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It’s been a year since the shark attack that took Jane’s arm, and with it, everything she used to take for granted. Her dream of becoming an artist is in jeopardy, and part of her wonders if she’s duty bound to “give back” by becoming a nurse. Meanwhile, her former crush, Max, reappears in her life, this time as a science tutor, and Jane’s old feelings come bubbling to the surface. But Max couldn’t possibly be interested in her, could he? And would Jane be better off with the cute boy from her science class, who makes it clear that he’d like to see more of Jane?
Formerly Shark Girl picks up where Kelly Bingham’s artful, honest debut novel left off, following Jane as she struggles to remember who she was before she was Shark Girl—and to figure out who she is now.
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Kelly Bingham is the author of the award-winning novel Shark Girl as well as the acclaimed picture book Z Is for Moose, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky. About Formerly Shark Girl, she says, “I never thought of writing a sequel to Shark Girl. But over the years, so many readers have written and asked me about Jane. Did she ever see Max again? Did she ever go back to the ocean? Did she choose to be a nurse or an artist? They asked such good questions that I began to wonder about them myself.” Kelly Bingham has an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College. She lives in Ellijay, Georgia.From School Library Journal:
Gr 9 Up-Told in narrative verse, this coming-of-age story showcases a teen's mental turmoil and, ultimately, her strength of character. High-school senior Jane Arrowood may have healed physically from the loss of her arm in a shark attack a year ago, but she still grapples with emotional scars in this sequel to Shark Girl (Candlewick, 2007). She struggles as she tries to decide which path to take: continue her love of art as a painter, or try becoming a nurse-a way of paying back those who saved her life. Poems are interspersed with "fan mail," which is condescending and inspiring by turns. Some of the letters say things like, "Seeing you makes me realize how lucky I am," while others simply offer encouragement. No one is more surprised than Jane by a budding new relationship with college freshman Max Shannon. She discovers that he's dealing with troubles of his own as he's chosen to give up going away to school to care for his mentally troubled father. Recommend this novel to teens looking for something that falls somewhere between the poetic melodrama of Ellen Hopkins and the soul-searching realistic fiction of Sarah Dessen.-Madigan McGillicuddy, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Atlanta, GAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Book Description Candlewick Pr, 2013. Compact Disc. Condition: Brand New. mp3 una edition. 7.50x5.25x0.75 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # 1469275090