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Shark Girl

(Shark Girl #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  3,496 ratings  ·  601 reviews
On a sunny day in June, at the beach with her mom and brother, fifteen-year-old Jane Arrowood went for a swim. And then everything -- absolutely everything -- changed. Now she's counting down the days until she returns to school with her fake arm, where she knows kids will whisper, "That's her -- that's Shark Girl," as she passes. In the meantime there are only questions: ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 10th 2007 by Candlewick Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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Dec 09, 2011 rated it it was ok

roger daltrey may not get fooled again, but for me, it happens time after time.

dear books, please tell me when you are going to be poetry.

this is Family all over again.

this is a book about a girl who loses an arm to a shark attack. A SHARK ATTACK!! this has "me" written all over it! not because i have lost an arm to a shark attack (although it would explain my atrocious typing) - i would never go near the ocean. and why?? because of
May 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
This is the worst book I have read this year. Of course, my opinion is subjective, but God am I disappointed this wasn’t even a little tiny minuscule bit better.

It’s supposed to be poetic, told in verse. But this isn’t what I call poetry and I’m positive real poets, like Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson and William Shakespeare have been turning in their graves since the publication of this… er, book.

There’s nothing poetic about it,
unless you consider this,
But I hope you don’t,
Stephanie A.
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
The minute I saw this book I was hooked on its premise; I couldn't wait to read something that dealt with the aftermath of a shark attack. I didn't flip through the pages before I checked it out of the library, though, and as soon as I opened it I was disappointed to see that it was written largely in poems. I read it anyway, because I still wanted to know what happened. But this is the last book I will ever read in that format, because when most of your lines don't even cross the page, this ...more
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
I would not call this book a lot of things: I would not call it Novel in Verse; I would not call it inspirational or affecting; I would not call it finely crafted or artistic; I would not call it a Young Adult Novel, even. I could see that this two-hour-or-less and you're done reading a 250+ page book might be popular for a while among young readers because of its subject matter of dealing with a life's rarer hardship and that nothing in the book offends anyone's senses by being too gorey or two ...more
Lillian Weigand
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book. It made me realize the challenges the character faces in this book. This book is about a girl whose name is Jane. One day, she goes to the beach with her mom and brother, and she went to go for a swim in the water. Then, she doesn't see it at all, but a shark comes up to her and bit her arm off. Jane's brother dove into the water to save her. Jane then goes to the hospital and has to get her arm amputated. She then got a prosthetic arm and it is harder for her to do ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
It was okay, I liked how it made you feel right in the story. A bit slow in the middle, but fast in the end and beginning. I recommend this to people that can handle the ocean fails and blood. lots of blood.
Laura Gardner
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
My students will probably like this “novel in verse” just fine, but I couldn’t get into it...mostly because IMO it is poorly written.
Jun 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shark Girl, a book by Kelly Bingham, tells the story of a young girl who is struggling to regain her life after being attacked by a shark, and losing her arm.
On a sunny day at the beach with her mom and brother, fifteen year old Jane Arrowood’s life would change forever. While going for a swim alone she is attacked by a shark, luckily her brother spotted her and was able to get her to the hospital. Although lucky to be alive, Jane doesn’t want to face the fact that her arm is gone forever. She
Jordan Davison
Nov 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham is a realistic fiction novel about a girl whose whole life changed in an instant. Jane Arrowood is a fifteen year old girl with a passion as an artist. She had won the school art show now two years in a row and was going for a third. Yet, on one summer day in June at a California beach called, Point Dume State Beach, one swim changed Jane’s life forever. The moment she woke up and heard all the news reports of “Teen girl attacked by shark on public
Apr 23, 2010 rated it liked it
I was interested in reading this book because my students read a story about Bethany Hamilton (mentioned in this book) at the beginning of every school year. I thought, since they're always interested in knowing more about Bethany and what she went through, this would be a good book to recommend.

