Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham

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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: Why did this happen? Why her? What about her art? What about her life? In this striking first novel, Kelly Bingham uses poems, letters, telephone conversations, and newspaper clippings to look unflinchingly at what it’s like to lose part of yourself - and to summon the courage it takes to find yourself again.
 

About Kelly Bingham

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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 Ellijay, Georgia.
 
Published April 26, 2011 by Candlewick. 290 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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This debut novel, written primarily in poetry form reminiscent of Sonya Sones’s Stop Pretending (1999), follows a 15-year-old girl after she loses her right arm to a shark.

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Written in a series of poems, letters and journal entries, Bingham's debut novel strikes a delicate balance between shock story and emotive rant, and delivers a provocative portrait of one girl's journey following a near-fatal accident.

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Bestsellersworld

Imagine you're enjoying a fun summer with your family at the beach, when suddenly you're attacked by a shark who bites off one of your arms and your life is changed forever.

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Common Sense Media

Written using narrative, poems, and letters to Jane from strangers moved by her story, the story follows Jane's slow progress to accepting her traumatic experience.

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Written using narrative, poems, and letters to Jane from strangers moved by her story, the story follows Jane's slow progress to accepting her traumatic experience.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

If there were a higher rating than five stars, I would award it to Shark Girl , the debut novel by Kelly Bingham, who has also been a Walt Disney Feature Animation artist and director.

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