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Bethany Hamilton (She Dared)

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Meet Bethany. Get inspired.

Growing up in Hawaii, Bethany Hamilton loved to surf. But one day, she was in her favorite place, out on the waves, when a tiger shark suddenly attacked. Thirteen-year-old Bethany lost her left arm.As she fought to recover, Bethany wondered: Would she ever surf again?Follow Bethany as she got back on her board and fearlessly chased her surfing dr
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 1st 2019 by Scholastic Nonfiction
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Sandy Brehl
It's hard to imagine that some kids may be unaware of surfer Bethany Hamilton, though they are certainly too young to have personal memories of the global news about her shark attack back in 2004. This title (in an excellent series of profiles of coruageous girls the ) is a slim but ideal introduction. It captures the dramatic shark attack and its immediate consequences in heart-pounding and page-turning text. From those earliest pages and throughout, Hamilton's upbeat and forward-facing persona ...more
American Mensa
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing

An Inspirational Story of Courage and Passion

“She Dared” is an inspiring, true story about a teenage girl whose dream is to be a professional surfer. Since she was eight years old, Bethany Hamilton has surfed competitively. But one day, when she was only thirteen years old, Bethany was attacked by a tiger shark and lost her left arm. How would you react and what would you feel and think if you were attacked by a shark? “She Dared” gives an inside look at what was running through Bethany’s mind
Julie Overpeck
Thank you to the Kid Lit Exchange network for a preview copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

Malala Yousafsai and Bethany Hamilton are featured as part of a set of biographies planned by Scholastic. The stories in the book were familiar to me because I have read Soul Surfer and I Am Malala, sources for these books, but they might be new to young readers learning about these young women for the first time. I like that the author wrote about the importance of faith in both girls' lives, sin
Part of the inspiring She Dared series, this book focuses on champion surfer Bethany Hamilton. while surfing in Hawaii, she was attacked by a tiger shark in 2003 when she was thirteen, and lost her left arm. Not only is the description of the attack and aftermath vivid and engaging, but readers will be astonished at her bravery and determination as this young woman somehow managed to bounce back, train hard, and return to the sport she loves so much. I cannot imagine ever being able to stand up ...more
Feb 26, 2020 rated it liked it
From a new paperback series spotlighting famous young women, this title on surfer Bethany Hamilton focuses on her injury from a shark bite when she was an early teen and follows her recovery as she works hard to adapt to surfing with only one arm and her struggle to compete on a professional level. While the story and dialogue driven text is unauthorized, it does recreate her experience from many published sources and recorded interviews. There are several pages of photographs, a glossary of sur ...more
Misty  Miller
Apr 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Well Jenni Walsh has done it again – she has taken an amazing true story and breathed a fresh new perspective into it. Bethany Hamilton is an amazing young woman who took a harrowing incident and turned it into an amazing life adventure. When most young women her age are struggling to just fit in, Jenni Walsh allows us to see how Bethany thrives. This story will dare you to dream in even your darkest hour. Travel with Walsh as she guides the reader through the events that led Bethany to thrive w ...more
Amy-Jo Conant
Aug 05, 2020 rated it liked it
A 2020 MCBA book

Short quick read. I think it’s a great book for anyone interested in learning more about Bethany Hamilton

Not overly compelling but interesting. I think it’s made for a fairly young audience. Perhaps 3rd and up. It has a very upbeat tone which matches what we learn about Bethany.

I might suggest it to students who are doing biography reports.

I think she’s incredibly inspiring and her message of perseverance is important.

I am interested to see what else this series produces
Carolyn Menke
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For every child who dreams big dreams, who worries if they'll ever have the courage it takes to conquer their fear, this is a must read. They will see themselves in Bethany Hamilton, a girl following her passion. But what I love most about this story is how Jenni L. Walsh showed Bethany's courage and her decision to chose resiliency over adversity. An uplifting, inspirational read. ...more
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Quick paced and powerfully written, this book will be popular with kids drawn to “I Survived” books as well as “Who Is/Was?” biographies. I would consider this a must-buy for schools, libraries, and kids interested in Bethany Hamilton.
Aug 19, 2020 rated it liked it
The second biography I've read on Hamilton in my MCBA tenure. Fascinating story--never give up! ...more
Jeannie Miller
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
My 9 year old granddaughter is fascinated by Bethany Hamilton and her tenacity. This is a great introduction to the shark incident that took Bethany’s arm and how she learned to surf competitively again.
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bethany Hamilton is such a great role model for kids. She has a fighting spirit and has proved the power of faith and never giving up. This was a great read full of hope and inspiration.
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fall-2020
While I love the story of Bethany Hamilton and have read another book about her, I found this to be so poorly written. It was so difficult to overlook the writing.
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I love this book. Recently I have wanted to know more about her and this book helped a lot. It summarizes her life from before her shark attack to her new life! This is well written.
Jenni Walsh
May 26, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-babes
Thank you, Booklist and School Library Journal!

"While engaging text puts readers in the life-or-death moment, the book focuses more on Bethany’s recovery...Readers see Bethany’s ultimate test of perseverance when she competes in her first pro competition with her self-nicknamed 'Stumpy.' [An] inspirational journey." - Booklist

"... powerful, depicting the drama of Hamilton’s experiences and demonstrating the impact of her Christian faith, her mental toughness, and her family’s support." - School
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Jenni L. Walsh spends her days knee deep in words in Philadelphia’s suburbia. Beyond words, Jenni is a mama (of an soulful seven-year-old, an dinosaur-loving four-year-old, and two needy furbabies), a wife, a Philly and 'Nova sports fan..

But where did it all begin? Jenni spent her early years dabbling in various forms of writing and with her nose in a book. Her writing chops first began to develop

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