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The Girl who Speaks Bear

Sophie Anderson, Kathrin Honesta

The Girl who Speaks Bear


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5 out 5

190 reviews

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2021 CARNEGIE MEDAL ""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 ""Enchanting story."" - The Daily Telegraph 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.



The Girl who Speaks Bear I would recommend to anyone. It is about the lovely nature around us. Yanka, who lives with her foster mum, Momoka, goes to a snow festival where she falls off an ice palace causing her legs to turn into the legs of a bear. Rather than going to the hospital she goes into the woods to find out the truth about her past. She makes lots of new friends including Yuri who is an Elk, Ivan a wold and Elena & Valentina who are human. Mousetrap is her pet weasel who comes with her into the woods. She has lots of adventures with her friends which lead to her finding out the truth about her past. She eventually goes back to live with Momoka. I started reading this with my class and I loved reading it so much that I had to finish it by myself. 5 star review

Princess Iggy Fascination 30.08.2023


It was a beautiful book about the beauty of the forest and how to find your hearts true purpose

Anonymous 30.08.2023


A really nice book about how you can find your place and family by going on big adventures!

Sir Dragon Jellybaby 06.08.2023


Adventure and fun!

Empress Agnetha Quarantine 18.07.2023


I loved this book because she finally found out about her past but my favourite thing was when she escaped to the forest

Empress Boadicea Owl 14.07.2023


This book was Amazing! This book is so amazing and full of interest that even when the vacuum was on I could not hear but the words of the characters. I love all the humor in it and the twists and the emotions of this book. this book is very detailed and is loving. Also it does't end so quick once she is nice, cozy and safe something still happens. My favourite character is the weasel and is named mousetrap for certain reasons. He is the one who makes me laugh the most. I recommend to ages of 9-13 as it is very complex and a little complicated.

Mademoiselle Rose Teabag 12.07.2023

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This was a very interesting story and one of the longest stories I have ever read. I loved the main character as she wasn’t selfish and loved her family very much and it had very good twists and surprises. It was a great adventure.

Queen Peaches Peanut-butter 11.07.2023


Pretto nice

Anonymous 08.07.2023


I liked Yanka best because she is very brave. I would recommend this book to people which like adventurous books.

Dame Marge Sudoku 06.07.2023


I loved the connection to her first book, and all of the different feelings of Yanka. Also loved the mini stories.

Fairy Pansy Menace 02.01.2023


I thought that this was a very heart warming book of a girl who wanted to find her real mother and father. My thoughts on what I have read are that Mousetrap is a very talented little Weasel. My favourite character was Mousetrap because even though he is small he can fight off pretty much anything it seems. I would recommend this book to another person because it a book where you feel for the character and want them to do their best

Viscountess Cynthia Pineapple 21.09.2022


I loved it soooooooo much!!! The character I liked best was 2 (I can’t choose a person) is Ivan the wolf and mousetrap the weasle. I’ve got other books to get on with-BYE!!!

Fairy Aphrodite Shortbread 09.09.2022


This was a very good book full of adventure perfect for kids who like mystery and adventure

Viscountess Agnetha Mystery 05.09.2022


The person i liked the best was anatoly and its about about a girl that was born in a village and her family had a curse that they would all turn into bears.

Dame Tulip Gooseberry 04.09.2022


I rated this book 5 stars as it is adventurous and mysterious. I would recommend this to someone else as it is exciting.

Judge Dragon Supermarket 03.09.2022


It was an awesome book, probably one of the best I’ve ever read! I absolutely loved it. My favourite characters were Yanka, Mousetrap, Yuri, Blakiston, Ivan, Anatoly and Bear Tsarina because they were the good guys and the main characters. I would recommend it to Maia and Ben.

Countess Angel Sausage-Roll 02.09.2022


My favourite character in this story is Mousetrap. If you like animal stories you should definitely read this book. Yanka is a girl who lives with her Grandma. She was found in a bear cave by her grandma when Yanka was a baby. One day Yanka gets bear legs! She travels to meet and defeat Smey the Dragon to break the curse

Nurse Rose Flattery 26.08.2022


Quite an adventures book, recommend to someone who believes in magic

Mademoiselle Bunny Fink 25.08.2022


This book is about a girl who goes to the forest to find her past

Dragon Cornetto Hoverboard 20.08.2022


It has a very good story line and I love how its all about finding out who you are and how all the animals help her.

Dona Bernice Bojangles 18.08.2022

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