It is... kind of. Jane must go through quite a bit of what Bethany does: dealing with the faces, the concern, the random notes and gifts, the helicopter nurses and doctors, the therapy, the self-pity and
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was moving in such a positive way. In this book, Jane was unbelievably strong. After the accident, she at first had not wanted to do anything or see anyone. She realized that she was going to have to deal with it and went on like any other would do. No matter how hard it was she wouldn't give up and that's why it pulled me in to continue reading it. It stood out to me when she had said to Justin that "She had lost an arm not a leg so I can't draw anymore." When Justin had asked her to ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
What I really liked about this novel in verse is how it showed that Jane had to redefine herself, to remake herself, after her accident. She had to learn to accept herself before others could accept her, and she had to be willing to explore new options. I read it all in one sitting--couldn't put it down! This would make a great discussion book.
A.E. Marling
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This novella-length story is about a teenager learning to live having lost one arm, her ability to draw, and her privacy. It seemed just about perfect for a young-adult story. Best part? No shoe-horned romance.
Kylie Frank
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kylie Frank
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Personal Response: I liked the book Shark Girl. I liked the book because it told a story about a girl swimming while her arm was chewed off by a shark. I'm not much of a reader. When I read this book, it had me hooked. I would like to read more books by Kelly Bingham.

Shark Girl. mostly took place on the sunny beach in June. The story took place at a beach, that is where Jane had her arm chewed off by a shark. Jane is now known as
Alicia Beranek
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jane, Jane's mom, and Michael went swimming at the beach and Michael was busy looking at the girls. Then suddenly a shark appeared and Jane got attacked! She lost her arm. Everyone was screaming and running all over the place and one guy got a video of it and he sent it to the news, it was all over the place. I think Jane got in one of those situations where she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. When Jane finally got to the hospital she saw th video and started cursing at the tv. Every ...more
Sarah Hayes
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was about a girl named Jane who loves to do art and draw and art was her happy place until one morning she was swimming and she got taken under by a shark. And everyone started to run out of the water. And a guy video tapping his child playing in the sand saw what was happening and started to record it as it was all going on. She got pulled out of the water and her arm was just dangling by a piece of skin and blood was oozing everywhere. Throughout the story she goes threw hard times ...more
Alyssa Dillenburg
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 out of 5 stars

I’m usually not a fan of books that use poetry format for the storytelling, but it suited this book so well! I love the way that the reader gets information from newspaper articles, phone conversations, and even letters! I recommend it to middle schoolers for some language, and there is no gruesome details about the shark attack or the amputation.
Jenny Delrio
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Have you ever felt the pain of only having one arm? Well in this book there is a teenage girl named Jane that looses her arm because he was bitten by a shark. This teenage girl was a regular normal teen that liked having fun going out with friends and enjoying her time with her family on the beach. Jane went to a really happy teenager to a depressed one.

Jane and her mom and brother went out to the beach because it was really nice that day out. Jane lost her father when she
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Personal Response:
I loved this book because it was very inspiring. I thought it was cool that this girl, who got her arm bit off my a shark, readjusted to live life living without an arm. The author did a very good job explaining everything in detail, and I never wanted to put the book down. I would definitely read this book again sometime.

This book is about a girl who got her arm bit off by a shark on vacation. Her name is Jane. After being bit by a shark her right arm was amputated, and
Alexis Frasier
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Personal response- I really enjoyed this book and so I gave it a 5 out of 5. I can not wait to read the next part of the series. I really enjoyed reading about the struggles that she was facing at her age of time.

