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On a sunny day in June, at the beach with her mom and brother, fifteen-year-old Jane Arrowood went for a swim. And then everything — absolutely everything — changed. Now she’s counting down the days until she returns to school with her fake arm, where she knows kids will whisper, "That’s her — that’s Shark ...
On a sunny day in June, at the beach with her mom and brother, fifteen-year-old Jane Arrowood went for a swim. And then everything — absolutely everything — changed. Now she’s counting down the days until she returns to school with her fake arm, where she knows kids will whisper, "That’s her — that’s Shark Girl," as she passes. In the meantime there are only questions: Why did this happen? Why her? What about her art? What about her life? In this striking first novel, Kelly Bingham uses poems, letters, telephone conversations, and newspaper clippings to look unflinchingly at what it’s like to lose part of yourself - and to summon the courage it takes to find yourself again.
I can still feel my right hand,
like a best friend;
Mom looks for a tissue or the book lying among my covers and I reach for it,
then I remember
I cannot reach with that hand ever again.
Sometimes a prickle crawls across my cheek,
and that right hand tries to rise from the grave,
moved to scratch.
The fingers, palm,
wrist, and arm that I remember don't know enough to know peace.
SHARK GIRL by Kelly Bingham. Copyright © 2007 by Kelly Bingham. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Posted July 11, 2012
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Posted May 10, 2010
This book was extremely difficult to read. This story was about a girl who lives through a shark attack and loses a limb. Throughout the book, you read of her thoughts on how she could avoid the accident or all the troubles she's encountering. In other words, she complains the whole time and doesn't appreciate any of the help thats going on around her. I would constantly roll my eyes of how ridiculous the author sounded. We all go through our problems and for me to sit and read about a drama queen, it wasted my time. I do feel sorry for when such events happen to people but I myself am a victim of an unfortunate event that changed my life...But not even I would write a book that sounds so nagging.
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Posted October 25, 2008
Shark Girl, by Kelly Bingham, is nothing short of magnificent. The main character Jane is written so beautifully it is as if I've met her before. Her emotions and thoughts throughout the book are very realistic and detailed that I really felt her pain and the struggles she went through. I'll have to admit, when I first skimmed the book, I was a little skeptical about the poetic free verse format it was written in. It's not something I'm such a big fan of, but the way the author used it gave the words a stronger impact and meaning. This book was about something I had never really thought about before and before reading this book, something I didn't care about either. Now, I have an open mind about how surviving a shark attack, or any life threatening incident, can really affect your life. The author gave incredible imagery and emotion in her writing that it helped me picture what Jane was going through in my own little movie. I enjoyed this book so much I ended up reading it in one day. I highly recommend this book to anybody and promise that you won¿t be left disappointed.
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Posted May 13, 2012
Shark Girl is written by Kelly Bingham. This book is about a fifteen year old girl named Jane Arrowood. Jane is a good artist and loves to draw. She wins a lot of awards for her drawings. One day she decided to go swimming at the beach with her mom and brother. At the beach she was attacked by a shark. She almost died from the attack. She lost her arm above the elbow. This changed her life forever. She had a lot of problems because she thought she could not draw again. People kept telling her draw and she kept saying, “I can’t and I don’t want to draw.” But she would draw secretly and not show people. She drew a picture for a special boy that she became friends with in rehab. It was her birthday present to him. Drawing helped her accept her lost arm. She didn’t want to go to school because she thought people would make fun of her fake arm and call her shark girl. I really liked the book because I thought it was interesting to read about how a girl had to continue her life with one arm. I would recommend this book to teenage girls. I think that we could really relate to this story and the feelings that Jane has.
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Posted February 19, 2012
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Posted March 31, 2014
This book is for Bethany Hamilton she knows about this book and it is about her it is sad but good I didn't like that it just taked about the arm the whole timeWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted December 28, 2013
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Posted August 20, 2013
Posted August 8, 2013
I read this book during school i love it so much i finshed it in two days! I never watched the movie but i highly reccomend the book. Its a very well written book and i loved it a lot i hope you enjoy it as much as i did :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 9, 2013
Posted June 9, 2013
I’ve had this book on my Kindle for a while. I watched the movie over the holidays and decided I would read the book. Little did I know the two were not related. However, I really enjoyed the book. There were a lot of similarities between the two.
The author has written the story more like a diary from Jane’s perspective. Picking up in the hospital after waking up for the injury, the story moves very quickly. The author has clearly covered all areas of concern for Jane and how she is able to deal with them. From interactions with her mom and brother, and extended family, all concerned about her returning to daily activities and being an artist. To her friends and their willingness to accept her with her being different now. And my favorite part was the relationship she makes with Justin, a little boy dealing with the loss of his leg.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has seen the movie and enjoyed it. A very quick read. And also would recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with anything in their life. There was a great message about picking up and continuing on.
Posted May 19, 2013