The Battle of Riptide (Shark Wars Series #2)

The Battle of Riptide (Shark Wars Series #2)

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by E. J. Altbacker
     
 

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“A great fast-paced action-packed series.” —Wired.com
 
IT’S A SHARK-EAT-SHARK WORLD . . .
Everywhere Gray and Barkley swim, fish are whispering of a growing threat . . . of a shark named Finnivus who will eat anything—or anyone—and won’t stop until he has seized control of the entire ocean.
Finnivus has an

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“A great fast-paced action-packed series.” —Wired.com
 
IT’S A SHARK-EAT-SHARK WORLD . . .
Everywhere Gray and Barkley swim, fish are whispering of a growing threat . . . of a shark named Finnivus who will eat anything—or anyone—and won’t stop until he has seized control of the entire ocean.
Finnivus has an armada of vicious battle sharks to help him expand his empire—and Gray realizes that it’s up to him to save the Big Blue. But first he must train with Takiza, the wise and mysterious fighting fish who has promised to teach his young apprentice the secret of what it means to be a great warrior. Can Gray believe in himself—and find courage as big as his cartilage—in time for the epic battle that’s coming?

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Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
Did you know that sharks carry personal vendettas? That they can organize, get into battle formations, become king and ruler of the ocean and rest on top of blue whale "thrones," eating their vanquished enemy that is brought to the king on the back of a sea turtle? Or that sea urchins and certain crabs exist only as interior decorators for shark homes? How about that sharks can slap others or hug them with their tails? My, my! They do all this and more in Altbacker's second middle reader novel about Gray, a megalodon shark, and his colleges, including a dog fish sidekick named Barkley, a black-tip shark named Onyx, a great white named Striiker a sawfish named Snork, a stonefish named Trank that speaks like a 1930's New York gangster and so on. After emerging triumphant from battles and squabbles in the first book of the "Shark Wars" series, Gray has left his sheltered life and shark mom, Sandy, to make his own way in the "big blue" (ocean). He is now head of the Rogue Shiver and has to use all his wits to keep from being attacked and eaten by enemy shivers. Meanwhile, Finnivus, the evil emperor shark, and his huge shiver are bent on ruling the seas. He is well on his way after a particularly gruesome battle with other shivers. Is it up to Gray to save the big blue and all fishy citizens from the evil Finnivus? Gray reunites with his home shiver and goes into training with Takiza, a beta and famous "Yoda" of the fish world. Soon Rogue Shiver, Coral Shiver and the AuzyAuzy shiver are entwined in an epic battle for the freedom of all sharkkind. The book contains dozens of sea-dwelling characters all of whom have cute names, plus locations with confusing titles. For example, "Sparkle Blue" is fish heaven, "Big Blue" is the ocean in general and "Deep Blue" refers to the deep, dark waters of an ocean trench. (I have yet to figure out what "wet-wet" is.) Even humankind has its own name—landsharks. Readers may have to keep a chart. This series is reportedly popular with young and reluctant readers, but it carries anthropomorphism to extremes to the point that the sharks do not function like real sharks at all. Action is downright bloody. If clever sayings like, "don't look a bluefin gift in the mouth" and epic marine battles are appealing, this book is for you. But do not expect to learn anything about real sharks. Reviewer: Judy Crowder
School Library Journal - Audio
Gr 3–6—Rumors are flying across the Big Blue that Finnivus is threatening to take over the entire ocean in the second title (Razorbill, 2011) in the series by E. J. Altbacker. Gray, a giant shark, realizes that he must save the day when his family is threatened and other shark clans or shivers are destroyed by Finnivus. Gray must first train with Takiza, a wise fighting fish, in order to mentally and physically be ready for the challenge. Finnivus may be spoiled and power hungry, but many follow him out of fear and loyalty to his father. There are battles fought between shark armadas and clandestine alliances, but it comes down to whether Gray can accomplish his mission and fight along with his allies to defeat Finnivus. Joshua Swanson expressively narrates all the unusual characters with diverse voices, including Australian and gangster accents. This action-packed adventure is full of interesting characters and humor in a unique underwater world.—Teresa Wittmann, Westgate Elementary, Edmonds, WA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307916730
Publisher:
Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/13/2011
Series:
Shark Wars Series, #2
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

E. J. Altbacker is a screenwriter whose credits include work on various television programs including Green Lantern and Spider-Man. He holds an MFA in screenwriting from the American Film Institute and an undergraduate degree in Marketing from the University of Notre Dame. You can visit him online at www.SharkWarsSeries.com.

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