Plot- Fifteen year old Jane and her family was hoping to have a great day at the beach but as soon as fast that great day at the beach turned to a day that Jane and her family will never forget. As she finished tying up her pink bikini which Michael her brother would always say was so
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 7th-grade
In "Shark Girl" by Kelly Bingham, Jane was self conscious at the beginning in the book. Before school started she didn't want to do anything fun with her friends, or just go outside. She tried to stay inside the house as long as she could hiding away from the world. Jane was afraid of being judged at what people would think of her. For example, in the text it says "Come with me to the grocery store," Mom says..."No,thanks."...The thought of stepping out there like this-"(95). This quote tells ...more
Christy Rosso
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Christy Rosso
Genre: Novel in Verse
Bingham, K. (2007). Shark girl. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press.
Format: Print
Selection process: NoveList

Jane Arrowood, aged 15, is the victim of a shark attack in this novel in verse by Kelly Bingham set in California. Jane quickly becomes known as “Shark Girl” after she loses her arm to a shark while swimming at a local beach near her Santa Clarita home. Jane’s brother Michael saves her life, creating a tourniquet and carrying her to
Jane (15) is an artist, but she loses her arm when she is attacked by a shark while swimming. Her brother rescues her, and she falls into a coma. After she wakes up, she finds that her arm has been amputated above the elbow. It takes her weeks to heal after the operation, and the ordeal changes her forever. She can’t stop thinking about the man who stood on the beach recording the whole incident with his video camera as it happened – that he watched, that he did nothing to help her, that he ...more
Abby Johnson
Dec 12, 2007 rated it liked it
This novel in verse tells the story of Jane, an artistic high schooler whose life changes completely when she loses her right arm in a shark attack. A bystander videotapes the event and it's shown on the news. Suddenly strangers from all over the country are sending her cards and flowers, acting like they're her new best friend, like they understand her. In reality, Jane shrinks from all the attention and seems to abandon the things that gave her joy before the accident. Little things like ...more
L11-Mary Utterback
Mar 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 520-poetry
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 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
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
The moment I opened Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham, I was hooked. I love books about shark attacks and/or recovering from a shark attack, so of course I had to read this. The plot was great, but I was a little disappointed with the format of this book. It's written in a way that almost makes it seem like the book consisted of a bunch of poems. However, I would still highly recommend this book. It was about the recovery, emotionally and physically, of 15 year old Jane Arrowood after she was ...more
Rebecca McNutt
This book reminded me of this film that came out when I was in the eighth grade called Soul Surfer. The main character of Shark Girl has it all: a brilliant artistic talent, lots of friends, a life free from sadness and stress... until a vicious shark attack takes it all away. Starting over won't be easy, but she's still determined as ever to be her own person. This young adult novel has much more to it than meets the eye, told in a number of different formats so that you can piece together the ...more
Jan 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teens
Have you ever wanted to be famous? 15-year-old Jane thought she did, until in a moment, her life is changed forever. During a seemingly normal day at the beach, Jane is the victim of a shark attack. Although she survives, due to the severity of the attack, her right arm is amputated. Jane struggles to move on and is trying to forget that fateful day, but the attack is caught on tape, so it is played over and over again on TV. She is an instant celebrity, but does she really want to be known as ...more
Oct 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
This one surprised me. I loved it. I even cried. I really did.

This is a very well-written story of a girl who loses her arm in a shark attack. It's a novel-in-verse and I think that was the perfect format. The main character, Jane, is so incredibly real. She's angry, yes, but she's not bitter the whole time, and I love the way the author illustrates her growth and adjustment over time. She's the perfect protagonist in the sense that I think you're able to empathize with her big time. And this
emma grace
Sep 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: very-fast-read
A pretty good book; it is written in free-verse poetry with conversations between the main character and other characters to create a very unique style of book. The actual story was pretty good, although I felt like the author could have done something else to have it not echo the Bethany Hamilton story so much. Although there are major differences between the two, one, the girl in this book does not surf, and two, she lives in California instead of Hawaii. Also, I really enjoyed the new movie ...more
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Kelly Bingham is the author of the award-winning novel Shark Girl as well as Z Is for Moose, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky. Recipient of an MFA in writing for children and young adults, Kelly Bingham lives in Georgia.

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