- UK Edition
A lyrical, thought-provoking tale about a tender friendship that triumphs over fear.
Lonely Alma longs to explore the lush forest that surrounds her narrow town. One night, she sets off into the trees and finds a frightened bear cub. The two become best friends but not everyone is so welcoming. Alma is forced to make a difficult choice and together she and Star Bear set off on a journey of discovery in search of a place to call home.
The Guardian‘s Best Children’s Book of the Month
Ali Standish’s award-winning and bestselling books include the Carnegie-nominated The Ethan I Was Before, August Isle (titled The Secret Summer in the UK), Bad Bella, The Climbers, How to Disappear Completely, The Mending Summer, and Yonder. Her books have received starred reviews, have been named as Indies Introduce and Indies Next titles, and have been nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards. She grew up splitting her time between North Carolina and several imaginary worlds. The only award she ever won in school was for messiest desk, but that didn’t stop her from going on to get degrees from Pomona College, Hollins University, and obtaining a master’s degree in Children’s Literature from the University of Cambridge. Ali also spent several years as a teacher/program administrator in the Washington DC Public School system. She still spends most of her time in her imagination, but you might just spot her walking her two rescue dogs with her Finnish husband and their son around her neighborhood in Raleigh, North Carolina.
You can visit her online at alistandish.com.