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Shark Beneath the Reef

3.07  ·  Rating Details ·  90 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Like his father and grandfather before him, 14-year-old Tomás Torres dreams of catching a great shark in the Sea of Cortez -- and he will catch it, although there are other things he should be thinking about. With an education, her could someday become a marine biologist. Tomás's family want him to stay in school. But Tomás knows he will be more help to them if he leaves s ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 15th 1991 by HarperCollins (first published 1989)
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Etta Ray
Feb 03, 2016 Etta Ray rated it liked it
There are criticisms and praises for this book to be made. I have read other reviews on Goodreads and I agree that the author did not stick to factual details in his book. For something classified as a “scientific” book for youth this is sorely disappointing. However, with the vivid descriptions I feel it does a fine job in sparking young readers’ interest in science, specifically marine biology. I found it was better suited for the social sciences. It does a great job at exemplifying the daily ...more
Aug 19, 2016 Judy rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-fic-nature
A low key story about life forms in the Sea of Cortez, the culture of a small fishing village in Mexico, and a 14 yo boy named Tomas Torres. (Yes, this is a coming-of-age story.) Fishing is the way of life he knows and loves, but times are changing and his teacher wants him to stay in school and eventually go to college. There's quite a bit of description, which may not appeal to young readers unless they have an interest in Mexico and/or marine life.

Sharks must keep swimming to stay alive. ...
Mar 09, 2011 Dallin rated it did not like it
The main character in the book is a 14-year old boy who has hallucinations of him killing and carrying a whale shark over his head. Truth be told, not even a grown man could do that. I've seen one and whale sharks look like you can't carry them except if you have a huge crane.
Furthermore, the author does not take an educational approach to the story. The author mentions that the ancestors of sharks evolved 150 million years ago. Let's be honest. Sharks evolved 400 million years ago. There is al
Jun 15, 2016 Lea rated it it was ok
This book has beautiful descriptions of the Sea of Cortez and life in a Mexican fishing village. Unfortunately, the plot moves so slowly that reading this aloud to a group of Jr. High kids was excruciating. If you want a fast-paced adventure, look somewhere else.
Dylan Patel
Tomas is a 14 year old boy that like his grandfather and father wishes to catch a great white shark. Because of his dreams, all Tomas wants to do is skip school but his parents don't let him. The authors do a great job describing Tomas adventures
Nicholas Damico
Oct 03, 2014 Nicholas Damico rated it did not like it
it is not a good book. do not read it.
Jun 03, 2010 Lia rated it did not like it
Shelves: nature-theme
Gleh. I had a hard time with this book for two reasons. First, it's rather preachy. Second, there are lots of descriptions about being watched by sharks. And I've got a phobia of sharks. I didn't make it through this book very well. I skimmed a lot. Like anytime there was water around.

But if you like scary sharks, you might like this book.
Micky Parise
Apr 16, 2013 Micky Parise rated it liked it
Nice storyline, characters and flow. Enjoyed the little education on the tradition and sea life and birds. Did not enjoy the ending.
Nov 19, 2009 Brooke rated it really liked it
I am rereading a lot of my favorites from childhood.
Jul 30, 2016 Joy rated it did not like it
Long descriptions, almost no progress in the plot.
Jul 19, 2008 Katie rated it it was ok
i read it at school and it was boring
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