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I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916
Contributor(s): Tarshis, Lauren, Dawson, Scott (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0545206952     ISBN-13: 9780545206952
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
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Published: September 2010
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Annotation: In July, 1916, Chet Roscow is fascinated by news accounts of the great white shark said to be attacking people along the New Jersey shore not far from his home, but when he goes swimming in Matawan Creek he discovers the truth of the stories.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Shark attacks; Juvenile fiction.
Shark attacks; New Jersey; Juvenile fiction.
Shark attacks; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Historical
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure | Survival Stories
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2010014672
Lexile Measure: 610
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Series: I Survived
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.50" W x 0.50" (0.20 lbs) 87 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 139514
Reading Level: 3.9   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 1.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q50758
Reading Level: 3.4   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 5.0
 
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Contributor Bio(s): IV>Lauren Tarshis is the editor of Scholastic’s Storyworks magazine and group editorial director for language arts for Scholastic classroom magazines, in addition to being the author of the I Survived series and the critically acclaimed novels Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree and Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love. She lives in Westport, Connecticut, and can be found online at www.laurentarshis.com.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 December)

Gr 3–7—An absorbing story based on the shark attacks in New Jersey in 1916. Chet Roscoe, 10, moves in with his uncle while his father looks for work in California. He works in his uncle's diner and meets some local boys with whom he becomes friends. A story hits the papers about a shark attack about 10 miles away and their little town dismisses it as a fake, but a local fisherman begs to differ. The boys play a series of pranks on one another, but when Chet comes face to face with the shark in the river, the friends refuse to believe him, until they see it themselves. Black-and-white illustrations that resemble old photographs enhance the events of the story. Tarshis incorporates information about the real attacks and fictionalizes it, then follows the story with facts about the attacks and sharks. This is a gripping story that will hold the interest of reluctant readers.—Delia Carruthers, Roxbury Public Library, Succasunna, NJ

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