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Surviving the Shark: How a Brutal Great White Attack Turned a Surfer into a Dedicated Defender of Sharks Hardcover – July 1, 2012

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“A gripping account. . . .If you want people to notice you at the beach, but you don't have a fitness trainer's body, take this book along with you. Heads will turn.” (Los Angeles Times)

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Jonathan Kathrein grew up outside San Francisco with his mother, father, and two younger brothers. He always enjoyed surfing, especially at the site of his attack, Stinson Beach. He was only sixteen when he was attacked, yet he demonstrated great poise and maturity. During and after recovery, Kathrein remains a driving force in shark attack prevention and shark awareness. He leads lectures and founded the nonprofit Future Leaders for Peace, which aims to share his shark experience. Also, in 2009 he collaborated with his mother, Margaret Kathrein, on Far From Shore, which is a retelling of the event from her perspective. They live in San Rafael, California.

David McGuire is the director and founder of Sea Stewards and a Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences. 



Wallace J. Nichols, PhD is a Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences and the founder of Bluemind: The Mind &Ocean Initiative. 

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616086807
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616086800
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,269,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author was a victim of a gruesome great white shark attack in 1998 off Stinson Beach, CA while bodyboarding. He knew he wasn't alone in the water, having been bumped shortly before the attack. It wasn't until he grabbed the shark and thrust his fingers in its gills that it let Jonathan go, after dragging him underwater for what seemed like an eternity. He sustained massive injuries to his leg, and thankfully, didn't have to have it amputated. Six hundred stitches and extensive physical therapy later, he made a full recovery. The book takes us through it all, from the attack through his painful rehabilitation from his wounds. He's an advocate for sharks, realizing that he was in ITS domain, where anything can and does happen. His story is inspirational and fascinating. I recommend it to any shark lover.
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Enjoyable book to read, and gain insight with the behavior of sharks in general, and the great white shark, in specific.

Just too many repeated passages in the later chapters of the book. Of course, the great news is young Jonathon did survive.
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If your reluctant reader needs a biography, TRY THIS ONE. It has black-and-white photographs of a 16-year-old kid who survived a shark attack near San Francisco in 1998. His determination to survive and recover, and to spread his message about the importance of sharks, is exciting reading!

There is nothing complicated about this story, in fact, the chapters are so repetitive that many kids may lose interest. But the photographs and length of the book may be perfect for your reluctant reader, or an older ESL student. Give it a try!
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