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How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel

(My Life Is a Zoo #2)

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Ana Wright's summer just got terrifying. She's finally getting used to living in a zoo (no, seriously—she lives with her family in an actual zoo), when she's assigned to work in the new shark tank. With her worst enemy. Forget about sharks! Ashley is the ultimate predator. And after Ana's favorite croc peed on Ashley's shoes, she's probably out for revenge.

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Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Sourcebooks Young Readers
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Pamela
T-Totally AWESOME! Tween fiction just doesn't get any more DELIGHTFUL than this.

"To the brave kids, the weird kids, and the cool kids. Especially the ones who don't realize they can be all three."

How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel is every bit as hilarious and endearing as Keating's series debut: How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied. Both books transported me into the tween sanctum of Ana Wright and her pubescent conundrums, confusion, and hilarious misadventures. I laug
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Aeicha
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Last year, Jess Keating’s How To Outrun A Crocodile With Your Shoes Untied charmed me completely with its wacky setting, lovable heroine, and sparkling storytelling. Well Keating returns to Ana Wright’s animal filled world in the wildly funny and sweetly adorkable sequel, How To Outswim A Shark Without A Snorkel!

Just when soon-to-be eighth grader, Ana Wright, thought life was getting back to normal (as normal as it can get for the granddaughter of a world famous man and who is forced by her pare
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Beth
A super huge thanks to Net Galley and Sourcebooks for allowing me to read this book! YOU GUYS ROCK!!!

Jess Keating does it again! I cannot say enough about how much I enjoy her books. First of all, it is very refreshing to read a book for girls that is clean and a little more innocent. I don't have to think about what grade I can booktalk this book in because there aren't any dirty bits. Sooooo nice!!! It is super funny and cute. Did I mention how funny it is??? The leg shaving part cracked me up
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Michele Knott
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved meeting Ana in Jess Keating's first book. Ana is back, and with her are more middle grade problems. Ana has one of the best middle grade female voices I've come across in awhile. She's witty, smart and kind.
This second story had me rooting for Ana even more- she got a little closer in my heart!
Lesley Burnap
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wish that Ana had been around when I went through that awkward stage in my tweens...it brought back some amusing and weird memories. It's hard to figure out your place on this planet, but Ana's going to be okay.
Jenny
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
ARC from Netgalley

I loved how this book weaved fact and humor at the beginning of each chapter. It was spot on with the voice of the quirky, intelligent, self-conscience middle-school protagonist, Ana. Can't wait to put this one in the hands of some of my kids!
Sara
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
Loved this one! I think the lessons were great, and very relatable, especially in the shark-infested middle school social pool. I have a 7th grader and she loved the book as well!
Stacey
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
Really enjoyed this one! Great follow-up to the first one!
Lynn
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ana continues absolutely hilarious and relatable. Poor, poor, Ana. She has to work in a shark tank with her arch-nemesis, Ashley. Her best friend Liv moved away, and has seemingly replaced her. Liv will be starting high school this year, which is one year ahead of Ana, because of the education at her new school. She reminds Ana about the blood pact they made-both must have their first kiss before high school. Ana wouldn't have had to think about that for another year. But now she has to have her ...more
Evelyn
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love this series can't wait to read the next book
Samuel,Waugh
May 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
It was a fine book. It was easy to understand and read, but I didn't really care for the story of it.
Skyler
Dec 03, 2017 rated it liked it
There is nothing in here on How To Outswim A Shark Without A Snorkel!
Terry Johnson
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was super fun! Perfect read!
Rachel Patrick
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review (and others) can be seen in all its proper formatting glory on my blog Beauty and the Bookshelf.

Last year, I read and adored the adorkableness that was Keating's first novel. How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied was such fun, and it also happened to be one of my top ten books of 2014. So of course I was super eager to read the second book, impatiently waiting for a cover and synopsis and my chance to get my hands on it. And while Croc is still my favorite, How to Outs
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Becky B
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Summer is just not turning out at all like Ana had pictured. First off, Liv decides that they need to finish their kiss pact this summer because the powers that be in New Zealand are putting her in high school instead of 8th grade when school starts. Ana thought she had a whole year to get the kissing thing figured out but Liv is insisting she needs to find a guy to kiss her in just weeks. Ana thinks Kevin likes her, but does he like her enough to kiss her? And then there's the volunteer work at ...more
Diane
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In the tradition of Judy Blume’s Are you There God, It’s me Margaret, comes another great story about a girl on the brink of womanhood. "Since when did being almost thirteen come with so many tough decisions?"

Ana Wright is back and she is no longer working with reptiles. When Grandpa announces they are building “The Marine Adventure Zone”, a place where kids will be able to interact with marine species such as rays and sharks, he wants Ana and Daz to “helm the ship.” And to make matters worse, w
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Lindsay
Ana Wright's summer just got terrifying. She's finally getting used to living in a zoo (no, seriously—she lives with her family in an actual zoo), when she's assigned to work in the new shark tank. With her worst enemy. Forget about sharks! Ashley is the ultimate predator. And after Ana's favorite croc peed on Ashley's shoes, she's probably out for revenge. This can't be good.

