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Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  1,601 ratings  ·  368 reviews
At 9 years old, Eugenie Clark developed an unexpected passion for sharks after a visit to the Battery Park Aquarium in New York City. At the time, sharks were seen as mindless killing machines, but Eugenie knew better and set out to prove it. Despite many obstacles in her path, Eugenie was able to study the creatures she loved so much. From her many discoveries to the shar ...more
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Published June 1st 2017 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
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Sarah I think this is a great starter book for someone who is interested in learning about Eugenia Clark. The thing that I love about picture book biographi…moreI think this is a great starter book for someone who is interested in learning about Eugenia Clark. The thing that I love about picture book biographies is that they open the door to further discovery for all ages. This book could be read to a younger child by a parent, but is also great as a read-aloud during library time.

Another PB bio is called Swimming With Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark by Heather Lang. Both are great books with similar life perspectives.(less)

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I’ve become a fan of these education/picture books for children. They are often cute, usually have a simple but important message, and are a fun way for kids to learn a couple of things. And occasionally I learn something as well.

This book here is a short biography of Eugenie Clark, who was born in 1922 and at the age of nine fell in love with sharks. She wanted to study zoology, but people (including some of her professors) kept telling her that as a woman she was neither smart enough to be a s
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Shark Lady by Jess Keating is a children's book about Eugenie Clark and how she became an ocean scientist.

We recently read another similar book about Eugenie Clark, but this one is even better. The story starts in her childhood and explains her love for sharks.

What makes this story so great is that everyone told her that her dreams weren't realistic and that she should do something else with her life
Schizanthus Nerd
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shark Lady is the inspiring true story of Eugenie Clark, who I had never heard of but definitely need to learn more about. In this beautifully illustrated children’s book the reader is taken on a journey from when Eugenie first discovers her love of sharks at the aquarium through to her lifelong study of these magnificent animals, academically and in the field.

Defying the cultural expectations of her gender that said girls were not “smart enough to be scientists or brave enough to explore the o
Renégade ♥
5 stars

The first sharks appeared over 400 million years ago. They have survived five major extinctions, including the one that destroyed the dinosaurs!

From the Author's Note:

I wanted to tell Eugenie Clark's story for several reasons.

As a scientist, Eugenie lived an incredible life, full of hard work, passion, and undying curiosity. Through her legacy, she stood up for sharks and in the process, stood up for herself. People assumed that sharks were evil and dumb. They also assumed that little
Why have I never heard of this fascinating woman before? Eugenie Clark, born in 1922, was enamoured by sharks from an early age, and read everything she could find about these beautiful creatures. That's before completing masters and doctorate degrees in zoology. And going on multiple dives, discovering creatures, publishing numerous articles, and proving sharks are not mindless killers, and they can, in fact, be trained.
Thank you Jess Keating* for writing this terrific biography (aimed at kids)
debbicat *made of stardust*
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Very well done. This book is recommended for grades K to grade 3. It's a beautifully illustrated book about Eugenie Clark, who was nicknamed "the Shark Lady". I loved what the author had to say at the end of the book in the author's note and will add that here, because I feel it important and reflects my own beliefs.

"I wanted to tell Eugenie Clark's story for several reasons. As a scientist, Eugenie lived an incredible life full of hard work, passion, and undying curiosity. Through her legacy,
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Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually review picture books, but I knew Shark Lady was the perfect book for my family. My oldest son is 7 and mostly reads nonfiction with a heavy emphasis on sharks. His goal is to write a book about sharks and asked for a typewriter last Christmas so that he could start writing his book.

This book is everything we were looking for. Eugenie Clark lived such an inspirational life. What she achieved as a female scientist is incredible considering the mindset regarding women in the workpla
Renée Paule
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Found this on Youtube after it had been recommended. What a wonderful woman Eugenie Clark was.
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
August 24, 2017: A brief biography of an accomplished marine biologist Eugenie Clark that I'm sure children would find fascinating thanks to interesting subject matter and gorgeous artwork. I wish the author focused on one chosen moment in Eugenie's life to relay her message of merits of scientific curiosity and shark conservation, rather then just briefly skimming through, but it works for the very young readers. I learned a bit too! I had no idea about resting sharks and will need to research ...more
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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My only complaint about this picture book is that there wasn't space for MORE information about Clark and her adventures and research. ...more
Sci-Fi & Scary
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jess Keating effortlessly tells the story of Eugenie Clark, the Shark Lady, in this illustrated biography meant for beginning readers. She keeps the story as simple and easy to understand as is possible. It is obvious that Eugenie was a very determined child that grew up to become an equally determined woman. I

