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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Overview


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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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545615457
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 217,694
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Michael Northrop has written short fiction for WEIRD TALES, the NOTRE DAME REVIEW, and MCSWEENEY'S. His debut novel, GENTLEMEN, earned him a PW Flying Start, and his YA thriller, TRAPPED, was published in 2011 to great acclaim. An editor at SPORTS ILLUSTRATED KIDS for many years, he now writes full-time from his home in New York City. You can visit him online at www.michaelnorthrop.net.
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