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Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands by Katherine Roy

A Robert F. Sibert Honor Book

Winner of the John Burroughs Riverby Award for Young Readers

Up close with the ocean's most fearsome and famous predator and the scientists who study them-just twenty-six miles from the Golden Gate Bridge!

A few miles from San Francisco lives a population of the ocean's largest and most famous predators. Each fall, while the city's inhabitants dine on steaks, salads, and sandwiches, the great white sharks return to California's Farallon Islands to dine on their favorite meal: the seals that live on the island's rocky coasts. Massive, fast, and perfectly adapted to hunting after 11 million years of evolution, the great whites are among the planet's most fearsome, fascinating, and least understood animals.

In the fall of 2012, Katherine Roy visited the Farallons with the scientists who study the islands' shark population. She witnessed seal attacks, observed sharks being tagged in the wild, and got an up close look at the dramatic Farallons-a wildlife refuge that is strictly off-limits to all but the scientists who work there. Neighborhood Sharks is an intimate portrait of the life cycle, biology, and habitat of the great white shark, based on the latest research and an up-close visit with these amazing animals.

This title has Common Core connections.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596438743
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication date: 09/30/2014
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 224,661
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: NC1330L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 11 Years

About the Author

Katherine Roy is the award-winning author and illustrator of Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands and How to Be an Elephant: Growing Up in the African Wild. She is also the illustrator for the Expeditioners series by S. S. Taylor and of Buried Beneath Us by Anthony Aveni. She loves science, history, and big adventures, and is endlessly fascinated by the way things live. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, she currently lives in with her husband and young son in Oregon, where she's still learning how to be a human. You can visit her website at to learn more about her work, her research, and African elephants.

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Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An exciting and engaging educational book for children. The author's art work and creative descriptions illustrate great white sharks in a digestible and interesting way for younger children. Not too science heavy, but gives children a unique look into one of the world's most fascinating predators. Kids definitely won't get bored with this read! Highly recommended.
Gardenseed More than 1 year ago
This is an exciting nonfiction book with dramatic illustrations and just the right amount of text for middle grades. I am giving it as a gift to a fourth grader .