Shark Girl

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Now in paperback— A teenager struggles through physical loss to the start of acceptance in an absorbing, artful novel at once honest and insightful, wrenching and redemptive.

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 ...

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Overview

Now in paperback— A teenager struggles through physical loss to the start of acceptance in an absorbing, artful novel at once honest and insightful, wrenching and redemptive.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
Jane Arrowood was a normal fifteen-year girl with some special talents in the drawing department until that day at the beach when she was attacked by a shark. The resulting loss of her right arm above the elbow nearly kills her and changes her life forever. Compounding the more typical problems a teen might face from such a significant trauma is the fact that she becomes nationally famous, thanks to some thoughtful person who videotaped the whole event and sold it to the news services—why didn't he help her instead of filming it, she wonders? The story is told through a series of free verse musings a la Sonya Sones, letters sent from total strangers offering sympathy and advice, telephone call transcripts, newspaper articles, and e-mails. We are privy to her private arguments with herself about how things could have turned out differently if only she had... While working with the hospital rehab specialist, she is befriended by ten-year-old Justin, whose uncomplicated acceptance of her and his own plans to move on with his life soothe her battered soul. Although I was prepared to dislike this book because of the sensationalistic premise upon which it is based, Jane is in fact an utterly believable and empathetic character struggling with fear about how people will treat her, depression about her future prospects as an artist, doubts and self-pity about "why me," and periods of resolve to get back her life. Family and friends are realistically portrayed as suffering collateral damage yet trying, often imperfectly, to reassure and support Jane. This would be an excellent book for stimulating discussion about disabilities and differences in general, and about recovering from loss. Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763632076
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 4/10/2007
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 937,755
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.97 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Kelly Bingham was a story artist and director for Walt Disney Feature Animation before obtaining her MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College. This is her first novel. Kelly lives in Ellijay, Georgia.

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GHOST

Sometimes
I can still feel my right hand,
like a best friend;
weighted,
warm.

Sometimes
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.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    !

    Its like soul surfer

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

    Buy it!!!

    This book was really good. It makes u appricate wat u hve.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    Shark girl!!

    This is the best book its sad but inspriaring

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

    Drama Queen

    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.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2008

    Shark Girl Book Review

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2012

    Shark Girl is written by Kelly Bingham. This book is about a fi

    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.


    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    Question

    Is this book based on a true story????????????????

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    Best

    Best book ever written it really brings out the meaning of hope and dreams

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    Was a good and sad book

    Good book and was very sad at the beginning but in the end was really good.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    Cheeters!!!!!!!!!

    Soul surfer is like...the same!!!!!!BUT BETER!!!!!!JESSIE ANGRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    This book is for Bethany Hamilton she knows about this book and

    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 time 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Laura

    I didnt read this book but isnt it totally copying bethany hamiltons soul surfer story? I dont really understand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    Mason

    Emily you here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    Emily

    At res 2

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Supportbethanyhamilton.weebly.com

    Go there if you support Bethany Hamilton and Soul Surfer instead of this Jane character and Shark Girl. (Delays may cause the site to be published after January 19, 2014. If you aren't happy with the content of the site, please let me know immediately. Please support Bethany Hamilton by visiting this site!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    Healing

    Incredible insight

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    Great!

    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 :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    Bob

    So hard to read dosent make any sense! Grrrrr!

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  • Posted June 9, 2013

    I¿ve had this book on my Kindle for a while. I watched the movi

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    READ THIS COMMENT!

    This is a really great book and should receive five stars fron everyone!

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