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Shark Girl

By Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Introspective look at a teen's road to recovery.

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age 18+

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Is It Any Good?

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This is an emotional book that's best for the tender-hearted reader ready for some soul-searching. 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. The sadness, hopelessness, and depression felt by the main character, along with emotions of meaningful people in her life, are honestly depicted through dialogue and plot and will be quite moving to the right kind of introspective reader.

Book Details

  • Author: Kelly Bingham
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: April 19, 2007
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 12
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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