Winner of the 2023 Yoto Carnegie Medal for Illustration. Written by wildlife activist and scientist Trang Nguyen â€“ who was featured as one of the environmental heroes in episode eight of the BBCâ€™s Planet Earth III â€“ Saving Sorya: Chang and the Sun Bear is an inspirational graphic-novel adventure, based on a true story about a young conservationist who overcomes the odds to save a sun bear. When Chang discovers a bear farm near her home in Vietnam, she decides to do everything she can to save wild animals â€“ 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 â€“ the sun bear she raised from infancy â€“ back to the wild. Because despite being a different species, Sorya is Changâ€™s best friend. And letting a friend go is never easy, even when itâ€™s the right thing to do. With breathtaking graphic-novel style illustrations by award-winning manga artist Jeet Zdung, Changâ€™s daring story is for any young reader, animal lover, and intrepid explorer whoâ€™s ready for adventure!'A beautiful, moving and uplifting tale of perseverance and overcoming challenge, and how small steps can make a big difference.' - BookTrust'I cannot praise this book enough.' â€“ Mat Tobin'The epitome of wild and free.' - Kirkus Reviews, starred review'Stirring and gorgeously rendered, this eco-conscious tale is a superb purchase for all libraries.' - School Library Journal, starred review