Marta Alvarez Miguens did a fantastic job illustrating Shark Lady. There are lots of small details, such as a determined squint of Eugenie’s eyes, which really add to the story being told.
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Any showcase of the awesome and pioneering Eugenie Clark is fantastic to me — I’ve been a huge fan since seeing a movie about her at my local science museum when I was a kiddo. Excessive nerdery: if Goodreads did half stars, I’d knock a half off for the fact that the majority of the illustrated sharks have 4 gill slits... most shark illustrations default to 3 (incorrect but arguably excusable) even though sharks actually have 5 (or 7), but this illustrator opted for 4, which is both unusual and ...more
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Author Jess Keating has done it again! Keating's Shark Lady is the magnificent story of zoologist Dr. Eugenie Clark, who studied sharks and taught us more about them AND women scientists than had been discovered before. Keating has included facts about sharks, as well as a timeline about a fascinating scientist. Shark Lady is a winner! ...more
Mississippi Library Commission
No wonder Shark Lady was a pick for the 2018 Amelia Bloomer Top Ten List! The illustrations are engaging and draw the reader into Eugenie Clark's story as much as the text does. Shark Lady is a great primer for research and activism. Prepare to have your young reader championing a new cause, whether it's sharks or something else entirely. The back matter is equally good. ...more
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book should be a model for other picture book biographies because this is what I want every single time: cute, imaginative illustrations (loved the fish and whatnot following Eugenie around everywhere), small tidbits from the person's life (I don't need to know everything; this is a picture book), and thorough back matter, including my very favorite--a timeline. In addition to all of this, Shark Lady makes me want to learn more about sharks (which I do not like.) This book is perfect for bu ...more
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This picture book is amazing. The illustrations are beautiful, and Eugenie Clark is now my hero, right up there with astronomer Maria Mitchell. A lot of the sentiments expressed about sharks in this book are right in line with my own. Thank you Jess Keating and Marta Alvarez Miguens for such an inspiring book that I can love and share with my kids.
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Must read if you:

This is a must read if you:

Love sharks
Are interested in marine biology
Enjoy picture book biographies
Enjoy picture books
Want to promote pioneering females
Want to integrate STEM / STEAM into your classroom
Want to encourage a curious child.
This nonfiction picture book biography of Eugenie Clark is nothing short of spectacular.
Sarah Krajewski
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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A new nonfiction favorite at our house! My son, who wants to be a marine biologist, was so inspired by Eugenie Clark.
The myth that sharks 🦈 can’t stop swimming or they’ll die was dispelled by Shark Lady. Very interesting story.
Baby Bookworm
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily!

Hello, friends! Our book today is Shark Lady: The True Story Of How Eugenie Clark Became The Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist, written by Jess Keating and illustrated by Marta Álvarez Miguéns, a biography of the pioneering ichthyologist and her dedication to changing the world’s mind about sharks.

When she was a child, there was no place Eugenie would rather be than the aquarium. She spent hours
This book ticks all my boxes for nonfiction except one - no photo of the subject. I believe with all my heart that having that photo in the back seals the deal for kid readers, who have trouble distinguishing between fiction and nonfiction in the first place sometimes.

And besides, there are some VERY excellent photos of Dr. Clark.
Wayne McCoy
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist' by Jess Keating with illustrations by Marta Álvarez Miguéns is a non-fiction picture book about a pretty amazing woman.

When Eugenie Clark was 9, she developed a unique interest in sharks after a visit to an aquarium. She was told they were mindless killing machines, but Eugenie challenged that. She was also told that women weren't good scientists, and she challenged that as well.

It's told and illustrated
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful picture book biography that would make a lovely read aloud.

While Eugenie Clark faced obstacles from racism and sexism in her field, the book focuses more on how she overcame people’s doubt in her subject: sharks. It doesn’t gloss over the problems that exist for a female scientist, but it doesn’t dwell on it. I think the way the book is written certainly brings up the topic so that the reader is aware and may inspire discussion. Mostly it focuses on her love for sharks and her dream
Kellee Moye
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I had not heard of Eugenia Clark until I read Heather Lang’s Swimming with Sharks and now with Shark Lady we have a second amazing biography about her! I am so glad that she is getting the attention that her amazing story and career deserves! I love that her story shows that inquiry from a young age can lead to a successful and fulfilling career. It also teaches us that nature is something we need to keep questioning and learning from because
Kelly Moore
This is a fascinating, brief book about a scientist I had never heard of before. I like any new shark book, and this one didn't let me down -there are some really cool and unusual shark facts in this one! ...more
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I could give this book 100 stars I would. This book is a gem with something amazing on each and every page starting on the end pages all the way through to the author’s note and the informational paratextual evidence in the back. This is a book every classroom should have.
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing person you were, Shark Lady. :)
Rhonda Puente-Trevino
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jess Keating does an amazing job making the past seem real sharing Eugenie's fascinating true story of an ocean's most inspiring and fearless real-life shark lady! This science literature includes shark bite facts, timeline and author's note at the end of the story to explore together with young readers. Dive in to learn more interesting shark facts!

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist was named a Best Children's book of 2017 by Parents magaz
Kelly Santamaria
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shark Lady is a biography about a woman named Eugenie Clark. This story follows the timeline of her life and her research. The story of her life shows how during a time when women were expected to mostly stay in the home, Eugenie pushed through and discovered new species and previously unknown facts about current species.

According to Children’s Literature, Briefly, Shark Lady, is considered a picture book biography. This particular book is filled with illustrations and based on the short amount
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Jess Keating is an award-winning author, cartoonist, and zoologist, whose work has been featured in the New York Times, CBC, Buzzfeed, Parents Magazine, and more.

She is the creator of over a dozen fiction and nonfiction books, including Eat Your Rocks, Croc!, Shark Lady, Pink is for Blobfish, the Elements of Genius middle grade

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