Up to now the mountains and woods in the north of Laos have been home to Tam. But because of a planned dam his complete village is cleared and relocated by soldiers. When his father is killed by a land mine while working in the fields, Tam has to care for his family. He has to look after the black moon bears which are kept on the smallest of spaces on a bear farm.
There, the bears are tapped for bile to sell it as medicine. One day a sick cub is taken to the farm. Tam recognizes it at once as he has already held it in his hands in a bear’s den in his old home. His biggest wish is to set this animal free and take it back to the mountains. But how? Suddenly Tam gets unexpected help!
This book is suitable for young adults aged 8 and 12.
Gill Lewis is the author of the critically acclaimed Wild Wings and One White Dolphin, both winners of the Green Earth Book Award, as well as Moon Bear. A veterinarian, her love of animals and the natural world plays a big part in her writing. She lives in the UK.
Allessandro Gottardo was born in Pordenone in 1977. He studied art in Venice and illustration at the Istituto Europeo del Design in Milan, Italy. He works and lives in Milan.