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Shark Wars (Shark Wars #1)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  301 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Since the dawn of time, prehistoric shark clans called Shivers have ruled over the earth's oceans, fierce protectors of all who swim. For eons, the Big Blue has prospered under Shiver Law, and the delicate balance of sea life kept sacred. Until now.

Rising sea temperatures and overfishing have caused food to become scarce, and the battle for new hunting grounds has brought
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Razorbill (first published 2011)
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A message from my son:
Dear EJ,
I think you should make alot of these books. My favorite characters were Gray and Snork. I think people who gave it only a few stars are crazy. They don't know what kids like. It was an amazing book. I love the fights, and the ending.
Gray, a reef shark, having been banned from his shiver (clan) for disobeying the orders of his mother and his leader, finds a refuge of sorts in Goblin shiver. Little does he know, at first, that treachery and evil are lurking in this wayward shiver until it is almost too late. Only after realizing the mistakes that he has made will result in hopelessness, chaos, and death, does he reunite with his old friends of Coral Shiver and banish those he hopes to reunite with his mother. ...more
So...applause for the eco-friendly message and conservation biology stuff, but the writing is average and I kind of despise the protagonist who, in the part that I read, is whiny, insecure, and childish. Granted this is a book for children, but shouldn't we be giving them better examples than a boy-shark whose personality reminds me of playground bullies and who broke a law for the sake of a snack? Possibly the author wants to make the protagonist easy to relate to, in which case I hope that the ...more
A popular, athletic, impulsive young teen from a small town fights against the rules and constraints his elders place upon him. He's ready to adventure and see the larger world he hears so much about--and that he doesn't hear much about, since he feels too sheltered and much is kept secret from the young in an effort to protect them. He's always getting in trouble for pushing the boundaries and not paying attention in school.

Then, one day, his selfish rebelliousness goes too far, endangering oth
Bianca Singh
Shark Wars is about this pup named Gray and his friend Barkley. Gray is a pup but his VERY big for his own age. Mind of a kid, body of a full grown shark. You see, Gray can't stop growing, and when his hunger gets him into trouble, he's banished from the reef. His best friend Barkley comes with him... but their hunt for food forces them to journey deep into the Big Blue. Then Gray and Barkley accidentally swim into Goblin Shiver territory. They have no choice but to join the shiver. They'll help ...more
Daniel B
this book was amazing there was action,drama and a surprise ending (p.s took surprise ending from wowc final story) this book should be a movie, t.v series and toy.
Who knew that the world below the ocean was so organized? There are "shivers of sharks" which roam the ocean as a group. They have their own territories, which they jealousy guard. Within each shiver, there is a hierarchy of leadership. Each position can be voted upon or a shark can challenge for position in the line. Some shivers, such as Goblin Shiver, are more aggressive and want to destroy other shivers and gain territory and recruits.

Living in this world is our hero, Gray. He's a young ree
John Paul
Shark Wars: By E.J. Altbacker. Imagine being in the middle on the ocean, in the Caribbean, preferably, in a giant reef that contained fish of all different species. Sharks, Lobsters, Sea Horses, even perhaps dogfish. All were friendly to one another and there's no predator-prey type thing. A giant shark, named Gray, and his best friend, the dogfish whose name is Barkley, get banished from the reef and his shiver because of Gray's bad eating habits (A shiver basically a pride for sharks, and a pr ...more
I thought this book was a lot of fun and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I read it with a 7th grade student that I am tutoring, and she (it's not just a boy book!) loved it as well. I like the underwater world that E.J. Altbacker created, complete with its own mythology/history and systems of organization, and I laughed at a lot of the shark/ocean slang he used. The story is engaging and there are good points for discussion as well, from friendship and loyalty to making good decisions to what it ...more
very cute kids book. Perfect for 3/4th grade. Great lessons about friendship and doing the right thing.
N.R. Tomasheski
This series is targeted at the 9-12 age group, and I've taken that into account for this review, as I am considerably older.
The tale is dramatic enough, with high stakes and peril, and the characters are likeable, detestable, or ambiguous, as needed to serve the plot. There are the fun touches often found in such stories of familiar expressions altered to match the world - such as 'big-cartileged' instead of 'big-boned' to describe the lead character's size.
The end conflict does a great job of r
Feb 16, 2012 Joshua added it
great idea, execution corny.
Stephen Shunk
This book is awesome! It is about sharks fighting other sharks and they have gangs called shivers. The main character is a megalodon shark called Gray.
There are 2 gangs called Goblin Shiver and Razor shiver. They are both fighting each other. Gray gets kicked out of his old shiver because he kept going out of his home waters so he got banned. He finds 4 friends and with his old friend Barkley who is a dogfish. It's really exciting because it's like the streets of New York City with street gangs
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
This is a great action packed, under water adventure that centers around sharks. If you have ever wondered what really goes on a in sharks world, than Shark Wars will have your answer.

Gray is a typical reef shark, or so he thought. He and his friends live with the Coral Shiver, a clan of sharks, but when Gray is banned for not following rules, he finds himself in the middle of a large ocean that's full of excitement and danger. Things change for Gray when he's is taken in by the Goblin Shiver,
I got this book for my sister because she loves sharks. Since I do as well, I decided to give it a read, well knowing that it was way below my reading level (hers as well, but not AS low). Anyways.

