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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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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 2010
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Annotation: Recounts the dramatic experience of a New Jersey youth who visited the Atlantic coast during a summer in the early 20th-century when a predatory great white shark was targeting beachgoers, a trip during which he witnessed an attack on his friend. Simultaneous.

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BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Historical
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure | Survival Stories
Dewey: FIC
Lexile Measure: 610
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Series: I Survived
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.25" H x 5.00" W x 0.25" (0.18 lbs) 87 pages
 
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Contributor Bio(s):
Lauren Tarshis's New York Times bestselling I Survived series tells stories of young people and their resilience and strength in the midst of unimaginable disasters. Lauren has brought her signature warmth and exhaustive research to topics such as the September 11 attacks, the destruction of Pompeii, Hurricane Katrina, and the bombing of Pearl Harbor, among others. She lives in Connecticut with her family, and can be found online at 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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