Shark Wars (Shark Wars Series #1)

Shark Wars (Shark Wars Series #1)

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by E. J. Altbacker
     
 

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Since the dawn of time, prehistoric shark clans called Shivers have ruled over the earth's oceans, fierce protectors of all who swim. For eons, the Big Blue has prospered under Shiver Law, and the delicate balance of sea life kept sacred. Until now.

Rising sea temperatures and overfishing have caused food to become scarce, and the battle for new hunting… See more details below

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Since the dawn of time, prehistoric shark clans called Shivers have ruled over the earth's oceans, fierce protectors of all who swim. For eons, the Big Blue has prospered under Shiver Law, and the delicate balance of sea life kept sacred. Until now.

Rising sea temperatures and overfishing have caused food to become scarce, and the battle for new hunting grounds has brought with it corruption and warfare.

Now, with the ocean on the brink of chaos, a young reef shark named Gray - exiled from the safety of his peaceful reef home - must venture deep into Open Water to unlock the secrets of his destiny and bring peace back to the ocean. But first, he'll have to discover the truth about who - and what - he really is.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
Gray is an adolescent (in every sense of the word) reef shark with problems. First, he is big—really big—and growing bigger than all the sharks in and around his reef home. Fast growth means constant hunger and his hunting for food has gotten him into trouble before. Second, he is immature, impulsive, reckless, sarcastic, self-centered, short-sighted, and lacks common sense. He is convinced he is cool, a "big fin," not a "flipper," not large but "big-cartilaged." He thinks nothing of calling his only friend (side kick?), Barkley, a dogfish shark, "codface," and regards other reef dwellers with disdain. Of course, all this gets him into so much trouble that he is banished from the reef and must venture out into the "big blue" to live on his own. He soon gets mixed up in wars between the shivers or shark groups—Sharks vs. Jets, sans dancing. If Gray's huge size gains him entry into the best shivers, does his attitude hinder him? While fans of talking animal stories may enjoy the book, consider this: the sharks in this book are hardly based on science. Sharks do not "glide to a stop" nor do they float. Sharks must swim constantly to live. While they do eat fish of all kinds, they do not go on annual "tuna runs." Sharks do not have an eating motto ("If a fish has color, find another. Silver or brown, gulp it down"). Nor do they refer to the famous writer, Machiakelpie (no child would understand this pun). Children learn from what they read, and the fishy characters in this book could provide a lifetime of misconceptions. Gray is no role model for attitude and crustaceans are not "just dumb snacks." Parents and teachers need to think before handing readers—even reluctant readers—this book. I recommend reading it first. Shark Wars is the first of the "Shark Wars" series. The prologue provides background. Reviewer: Judy Crowder
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Gray is a young reef shark growing up in Coral Shiver, one of the shark clans established in the sea in ancient times. The shivers rule the Big Blue, but they must be careful to avoid the "landsharks" who run the world above, hunting and devouring so many fish, including the mighty sharks. Gray, who is growing larger and larger, keeps sneaking off to hunt on his own—something he is as yet forbidden to do—until at last he is exiled from Coral Shiver. Gray's friend Barkley, a dogfish, soon joins him and they try to find a new clan. They encounter Goblin Shiver, which is a bit like a rough street gang ruled by tough-as-barnacles Goblin and sneaky Velenka, who has plans of her own to rule. The first volume of what will obviously become a long series, this story establishes, but doesn't develop, many threads. The result is a sketchy tale with underdeveloped characters and plot, and without a resolution.—Walter Minkel, Austin Public Library, TX

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101543146
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
06/14/2011
Series:
Shark Wars Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
201,853
Lexile:
710L (what's this?)
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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