Shark Girl
Shark Girl
Shark Girl
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. (Age 12 and up)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.

Book Details


  • Chick Lit
  • Fiction
  • Poetry

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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The setting of this book is in Hawaii, and the main character is Jane. She got her arm bitten off by a shark while she was swimming in about 4 feet of water at the beach. After the attack Jane was in a coma for about 10 days and is lucky to be alive. Jane is very embarrassed of her arm stub after the attack and is having a hard time with life. This is a story of the ups and downs of having something drastic happen in a person's life. Is Jane able to come to terms with this new reality?


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