Trang Nguyen

Saving Sorya: Chang and the Sun Bear

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Winner of the 2023 Yoto Carnegie Medal for Illustration Written by scientist and environmental activist Trang Nguyen, 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 endlessly curious and tenacious Chang discovers a bear bile 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, documenting every rainforest plant and animal she sees in her field notebook, and disproving the critics who think she isn't old or strong enough, Chang is finally accepted as a rescue centre volunteer. But her toughest challenge yet comes when she's tasked with returning Sorya, the sun bear she raised from infancy, back into 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. With breathtaking art and STEM facts galore, Chang's daring story is for any young reader, animal lover, and intrepid explorer who's ready for adventure. It's Born Free for a new generation of readers.