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The Girl Who Speaks Bear

The Girl Who Speaks Bear

Sophie Anderson
The Girl Who Speaks Bear

They call me Yanka the Bear. Not because of where I was found – only a few people know about that. They call me Yanka the Bear because I am so big and strong.

Found abandoned in a bear cave as a baby, Yanka has always wondered about where she is from. She tries to ignore the strange whispers and looks from the villagers, wishing she was as strong on the inside as she is on the outside. But, when she has to flee her house, looking for answers about who she really is, a journey far beyond one that she ever imagined begins: from icy rivers to smouldering mountains meeting an ever-growing herd of extraordinary friends along the way.

Interwoven with traditional stories of bears, princesses and dragons, Yanka’s journey is a gorgeously lyrical adventure from the best-selling author of The House With Chicken Legs.

“Sublime storytelling.”
Hilary McKay, author of The Skylarks' War
“The wildest imaginings have the ring of truth in this spooky fable.”
The Telegraph


Key Stage: KS2 E; Age 9+

BIC: D3N79

Price: £7.99
ISBN: 9781474940672
198 x 130mm

Illustrator: Kathrin Honesta

Sophie Anderson

Sophie Anderson grew up with stories in her blood, from her mother, who is a writer, to her Prussian grandmother, whose own storytelling inspired The House with Chicken Legs.

Now living in the Lake District with her family, Sophie loves walking, canoeing and daydreaming. She spends every spare minute reading, and loves to talk about books online, offline and to anyone else who will listen. Sophie’s dream is to create stories that help children to explore the world and fall in love with its beautiful diversity.

Sophie Anderson

Press Reviews

[A] charming and wintry, with a flavour of Russian fairy tales. A strong girl on a quest to find her true identity crosses ice and mountains and finds magical companions. Heart-stirring storytelling, illustrated by Kathrin Honesta.
The Sunday Times
This is a wonderful book with such hope and strength and warmth that appeals across the ages and generations with its roots in a Slavic folklore heritage and it’s reach stretching into the future,- book about love, belonging and the stories that bind themselves into hearts so deeply that we make them real.
Lily and the Fae (blogger review)
Marvellously-drawn characters and a timeless style of prose – along with the inclusion of traditional folk tales, all related to Yanka's story – come together to make The Girl Who Speaks Bear almost impossible to put down.
Enchanting story.
The Daily Telegraph
Written with passion and compassion, Anderson’s talent as a weaver of magic and creator of evocative landscapes is growing with every book.
The Daily Mail
An epic fantasy adventure of princesses, dragons and even a house with chicken legs.
Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
Timeless and urgent, full of tenderly dispensed lessons about belonging, home and wildness. A wondrous tale that will win readers for generations to come.
Kiran Millwood Hargrave
It sparkles with forest magic and the power of fairytales, but has its heart very much in the real world.
Cerrie Burnell, author of The Girl with the Shark's Teeth
Sublime storytelling.
Hilary McKay, author of The Skylarks' War
Grounded in ancient fairytales that fee; special and true and glistening with the very real magic of love and belonging, this is a gem of a story.
Catherine Doyle, author of The Storm Keeper's Island