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Shark Girl Hardcover – April 10, 2007
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Jane was once an artist, dependent upon that arm, that hand, those fingers to express herself on paper. Her other arm is fine, but her thoughts don't flow as freely down that way, and her other hand and fingers feel awkward, pudgy, unable to capture the pictures in her mind's eye. Everything looks and feels wrong, wrong, wrong.
Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham is 95% verse novel, with news clippings, letters, and phone conversations interspersed. At first, Jane feels as though she is maybe half of who she once was - maybe even less - but as she attempts to regain control of her life and regrasp her talents, she starts to feel whole again. This book is 100% heart. Recommended.
The author has written the story more like a diary from Jane's perspective. Picking up in the hospital after waking up for the injury, the story moves very quickly. The author has clearly covered all areas of concern for Jane and how she is able to deal with them. From interactions with her mom and brother, and extended family, all concerned about her returning to daily activities and being an artist. To her friends and their willingness to accept her with her being different now. And my favorite part was the relationship she makes with Justin, a little boy dealing with the loss of his leg.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has seen the movie and enjoyed it. A very quick read. And also would recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with anything in their life. There was a great message about picking up and continuing on.
This book is in the genre of biographical fiction. It tells the story of one girl's experience. It is written in free verse poetry and uses poems, letters, telephone conversations, inner conversation, and description of thoughts and events. This is the first time I ever read a book like this. Many people think this style is not very descripted, but it allowed to use my imagination on the details of the setting and I thought it was VERY descriptive on thoughts and emotions.
I could really relate to Jane. She is about the same age as me dealing with the same situations with school and friends. I could put myself in her shoes and imagine how I might feel if I were her by the way she describes it. In this book you could feel how much pain, suffering, and frustration that her and her whole family had to go through. Especially when it was little things that teenagers go through. This is also very relatable to parents, because it could be same way that the parents would react if they were in her mom's situation and same with family members. This story can relate to anyone that reads it.
I really really did enjoy this book and I suggest that everyone should read it. It had a very different kind of writing style to it and that's what made it interesting, entertaining, and really different. It may not be for every one but definitely is worth trying out.
By: Alivia Roberts
Its written in easy to understand language from the perspective of a 15 year old who lost an arm in a shark attack. It has letters added in sporadically and overall I think it would be an excellent read for a teen.
This book is good for children in 4th grade all the way through 7th or 8th grade. There are a couple of swear words in the book, but nothing to be worried about.
I liked this book a lot and I would suggest it to anyone!
Student Reviewer: Peace8747
Age at time of review - 11
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It was so good I loved every second and I totally recommend it!!!!!!!! Enjoy it because it is so awesome!!!Published 24 days ago by kit
This was a such a true story told from the heart and I enjoyed every moment of it. There were no boring parts and the author wrote Jane's story so amazingly. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Wonder Lover!
I really enjoyed reading this book. The set up was amazing :) I really recommend reading this book. It was very good.Published 1 month ago by this is a awesome game
I liked it a lot but it was a very slow moving book in the beginning and as it ended I wanted to know more, just more about her life as she got better. Read morePublished 10 months ago by sydney
True story about girl injured by a shark. I really enjoyed it.Published 13 months ago by Wilma Rademaker
Granddaughter enjoyed for summer reading and book project done for beginning of school,first time we did note fight to readPublished on August 23, 2013 by dolly noel
Bought this book for my step daughter, who can't seem to read enough. She loved and had it completed in about 2-3 days. She also like the movie based on this book.Published on August 8, 2013 by H. Trouten
This book is so touching. It really makes you feel bad for the victim. If you are considering to read this book, you should, it will not be a disappointment! It's wonderful!!!Published on July 29, 2013 by Branko Jovetic