The Great White Man-Eating Shark by Margaret Mahy
A Cautionary Tale (Picture Puffins)

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Norvin has just two talents: acting and swimming. But there's a problem--he looks like a shark! He devises a fiendish plan, and soon has the water to himself; or does he? A perfect beach book for all year round. Illustrated.

About Margaret Mahy

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Margaret Mahy was born on March 21, 1936 in Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. She received a B.A. degree from the University of New Zealand. She worked as a nurse, an assistant librarian, and a children's librarian in England and New Zealand. Her first book, A Lion in the Meadow, was published in 1969. She became a full-time author in 1980. During her lifetime, she wrote more than 120 children's books including The Haunting, The Changeover, Memory, A Lion in the Meadow, The Seven Chinese Brothers, and The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate. She won the Esther Glen Award five times, the Carnegie Medal of the British Library Association three times, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Hans Christian Andersen Award, and in 1999, she won the New Zealand Post Children's Book Award in two categories, Picture Book and Supreme Award. She died after a brief illness on July 23, 2012 at the age of 76.
Published January 1, 1989 by Scholastic. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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All goes well until Norvin is spotted by a female shark who takes a fancy to him, giving Norvin such a fright that he blows his cover and eschews swimming for quite a long time.

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Capitalizing on his sharkish looks, Norvin frightens away all the other swimmers from Caramel Cove--except for one whose dorsal fin might just be genuine;

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