Surrounded By Sharks

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A thrilling survival story from Michael Northrop, the acclaimed author of Trapped.

He couldn't sleep. That's how it all started.

When Davey wakes, just as the sun is rising, he can't wait to slip out of the crammed hotel room he's sharing with his family. Leave it to his parents and kid brother to waste an entire day of vacation sleeping in! Davey heads straight for the beach, book and glasses in hand, not bothering to leave a note. As the ...

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A thrilling survival story from Michael Northrop, the acclaimed author of Trapped.

He couldn't sleep. That's how it all started.

When Davey wakes, just as the sun is rising, he can't wait to slip out of the crammed hotel room he's sharing with his family. Leave it to his parents and kid brother to waste an entire day of vacation sleeping in! Davey heads straight for the beach, book and glasses in hand, not bothering to leave a note. As the sparkling ocean entices him, he decides to test the water, never mind that "No Swimming" sign. But as the waves pull him farther from shore, Davey finds himself surrounded by water -- and something else, too. Something circling below the surface, watching, waiting. It's just a matter of time.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Trapped :

A 2012 ALA/YALSA Readers' Choice List selection

A 2012 ALA/YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers

A Spring 2011 Indie Next List selection

"The pages turn like wildfire." --Booklist

"For readers of all ages. . . . The book buries you." --NPR, All Things Considered

"A gripping disaster story." --Publishers Weekly

Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Davey Tsering is on vacation with his parents and younger brother, Brandon a.k.a. Brando. All of them crammed into one hotel room on a tiny key just off Key West, Florida. Davey feels that thirteen and a half years old is too old to share a room with the rest of his family. When he wakes up early, he decides to do some exploring—it is impossible to get lost on an island so small he sees it all just by pivoting 360o in front of the hotel, right? He explores a while, until he discovers a sheltered part of the island, sporting a “No Swimming” sign. Well, he was not planning on swimming anyway. He settles himself by bushes up from the beach to reread one of his favorite books. But it is turning into a warm day and he decides to explore the water’s edge; he is not really breaking the rules if he just wades along the shore. After hiding his glasses and book and shoes under a bush, Davey walks along the shore, but when he wanders a bit further out into the surf he is sucked in by a rip current and carried out to sea. When his parents discover he is missing, they enlist the help of the hotel manager and local police, plus the resident Coast Guard officer. But not once do they ask Brando for his opinion. The rest of the book is about the search to find Davey and Davey’s experiences trying to stay afloat and then ward off sharks. The tone of this book is quiet, because Davey is quiet, but the author does ratchet up the tension. A nice read, with a variety of temperaments amongst the characters in the book. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan; Ages 8 to 12.
School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—Stuck in a hotel room with his parent and younger brother, Davey decides anywhere on the tropical island resort his parents brought him to is better than his room. He sets off to find a quiet place to read, until his family is up and moving. Deciding the lure of the water is too strong, he wades in too far and gets sucked out into the ocean by a riptide. Hoping for a rescue, Davey clings to a water cooler bottle to stay afloat, only to find himself in the company of sharks. The climax steadily builds as readers are pulled through the narrative via multiple points of view, including that of Davey; a tiger shark; and Brando, his adventurous younger brother. Overall, this story strikes a balance of suspense and action, all while interweaving intriguing facts about sharks. Of special interest for reluctant readers and fans of survival stories.—Stephanie Charlefour, Wixom Public Library, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545615457
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 138,825
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Northrop

Michael Northrop is the New York Times bestselling author of TombQuest, an epic book and game adventure series featuring the magic of ancient Egypt. He is also the author of Trapped, an Indie Next List Selection, and Plunked, a New York Public Library best book of the year and an NPR Backseat Book Club selection. An editor at Sports Illustrated Kids for many years, he now writes full-time from his home in New York City. Learn more at
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  • Posted October 18, 2014

    Davey Tsering saw the ¿No Swimming¿ sign.  But it wasn't even up

    Davey Tsering saw the “No Swimming” sign.  But it wasn't even upright, tipped over on the sand – and he wasn't going to swim, just wade …

    Michael Northrup's new novel, “Surrounded by Sharks”, appears on the surface to be just a formulaic story aimed at the non-adult reader.  However, this novel is about what is UNDER the surface – and that also applies to any preconceived notions of the plot!  

    The author spends most of the novel alternating between two scenes … Davey, as he drifts further and further from shor and his situation gets more and more complicated – and his family / the authorities, who are trying to find out how he might have vanished from a resort on an isolated island off Key West.  Mr. Northrup does a fantastic job at creating and building suspense, as Davey drifts in to deeper water and learns he's not alone in the water – and as it becomes obvious to the adults on the island that his disappearance may not have played out as they thought.  Toss in some likeable characters, and you have a winning book that is NOT just for school-agers.

    RATING: 5 Stars.
    DISCLOSURE:  I received this book at no cost as part of the Goodreads FirstRead program.  There was no charge, but a fair and unbiased review is always requested – but not mandated – as a part of that ongoing promotion.

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