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Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board Hardcover – October 5, 2004
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Gr. 6-9. Readers may not recall the name Bethany Hamilton, but after a glance at the cover photo, they'll recognize her as the girl who lost her arm to a shark while surfing. Hamilton tells her own story, though in many places the narrative sounds more like it's from an adult's perspective--perhaps from an adult coauthor. It begins with the moment a giant white shark chomps off her arm. She then goes back to discuss the events leading up to the attack and to describe what her life was like before the tragedy--home-schooling in a strong Christian household and lots of competitive surfing. Hamilton's account is suffused with her feelings for God and His impact in her life. Perhaps because of this relationship, she never seems depressed about her situation; in fact, she is surfing again. The inset of color photos offers further insight into Hamilton's life. Although this may quickly date, it has automatic appeal for a wide range of readers. Ilene Cooper
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About the Author
Bethany Hamilton, who YM magazine called the "Bravest Girl in America," has been surfing since she was seven years old. Since her shark attack last year Bethany has participated in numerous competitions and has received the 2004 Teen Choice award for Most Courageous Teen and the 2004 ESPY Award for Best Comeback Athlete.
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My daughter, 8, had been watching the surfing movies with Bethany Hamilton the last couple of days becoming more and more a keen fan of hers. When the book arrived she was smiling from ear to ear and carried the book with her everywhere. What a way to add to the storyline of the films then a longer format book?
As a father I want to get as much of these seemingly good influences in her life while she is young. Bethany Hamilton's smooth spirit and patient style won me over fairly quickly. She seems to have a loving peace about her and it shows in her life.
I'll buy every book and movie she's in for a time to come I'm sure... I hope this helps someone else out there.
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