Saving Sorya: Chang and the Sun Bear

Saving Sorya: Chang and the Sun Bear by Trang Nguyen

Saving Sorya: Chang and the Sun Bear

Trang Nguyen (author), Jeet Zdung (illustrator)
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An inspirational graphic novel adventure for 8+

Travel to Vietnam with this beautifully illustrated graphic novel, winner of the 2023 Yoto Carnegie Medal for Illustration

The illustrations in this graphic novel-style adventure are just gorgeous - so vivid and absorbing. The storytelling is exceptional, with an important environmental message that young readers will relate to - animal lovers and would-be explorers are going to love this!


When Chang discovers a bear farm near her home in Vietnam, she decides to do everything she can to save wild animals – by becoming a conservationist. After teaching herself survival skills and learning all she can about the rainforest, Chang is finally accepted as a rescue centre volunteer. But her toughest challenge yet comes when she makes a vow to return Sorya – the sun bear she raised from infancy – back to the wild. Because despite being a different species, Sorya is Chang’s best friend. And letting a friend go is never easy, even when it’s the right thing to do.

Trang Nguyen is a Vietnamese wildlife conservationist, environmental activist and writer, known for tackling the illegal wildlife trade in Africa and Asia.

Jeet Zdung is an illustrator who fuses traditional Vietnamese art with manga, using pencils, watercolours, ink and other digital means to create works of beauty and innovation.

Number of pages: 120
Reading age guide: 8 to 12 years
Publication date: 29th June 2023
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780753448342
Format: Paperback

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