Before We Go Extinct by Karen Rivers
A Novel

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Grief can sometimes feel like being caught in the jaws of a great white shark.

J.C., who goes by the nickname Sharky, has been having a hard time ever since his best friend died in front of him in what might or might not have been an accident. Shell-shocked, Sharky spends countless hours holed up in his room, obsessively watching documentaries about sharks and climate change―and texting his dead friend.

Hoping a change of location will help, Sharky’s mom sends him to visit his dad on a remote island in Canada. There, Sharky meets a girl who just may show him how to live―and love―again.


About Karen Rivers

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Karen Rivers writes rich and funny novels for middle-grade readers, young adults, and the occasional grown-up. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her two children and a noxious-smelling dog. Visit her online at and @karenrivers.
Published June 28, 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 256 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Gr 7 Up—JC (aka Sharky) stopped speaking after he witnessed the death of his best friend, The King, in what may have been a suicide or an accidental fall off the 42nd story of his father's unfinished Manhattan high-rise. Sent to live with his distant hippie father on a mostly deserted Vancouver i...

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