A poignant novel about love, loss and sharks (with excellent illustrations). A book to read when you aren't pressed for time so you can enjoy the writing and feeling the feels (there's a lot!).
Another BIG fan here. This book is seriously so good. And, honestly, there is too much I loved to put in a short review. I feel obligated to mention the characters, though. Not one seemed unbelievable. It was like they could walk right out of the book without notice. In some odd way, I found that comforting… and inspiring, actually. We could all learn from the way they processed grief. They were kind and open and straight forward with one another. I kept thinking, “This is how we should always be.”
One of those stories that pulls you right into the hearts of the characters and takes you along on their rocky journey. To keep everyone from collapsing completely there are good friends, good neighbours and great white sharks. Nevertheless, keep the tissues close by.
It's not often that I read a book -- particularly realistic fiction -- that doesn't quite feel like anything else I've read, but that's how I felt reading this one. It's a great read for older kids who maybe aren't quite ready to make the leap into the teen section, but who are right on that line, and also for readers who really appreciate quiet, character-driven stories. I think this book is extraordinary -- it's about death and grieving, two themes that I absolutely tend not to gravitate towards in my reading, and yet I thought this was incredibly moving and gripping and all-consuming from the moment I opened the book. It's about the resilience of both humans and the animals in the world around us, and the way that we simply get on with things in the face of incredible loss, and how the people who surround us can help with that effort. It had a much heavier scientific bent than I was expecting, and yet the science is incorporated incredibly seamlessly with all the raw emotion, and I finished this book thinking both, "I want everyone I know to read this" and also, "How am I going to explain it?" It's not for all kids, to be sure (but then, what is?), but I think it might be the best middle grade book of the year so far.
Shark! The capture of a Great White close to Rockport, Massachusetts sets the tone for this new middle grade book about Lucy and her quest to learn about her dead mother, a renowned biologist specializing in sharks. This book contains some really great shark facts as well as a good bit of tragedy. Love the little band of folks that Lucy accumulates as she sets a goal of continuing her mother's work. The shark illustrations throughout are top notch. Would recommend to older kids.
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