The story begins with a young girl named Opal moving with her Preacher father to a town in Florida. Opal is lonely and missing her mother who left her...moreThe story begins with a young girl named Opal moving with her Preacher father to a town in Florida. Opal is lonely and missing her mother who left her and her father when she was a child. She soon finds a dog at the local Winn-Dixie and takes him home against her father's approval. This dog is the start of her adventure as she befriends some unlikely people around town.
I found this book to be a wonderful representation of realistic fiction. It is fun to read and is a great read aloud. I recommend this book for grades 3-5 as a novel study. (less)
This is not a genre that I am typically drawn to, but I thought this story sounded very interesting. This story is about a 15 year old girl named Jane...moreThis is not a genre that I am typically drawn to, but I thought this story sounded very interesting. This story is about a 15 year old girl named Jane Arrowood. She is on the beach one day with her brother and her mother and she decides to take a swim. Little did she know that this decision would change her life forever.
Shortly after entering the water she is attacked by a shark. She ends up in the hospital and has to have her arm amputated. This story is told in free verse and authentically captures the physical and emotional pain that Jane is going through. As if it isn't bad enough that she lost her arm in this terrible accident, she has become a reluctant celebrity after her story is shown on the news. She receives a lot of mail from others that have been through the same thing and others that just want her to know they are thinking of her. Jane goes through several stages of grief as she trys to regain her artistic ability and her life as she knew it.
You can't help but feel for Jane as she returns to school knowing that others are referring to her as "shark girl." She struggles to figure out why she had to be the one who this tragedy happened to and how she is going to go on with her life afterwards. (less)