Shark Wars is about a reef shark named Gray who is banned from his shiver (also called a clan) for disobeying not only his mother, but also his shiver. His best friend, a dogfish named Barkley, goes with him. He finds a group of other sharks and befriends them. They become a shiver for a short period u
Well this book had a lof of adventure and fighting but through all it was good enough. Gray a young megladon and his friend barkley a dog fish get into trouble when their hunger gets to the best of them while they are searching for food they met a group of friends up ahead. Their names were Striker, Mari, Shell, and Snork. Once they met they have entered Goblin shiver. Gray is struggling to find his mother. But he teams up with Goblin shiver and his friends try to get him out. Meanwhile Striker ...more
Aug 17, 2011 Sarah rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: grades 4-6
Shelves: animal-fiction, audio
In ancient times, Gray is a young shark who is part of Coral Shiver (a clan). Because Gray is such a huge shark for his age, he often sneaks off to find more food when he's not supposed to, putting his shiver in danger--and this eventually leads him to be exiled. Luckily, his best friend Barkley (who's a dogfish) sticks with him, and together they try to find a new shiver to join.

The two of them soon find a small group of sharks and they decide to form their own new shiver--calling themselves Ro
Corbin Siner

This book is good but it has some downsides to it
the book is good if you like talking animals and fiction this book is about how a shark named Gray with hi friend named Barkley. The downside to this book is that there are so many characters to remember overall the book is good.
I was pleasantly surprised when I read this. I won it through Firstreads and I was expecting a warriors cat experience, except with sharks, but it was better than that. I actually found myself wanting to know what might happen next and I liked the development of the shivers of sharks. Because it was a middle grade book, it is an easy read, and a bit cheesy at that, but still enjoyable. It was an ARC, so there were some mistakes obviously. At first I thought he was trying to make up a shark langu ...more
I have a published copy of Shark Wars and the printing errors I see mentioned in other reviews are almost completely fixed. I think I saw two in the entire book.

This would be only a three star book if I was rating it solely on my experience but I gave this book to my nephew(age 10)and he really enjoyed it. I think any middle grader who enjoys animals or stories about the ocean would appreciate this book. There are some predicable and cheesy moments but I'm much more aware of them than a child w
Matthew Quinones
Shark Wars was a good read that I could relate to. The main character Gray is a shark who is a young shark who has a big appetite. Everyone in his village thinks of him as a trouble maker because his appetite sometimes gets the better of him and he hunts outside of the village, which is forbidden. One day he he hunts outside of the village and Atlas, the leader of the village puts him on trial and banishes Gray from the village. I can sometimes relate to Gray because sometime I do things that I ...more
Anastasia Tuckness
“Realistic fiction” from shark’s point of view about growing up, friendship, bullies, controlling impulses. I found it quite tedious (in fact Alex finished it for me).
Not really my thing, but I know a lot of kids will like it. It's the start of a series, based around sharks who battle it out in the ocean. It was one of my student's all time favorite series, and I love the fact that he gave me a copy of the first book so I could read it.
Mari Anne
Aidan and I read this one together.... one chapter at a time! It's somewhat of an advanced book for a six year old (probably more appropriate for GR 3 - 6) but it was all about sharks so he loved it. This book (part of a new series) is all about shark "shivers", groups of sharks that roam the ocean and fight each other for territory and power. This is the perfect book, especially for boys, and anyone who likes to read about animals, at least those of the anthropomorphic kind! I think the biggest ...more
Abel A
Gray is the biggest shark in his "clan" and he follows a crab for lunch, but that was a bad idea. He follows it so far that he goes to an area where his mom does not want him to go. That is also Goblil's territory. Gray's mom see's him and takes him to a place like a court house. Now he is banished from the Coral Shiver. Not only that but Goblin wants to eat Gray. WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT???

I think this book teaches kids to always listen to their parents or you could end up in a lot of trouble.

Mar 30, 2013 Brynn rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: NO ONE
SHARK WARS is stupid, and nothing special. The main character is average, weak, and for lack of better word-lame. And the guy's writting about a SHARK! He lives in the ocean. In my experience, it's less confusing to read a book about humans (or land animals) because of all the made-up terms like "Greenie".
Also,the book was not very compelling and the only decent character-Takiza-made the story even cheesier. SPOILER ALERT!!!!I mean really? A magic fish? I love fantasy, but this guy needs to get
great read aloud book! my boys, ages 7 and 12 loved it.
really entertaining and educational.
Charles Lor
This book is very interesting because it is written in a first person view, and it is a story about sharks. The main character is named Grey and he is very mischievous. In this story he gets lost and joins a clan of fighting sharks. My favorite character is Grey because i like how foolish and does unexpected things.
Mar 31, 2013 Robert added it
Book Review: I nelieve that this was a great book. As a whole iI learmed a lot more about the creatures of the sea and what many of them have to do to survive. In the beginning Gray and Barkley had to depart from their family's do to a shark attack that was unknown by their region. Groups of sharks are called squadrons. I really enjoyed this book and I am now on kingdom of the deep.

Plot Summary: The turning point in this story is when Gray and his friend Barkley meet up with 4 or 5 othe
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