Shark Girl

Shark Girl

by Kelly Bingham
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Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469274997
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 03/12/2013
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 7.12(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 14 Years

About 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 Bingham lives in Ellijay, Georgia.

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Shark Girl 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its like soul surfer
Aaron Brown More than 1 year ago
This book was really good. It makes u appricate wat u hve.
Natalie Lamm More than 1 year ago
This is the best book its sad but inspriaring
GabrielleS More than 1 year ago
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.
FollmanA More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this book based on a true story????????????????
Lara Hollberg More than 1 year ago
Best book ever written it really brings out the meaning of hope and dreams
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book and was very sad at the beginning but in the end was really good.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I don't really remember what it was about since it's been a few years since I read it but I remember enjoying it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love thibook so far
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is good but I think that they sorta copyed Soul Surfer and Aquamarine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is pretty much copying Soul Surfer i dont understand oh and i support bethany hamilton ps: i havent red this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didnt read this book but isnt it totally copying bethany hamiltons soul surfer story? I dont really understand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At res 2
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredible insight
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So hard to read dosent make any sense! Grrrrr!
DaleneH More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really great book and should receive five stars fron everyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got the sample of this book and hatee it it thought it was just because it was a sample. Well i looked it up at my school library and read it i hated this book even more. It didnt even make any sense. So do not get this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plagerized! Ever heard of Bethany Hamilton? She was way more inspiring than this WHINY, PATHETIC, EXCUSE FOR A HUMAN MAIN CHARACTER! THIS SUCKS!
boschr More than 1 year ago
In the book Shark Girl, Jane Arrowood is tragically attacked by a shark.  Before the accident, Jane was a very talented chef and artist.  At first, she feels there is no hope for herself.  After all the help from the hospital workers and her friend Justin, who like her is an amputee, she gets back on track with regular life and realizes life can still be a little like it used to.