How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel is entertaining and exciting, another adventure into the life of a girl living i
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Ms. Yingling
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
In this sequel to How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied, Ana has a few things to worry about. It's summer, and she's going to be giving presentations for her grandfather about the new shark exhibit at the zoo. That's nerve wracking enough, but she has to work with a new volunteer... the evil Sneerer Ashley. Add to this the pressue that her friend in New Zealand is putting on her to kiss a boy by the end of the summer, and that's all it takes for Ana to stress herself. She does hav ...more
Mary
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
MY THOUGHTS

Ana Wright lives in a zoo with her family and her life pretty much revovles around creatures, great and small. She was put on the spot and did a presentation on reptiles that went viral during the school year and now that is summer, she wants nothing more to do than hang out with the animals and relax. Her BFF, Liv, has moved to New Zealand and other than chatting online with her, she feels friendless. Entering the eighth grade next year was something she planned on doing to together
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Suzanne
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-kid-lit, netgalley
I really enjoyed this book. Fans of Ana's first adventure will be glad to see her in action again. They may not be so pleased to hear that her arch-enemy, Ashley, will be spending the summer as a volunteer at the zoo and Ana gets stuck working with her. It almost seems unfair. Ana had finally faced down her fears about public speaking and garnered some fame for her presentation about reptiles, even having the good luck of a baby alligator urinating on Ashley in front of the audience. And then, j ...more
Jayce Senter
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted here at inthesenterofit.blogspot.com

Genre: Realistic

AR level: none yet

Grade appropriate: 5th grade girls & up
(Prepubescent boys do not need to be reading about girls comparing
their boobs to another girls.)

RATING BREAKDOWN:
Overall: 5/5-- I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

Creativity: 5/5-- how fun to write about a girl who lives at a zoo?
Reminded me of Stuart Gibbs's Belly Up & Poached.

Characters: 5/5-- loved kevin! Ana was real and might have even been
me in middle school, m
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Margie
Surviving seventh grade with your dignity and inconspicuousness intact is no easy feat. Sometimes you get to keep one but not the other. If you have new friendships in place, it's all for the good. With the months of June, July and August acting as a buffer to the upcoming final year of middle school, you should be able replenish your mindset ready to tackle all the new firsts which come your way.

When the anticipated sequel to a well-received middle grade novel is released you know you're in fo
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Eli
I didn't even know this book was a sequel until a few days ago when I checked the Goodreads tab for this book, which goes to show it can definitely stand on it's own. The characters stand out individually, and I was able to grasp them all even though I haven't read the first book in this series (which I will definitely be reading now.)

HOW TO OUTSWIM A SHARK WITHOUT A SNORKEL is whimsical, realistic, relatable and fun without overly so. I really enjoyed the plotline, Ana's voice and the uniquenes
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Caroline
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
I want to be able to give ratings in half-star increments on GoodReads, because I'd give this 4.5 stars.

This book was a really good follow-up to the first in the series (How to Outrun A Crocodile When Your Shoes are Untied). I loved getting to follow Ana's story farther, and almost totally in the setting of the zoo during summer break.

I found myself *dis*liking Ana's character through much of the story, but, honestly, this made the ending of the book even better. I feel like Ana's character expe
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Jocelyn
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
School just let out for the summer and Ana has been assigned to work in the new shark tank. The problem isn't the sharks though. Her worst enemy, Ashley is also working there. On the best of days, Ana and Ashley don't get along, but during a zoo presentation, Ana's crocodile did her business on Ashley. Ana's sure that Ashley's up to something, but for some reason, Ashley is not only being civil, but she's actually being nice!

I picked up this book because I read the first one, How to Outrun a Cr
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Annette
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
MY LIFE IS A ZOO series is a charming new series by Jess Keating. From the fear of public speaking to concerns about forming friendships, the authentic storylines bring humor to the real-world issues of growing up.

The second book in the series titled HOW TO OUTSWIM A SHARK WITHOUT A SNORKEL (available January 6, 2015) explores issues of friendship during a summer working at the family’s zoo.

Each chapter begins with animal wisdom and notes that draw readers into the story. Ana’s love of list-maki
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Shilpa
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
How To Outswim A Shark Without A Snorkel reminded me of why the younger me fostered a love of books and reading. I remember the days that I would prefer to cuddle with an intelligent book, rather than play “house” outside with my much younger cousins (oh, don’t worry, I still spent time reading outdoors in the heavenly tropical climate; and don’t get me wrong, books didn’t make me a complete bookworm, I still was able to foster up a sense of adventure and curiosity…which perhaps may have somethi ...more
Kate Schwarz
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Really cute book--a quick, fun read about a tween who lives at the zoo with her twin brother and the rest of her family. The animal facts that are thrown in are fun and fascinating, and Ana is a likeable, fallible hero in all the right ways.

I'd put it at the end of middle grade (or in the middle of middle grade??) as it's definitely got tween issues: worries about kissing, shaving legs, "problem areas" when swimsuit shopping, and having big crushes that make you go weak in the knees. This reade
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Jana
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's a fun sequel to How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes are Untied. In the midst of a cold, nasty winter I love to read books about kids on summer break. This book picks up right where the first left off. Ana's excitement about a new shark exhibit opening at the zoo is soon ruined, when she learns she's going to have to work with her frenemy, Ashley. Lots of funny, middle grade moments. It's hard not to smile when you're reading this book. It's got a good message about kindness and being ...more
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As a zoologist, author, and illustrator, Jess Keating has been sprayed by skunks, bitten by crocodiles, and victim to the dreaded papercut. Her books blend science, humor, creativity, and adventure, and include the acclaimed My Life is a Zoo middle grade trilogy, the picture book biography, Shark Lady, and the award-winning World
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My Life Is a Zoo (3 books)
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