Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham

A cute, middle income, white, blond girl goes swimming in the ocean and gets attacked by a shark. She ends up getting her arm amputated. This book opens with that and then, by showing the thoughts in her head, relates her thoughts and emotions as she deals with this tragedy. It is an interesting look at how entitled girls deal with trauma--first bitter, but only on the inside where they play the role they are supposed to for a while but eventually everyone can see they are depressed and bitter and then, magically, she begins to pull out of it and move on from it, realizing the world still holds that all elusive possibility. It was a tear jerker, but in a good way. Really enjoyed the voice.
Grade 5-8 Caudill nominee 2011?