Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Age level: 14 and up

# of Pages: 276 p.

RAC Book: Yes

Jane, a fifteen year old girl, gets attacked by a shark when her and her family go to the beach one summer day. Despite the fact that there were many people around, the only person to help her was her older brother who pulled her out of the water. Jane ends up having to have her arm amputated, which is extra hard for her because she was a talented artist. The story is told through a variety of poems in which Jane expresses her feelings about every aspect of this catastrophe such as the tape of her getting attacked that was played over and over on the news, the numerous letters she gets from supporters, and even her own feelings about trying to draw again. Jane’s feelings come across as very natural and understandable for a young girl in her position. As time goes on her thoughts reflect her healing process.

This story is honest and compelling in the way it describes how Jane copes with losing a limb in her teenage years. There are many supporting characters who help Jane in her journey to recovery such as her best friends and a young boy who has recently lost a leg that she meets at the hospital. She has a strong support structure around her, but in the end it is up to her to take those important steps toward acceptance. The content is unique for young adult literature and should be very popular among young readers.

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11 Responses to “Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham”


  1. 1 Gemma Smith March 6, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    This is an outstanding book and it really makes you want to give back to the community. I certainly reccomend it to anyone. it is very inspiring and is a great quick read. One of the best reads of the year!

  2. 2 Hannah Leigh November 29, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    This is such a goood book.(:

  3. 3 maricruz December 10, 2009 at 2:39 am

    by reading the book “shark girl”it has make me think how much i look in the mirror and think to my self how much i say “i will like to have i nice smile i will like to have i great look”well at lease i have i arm leg don’t have a illness or brain damage and i have i great family who loves me and know i am beautiful from the inside love who you are and not who you want to be

  4. 5 Whitney March 4, 2010 at 3:12 am

    I have read Shark Girl. this book is so good, it has a little bit of romance, fear, blood and this book i would recommend to anyone

  5. 7 Anonymous March 9, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    your book rocks and i am doing a report for school about how shark girl is the best book ever i love i need to find information about you the author its hard as hell i cant find anything about you

  6. 8 Anonymous April 14, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    I feel this book is a good read for any high school student…it made me be thankful that i am healthy and have nothing wrong with me…when i was reading the book i never wanted to put it down and that cant tell someone that the book was written in such a way that pulls you in

  7. 9 wndy_rios15@yahoo.com March 23, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    SO I HAD TO READ THIZ BOOK SHARK GIRL ND ITS REALLY AWESOME HOW SHE CAN GET OVER AND JST LIVE WITH IT. AND THAT Liitle HAD TO GO TROUGHT SOO YEA I THINK THAT WHO EVER READS THIS BOOK THEY WILL REALLY ENJOY IT

  8. 10 monkeylover123@rocketmail.com May 2, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I Loveee this book it is awesomee!!! ❤ The good part about this book is that it showed me how to treat people who are hurt or who always thought that they were left out well now i am helping the world by talking to people that no one likes, i sit with them when i can and i talk with them when i can. When I have the time ill even hang out with them, and when I do all that I get proud of myself, And I dont care what people think of me all i care about is treating people that are mental, hurt, or even lonely becuase it hurts me to see themm sitting by themselves! ❤

  9. 11 Caasi Tica October 1, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    I ❤ this book soooo muuuchhh! I like the story and the meaningful paragraphs…It was really realistic when I began to read it! It was so darn good! I love SHARK GIRL and Ms. Bingham :)!


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