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Shark Girl

author: Kelly Bingham

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 sheís counting down the days until she returns to school with her fake arm, where she knows kids will whisper, "Thatís her -- thatís 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 itís like to lose part of yourself - and to summon the courage it takes to find yourself again.

A teenager struggles through physical loss to the start of acceptance in an absorbing, artful novel at once honest and insightful, wrenching and redemptive. (Age 12 and up)
suggested retail price (U.S./CAN):
$8.99 / $10.00
isbn-10/isbn-13:
0763654477 /  9780763654474
on sale date:
04/2011
type/format:
Young Adult Novel / EBook
age range:
12 yrs and up
# of pages/size:
288 / N/A
grade range:
Grade 7 and up
 
subjects:
Social Issues; Novels In Verse; Dating & Sex;
author’s comments:
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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