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Shark Summer

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  12 reviews
When a Hollywood film crew arrives on Martha's Vineyard with a mechanical shark and a youth film contest boasting a huge cash prize, disgraced pitcher Gayle "Blue Streak" Briar sees a chance to turn a bad season into the best summer ever.

After recruiting aspiring cinematographer Elijah Jones and moody director Maddie Grey, Gayle and her crew set out to uncover the truth of
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 25th 2021 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published May 4th 2021)
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Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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SHARK SUMMER is super cute. In some ways, it reminds me of an edgier kids' adventure movie, like Monster House (2006) or Tower of Terror (1997). After the heroine, Gayle, suffers an arm injury that gets her off the team, summer at Martha's Vineyard seems pretty boring. Her mother is working double-shifts to cover her medical expenses, which means that their dream of opening a boutique ice cream store are put on ice until they have the ti
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
Another book I don't remember requesting, but it ended up being a really good read. ...more
Gayle and her single mother recently moved to Martha’s Vineyard from Boston to open a boutique ice cream store. Gayle, a star pitcher for a local softball team, breaks her arm during the championship and loses the game. Reeling with guilt at losing the game and inadvertently forcing her mom to take an additional job to pay hospital bills, Gayle joins budding cinematographer Elijah and bullied teen Maddie to film a movie for a contest with a $3,000 prize. They meet the production crew on a big-bu ...more
Melanie Dulaney
Film-making, sharks, friend drama, and financial woes are all wrapped in a graphic novel format for middle grades to younger YA readers. Cartoonist Ira Marcks' panels have a slightly edgy look to them that will appeal to the older in the target age group, but with the appeal of sharks and a whole section on movie monsters, a wide array of readers will be racing to read this one. While the main characters are in junior high, Marcks keeps this book free of profanity, violence and sexual content an ...more
Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Jun 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Jill Jemmett
Jun 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Gayle Briar was the pitcher on her softball team until she broke her arm. Now, her mother has moved them to Martha’s Vineyard because her mom has fond memories of spending the summers there when she was a kid. Their plan to open an ice cream stand is put on hold when her mom has to get a higher paying job to pay for Gayle’s hospital bills. Gayle explores the island and watches the filming of a shark movie. Gayle ends up finding Elijah, a young eager filmmaker, and Maddie, a local girl with a gho ...more
An entertaining yet mysterious beach read about a summer on the island where the bigwigs have come in to shoot a fancy movie yet Gayle is licking some wounds after a failed baseball season and the fact that her mom's dream of owning an ice cream shop has been traded out for housekeeping so Gayle has to find something to entertain herself this summer- and making a movie for a contest is the best way to do that.

The distinctive style works so well with the bright coloring and characterizations. It
Lorie LovesBooks
Jun 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
i really enjoyed this, it's a great read for summer. Only one part of the plot I did not like. The characters were interesting the stakes were high and the mystery was engaging. Illustrations were excellent I felt very much like I was at the beach, enjoying the cool breezes. ...more
Destiny Henderson
This was fun. The art style fits perfectly for this story.
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