Wednesday, October 5, 2011
I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916 by Lauren Tarshis
Chet is new to town, living with his uncle and working in his restaurant. He has just managed to befriend three local boys and they are all fascinated by the stories of a shark attack in the ocean off New Jersey. When Chet pulls a prank on his new friends to get back at them for something they did to him he goes a little too far in scaring them. So when he really sees a shark in the creek where everyone swims, no one believes him. This book is based on the true story of shark attacks that killed four people and injured one in 1916. People were surprised by the attacks in the ocean but absolutely stunned by the attacks in a local river. Although the real story of the shark attacks is fascinating this book is much too simple for my tastes. However, it is a good introduction to this event for a low reader or younger student.