I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916 (I Survived Series #2)

I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916 (I Survived Series #2)

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by Lauren Tarshis
     
 

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Based on true events! It's the summer of 1916 and the Jersey shore is being terrorized by a Great White shark. Can 10-year-old Chet and his friends survive a swim in the local creek?

In the summer of 1916, ten year-old Chet Roscow is captivated by the local news: a Great White shark has been attacking and killing people up and down the Atlantic Coast, not

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Based on true events! It's the summer of 1916 and the Jersey shore is being terrorized by a Great White shark. Can 10-year-old Chet and his friends survive a swim in the local creek?

In the summer of 1916, ten year-old Chet Roscow is captivated by the local news: a Great White shark has been attacking and killing people up and down the Atlantic Coast, not far from Chet's hometown of Springfield, New Jersey.

Then one day, swimming with his friends, Chet sees something in the water. . .

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
Ten-year-old Chet is swimming in a creek when he sees a shark swimming towards him. This exciting beginning leads to other dangerous adventures regarding a mysterious killer shark in this fictionalized account of the true story. It is 1916, and Chet is staying with his Uncle Jerry in New Jersey for the summer while his parents are away. He helps his uncle in the diner. After the opening scene, the story flashes back to nine days earlier when his friends show him an article about a shark that attacked and killed someone in New Jersey waters. His Uncle Jerry refuses to believe it, but Captain Wilson, a former whaling ship captain, believes that it happened and he tells his own story about how he fought off a shark that had attacked him. Chet and his friends swim at the creek, and they fool Chet about a shark attacking them. Chet plays a trick on them, and the boys get mad because Chet's trick about being bloodied by a shark terrifies them. When Chet actually does have an encounter with a shark, they don't believe him. In another series of events, Chet gets bitten seriously by the shark, but at the end, he is on his way to recovery and is reunited with his parents and friends. Several pages at the end explain the actual events as they happened in 1916. This story will keep the reader's interest, but it does have its share of violence. The book is one of the "I Survived" series. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
School Library Journal
Gr 3�7—An absorbing story based on the shark attacks in New Jersey in 1916. Chet Roscoe, 10, moves in with his uncle while his father looks for work in California. He works in his uncle's diner and meets some local boys with whom he becomes friends. A story hits the papers about a shark attack about 10 miles away and their little town dismisses it as a fake, but a local fisherman begs to differ. The boys play a series of pranks on one another, but when Chet comes face to face with the shark in the river, the friends refuse to believe him, until they see it themselves. Black-and-white illustrations that resemble old photographs enhance the events of the story. Tarshis incorporates information about the real attacks and fictionalizes it, then follows the story with facts about the attacks and sharks. This is a gripping story that will hold the interest of reluctant readers.—Delia Carruthers, Roxbury Public Library, Succasunna, NJ

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545206952
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Series:
I Survived Series, #2
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
20,195
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
610L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author


Lauren Tarshis is the editor of Scholastic’s Storyworks magazine and group editorial director for language arts for Scholastic classroom magazines, in addition to being the author of the I Survived series and the critically acclaimed novels Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree and Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love. She lives in Westport, Connecticut, and can be found online at www.laurentarshis.com.

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I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 165 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think its a great book that makes you sit on the edge of your seat every chapter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a good book for grades 3-6 because it tells you about a kid who gets in a shark attack and survivess..Anyone will love this true story. I recomend this book *****five staz***** becase it entertains you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book the i survie shark attack of 1916 was one of the best books i ever read before !!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chet is a hometown hero after he sees a great white shark in the water and warns the people of his town. In this historical fiction schoolastic book, you will read about a young boy who is brave enough to rescue his friend in a life-or-death situation, even if it means injury to himself. Ages 9 to 12 would love this book. It's short, and I read it in an hour. Hope everyone loves this book! If you do like it, check out the other I Survived books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the i survive series
Ally Shore More than 1 year ago
This book was a great way to learn adout the shark attack in a fun and simple way
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book and i thought tht this was a movie and the end of the story was the good part of the story o how he save his friend
Bryce Neier More than 1 year ago
I would recumend it anytime
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was good even though it was short. The shark attacks and descriptions are pretty gorey, but they aren't awful. I would recamend this book to people who like shark attacks, suspense, blood, or gore
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Several years ago I read Close to Shore, a non-fiction account of the shark attacks of 1916, an event which did much to inspire Peter Benchley's Jaws. This book in the I Survived series recounts the events in a kid-friendly way that might inspire young readers to look at history in a new way. We know considerably more about sharks now, but it may well be mind-boggling to the intended 9-12 year old audience to think of a time when sharks were thought of as harmless. Entertaining and exciting especially as a vacation read before visiting one of the big aquariums...or the beach!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!! IT IS AMAZING!! 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing.i cant believe that really happened.......i think i hope you like this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is just kinda funny not scary but i gotta say ita a pretty good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought that the book was very exciting and intreging. Although it may have been short, it always kept me on the edge of my chair! I also want to compliment the author on her descriptive language. I could really picture everything as it was happening.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Super duper gooooooooooood book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter read this book and thought it was interesting. Not the kind of interesting that you wouldnt care for. The kind of interesting that you would jump for joy for. The kind f interesting that you would be on the edge of your seat for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reely funy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the best books i ever read it is sooo entertaining
Guest More than 1 year ago
My eight year old son who is not a reader, but I am trying to get him to be, tore through this book and extremely enjoyed it. As a parent I read the book as well and although it was a good read I found it a bit scary. I do definilty recommend it to any age group.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this series and i loved this book to!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the historical events
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The bnooks are all really good and i highly recommend them. But i really think barnes & noble shouldnt put the books if they dont put the first book. Otherwise the i survived series is really AWESOME!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The second book in this exhilerating series enters the life of a new 10 year-old Chet who takes place just a few years before the first book. When Chet is swimming in the lake, a shark comes. What happens? You will just have to "survive" to find out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I personaly love this book i highly recomend it for everone, not just shark lovers or people who like history. It for sure kept me on the edge of my seat. I am a very picky reader but i could not set down this book! I love it! Over all GREAT book, first one i have read.