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A teenager struggles through physical loss to the start of acceptance in an absorbing, artful novel at once honest and insightful, wrenching and redemptive.

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.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published on April 13, 2010 by Candlewick
ISBN-10: 076364627X
ISBN-13: 9780763646271
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  • hydroflaskk
    hydroflaskkWednesday, September 11, 2019 at 3:02 pm55 stars
    it is so good an inspiring! It is about a girl named Jane who gets in a shark attack. Her right arm has to be amputated (cut off) and she is in a coma for 10 days. She loves drawing but it is an extraordinarily hard for her now. Her life is really affected, but there is a happy ending.
    • sonia15
      sonia15Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 6:53 am44 stars
      I read the book Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham. The book Shark Girl is about a girl who gets attacked by a shark. Jane has to live without an arm now. She faces many challenges with her new disability, but through it all she is the same Jane she always was. I liked this book because it showed that anything can happen to anyone. It wasn't Jane's fault that she lost her arm but it did happen and there is nothing she could have done. I really like this book because even though she let everyone around think she gave up art, on the inside she never did. This book is realistic fiction because it can happen to anyone. It might not seem very common or realistic but it really can happen. Jane was in the wrong place at the wrong time and that happens to everybody. I think it is more of a girly book because it is about a girl but, anyone can read it. It's more for teenagers because it is kind of disturbing in the beginning. Also if you like sharks or heroic stories you would like this book. When Jane got attacked by a shark that was showing external conflict because it was man vs. nature. She also faced a lot of internal conflict, losing a part of her was very hard for her and she struggled trying be be normal again. She knew deep down that she would never be treated the same.
      • 02kt
        02ktThursday, September 3, 2015 at 11:52 am55 stars
        shark girl is an really inspiring book and sends a message to everyone saying that no matter what your going through that you should keep your head held high...Jane is so strong and tries her best to get back to her normal after her arm was amputated and tries to start back drawing with her left arm even tho she does everything with her right arm and she cant even simply take out the trash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        • bebecube21
          bebecube21Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm
          i love this book it is written like a poem and tells a story of a girl who got attacked by a shark
          • bec
            becSaturday, February 2, 2013 at 10:50 am
            Wow this is like soul surfer
            • maddyrocks13
              maddyrocks13Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 9:32 am
              Is this just a retelling of Soul Surfer?
              • cupcake1555
                cupcake1555Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm
                I just really want to!!
                • blair123
                  blair123Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm
                  i really want to read this it looks awesome!!!!!