Alison Donald works as a pediatric occupational therapist; The New LiBEARian is her first book. She lives with her family in Surrey, England.
Alex Willmore received his degree in Illustration for Children's Publishing from North Wales School of Art and Design and has previously illustrated educational and puzzle books, greeting cards, and stationery. The New LiBEARian is his first picture book. He lives with his family in Northampton, England.
After severely injuring Peter Driscal in an empty parking lot, mischief-maker Cole Matthews is in major trouble. But instead of jail time, Cole is given another option: attend Circle Justice, an alternative program that sends juvenile offenders to a remote Alaskan Island to focus on changing their ways. Desperate to avoid prison, Cole fakes humility and agrees to go.
While there, Cole is mauled by a mysterious white bear and left for dead. Thoughts of his abusive parents, helpless Peter, and his own anger cause him to examine his actions and seek redemption—from the spirit bear that attacked him, from his victims, and from himself.