Shark Girl

26 05 2012

Lately there have been a whole bunch of really good novels for young people written in poetry form.  I read Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate earlier this year, and that was fantastic.  Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall by Wendy Mass (who visited our school a few years ago) is a great book.  Love that Dog and Heartbeat by Sharon Creech, Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse, and Sold by Patricia McCormick are all wonderful books – and really quick reads  – that are great novels with outstanding characters told in a series of poems.

Yesterday I read another one – Shark Girl  by Kelly Bingham.  This one’s about a 15 year old girls who is attacked by a shark during a family trip to the beach.  She loses her right arm, the one she uses to draw and paint, so she seems to lose a little bit of her self worth too.

The story takes place over the course of about a year, during which Jane deals with her mom’s need to protect her, her brother going away to college, her friends looking at her just a little bit differently, and the stares and pseudo-sympathy of complete strangers that just won’t let her create her “new normal.

Shark Girl is a great summer read.  It’s quick (I don’t read fast, and I finished in one day), it’s interesting, and it has a wonderful main character that you really want to root for.

In my effort to read 90 books in 90 days this summer, Shark Girl is number 2.  Follow my progress here or on Twitter @MCLiterature.

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