Saving Sorya Chang and the sun bear

Trang Nguyen, 1990-

Book - 2021

"A middle grade graphic novel adventure based on a true story, in which a young conservationist overcomes the odds to save and return a sun bear to its natural habitat. 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 each rainforest plant and animal she sees in her field notebook, and disproving the crit...ics who think she isn't old enough or strong enough, Chang is finally accepted as a rescue center 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" -- Amazon.com.

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Subjects
Genres
Creative nonfiction
Nonfiction comics
Educational comics
Action and adventure comics
Ecofiction
Graphic novels
Comics (Graphic works)
Published
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers 2021.
Edition
First American edition
Language
English
Vietnamese
Item Description
"Based on a true adventure" -- Cover.
"Originally published in Vietnamese as Chang Hoang Dã-Ĝáu by Kim Dong Publishing Company, 2020"--Colophon.
Physical Description
112 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 20 x 27 cm
Audience
Ages 8-12.
Grades 4-6.
ISBN
9780593353639
0593353633
9780593353622
0593353625
Main Author
Trang Nguyen, 1990- (author)
Other Authors
Jeet Zdung (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

In this semi-autobiographical story, writer and conservationist Nguyen, along with illustrator Zdung, tells the story of Chang, a young girl who will do everything in her power to save animals and return them to the wild where they belong. Chang's dreams of becoming a conservationist are realized after she witnesses a bear being tortured one evening, and she brings that care and comfort to Sorya, a sun bear that Chang realizes needs to return to her own natural habitat. This book is full of interesting, sometimes disturbing facts around animals and the ways in which humans exploit and abuse them for monetary gain. Nguyen nicely balances the semi-fictional story with nonfiction elements, making this title appealing to a wide variety of readers. In soft, full-color, lifelike artwork reminiscent of watercolor paintings, Zdung forgoes traditional comics paneling, alternating between full-page spreads and layouts using unconventional placements. The plants and animals are rendered with naturalistic detail, which nicely bolsters the informational elements. A perfect pick for animal lovers and young conservationists. Grades 3-7. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 4–6—Inspired by the author's own experiences as a conservationist, this triumphant graphic novel charts the relationship between Sorya, a sun bear, and Chang, a young Vietnamese girl who helps rehabilitate her. Beginning and ending with the bear's release into the wild, the book explores key moments in Sorya's and Chang's lives. When Chang is eight, she is horrified when she stumbles across a mistreated moon bear, and vows to become a conservationist. Despite barriers—all the books she finds on conservation are in English, and many people tell her that a young girl can't be a conservationist—Chang perseveres year after year until she lands a volunteer position at a national park and bear rescue center in Vietnam. The center soon welcomes Sorya, a two-week-old cub. Chang learns everything she can so that she can teach Sorya how to eventually survive on her own. How hard will it be to say goodbye? With a warm yet realistic outlook, Nguyen's heartfelt tale is perfect for animal-loving fans of Katherine Applegate's The One and Only Ivan and Rosanne Parry's A Wolf Called Wander. Zdung's full-color art fuses traditional Vietnamese art with manga styles. The lush rain forest scenes are rich in detail, supplemented by fact-filled pages of Chang's field notebook that appear throughout. The mix of varied block paneling with stylish overlays keeps the pacing fresh yet also allows for some still moments of beauty. VERDICT Stirring and gorgeously rendered, this eco-conscious tale is a superb purchase for all libraries.—Alec Chunn, Eugene P.L., OR Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

After hard work and determination, 12-year-old Chang is finally accepted as a rescue center volunteer and is faced with her toughest challenge yet: returning the sun bear she raised from infancy to the wild where she belongs. Simultaneous and eBook. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

* "Nguyen’s heartfelt tale is perfect for animal-loving fans of Katherine Applegate’s The One and Only Ivan and Rosanne Parry’s A Wolf Called Wander."—School Library Journal, starred review An Eisner-nominated middle grade graphic novel adventure based on a true story, in which a young conservationist overcomes the odds to save and return a sun bear to its natural habitat.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 each rainforest plant and animal she sees in her field notebook, and disproving the critics who think she isn’t old enough or strong enough, Chang is finally accepted as a rescue center 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!