora, a polar bear born in captivity, that was abandoned by her mom and everything that it took to get her to thrive in the zoos.

Nora is a polar bear that was in Portland for a bit and I remember her story, so that is why I wanted to pick up this book.  I learned more about her and I really enjoyed those bits of the story.  I also found the bits about Gene Agnaboogok interesting.  I felt like the climate change bits went with the story, but weren't always integrated smoothly into the story.  Sometimes it felt a little jarring when the author was talking about Nora to all of sudden being about Climate change (I guess the transitions weren't as smooth as I had hoped).  It was a short novel and if the climate change bits were taken out the book would have been more of a novella, so that is why I think they were added.  I preferred all the parts about Nora.  This was the first time reading the acknowledgements and I knew someone that was thanked, which was fun to see. 

I would give the book 3.5 stars.

joannema7's review

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adventurous emotional hopeful informative inspiring medium-paced
  • Loveable characters? Yes


I liked this book a lot more than I even thought I would. It's got cute polar bears, information about zoos and lots of information about climate change. The author wove these all together quite well.