Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board

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Grades 6 - 8Grades 5 - 10n/a6.030303
The amazing story of the thirteen-year-old surfer girl who lost her arm in a shark attack but never lost her faith -- and of her triumphant return to competitive surfing.

They say Bethany Hamilton has saltwater in her veins. How else could one explain the tremendous passion that drives her to surf? How else could one explain that nothing -- not even the loss of her arm in a horrific shark attack -- could come between her and the waves?

That Halloween morning in Kauai, Hawaii -- a glorious part of the world, where it's hard to deny the divine -- Bethany responded to the shark's stealth attack with the calm of a girl with God on her side. Pushing pain and panic aside, she immediately began to paddle with one arm, focusing on a single thought: "Get to the beach...." Rushed to the hospital, where her father, Tom Hamilton, was about to undergo knee surgery, Bethany found herself taking his spot in the O.R. It's the kind of coincidence that isn't mere coincidence to the Hamilton family, a clan whose motto could easily be "the family that surfs and prays together stays together." To them it was a sign someone had a greater plan than the one they'd been working on themselves -- which had been to scrape together whatever resources they could to help Bethany rise to the top of her sport. When the first thing Bethany wanted to know after surgery was "When can I surf again?" it became clear that her unfaltering spirit and determination were part of a greater story -- a tale of courage and faith that this modest and soft-spoken girl would come to share with the world.

Soul Surfer is a moving account of Bethany's life as a young surfer, her recovery in the wake of the shark attack, the adjustments she's made to her unique surfing style, her unprecedented bid for a top showing in the World Surfing Championships, and, most fundamentally, her belief in God. It is a story of girl power and spiritual grit that shows that the body is no more essential to surfing -- perhaps even less so -- than the soul.

Paperback, 304 pages
Published on March 1, 2011 by MTV Books
ISBN-10: 1439165793
ISBN-13: 9781439165799
72 Book Reviews
  • trixie242
    trixie242Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 8:30 am
    it tells about Bethany Hamilton how she was in a shark attack and lost her arm.it also tells about how it was a true story of faith , family, and fighting to get back on the bord.
    • stgymnast
      stgymnastTuesday, June 17, 2014 at 3:24 pm55 stars
      This is a very strong book. It is an amazing story. This book is trying to tell us to never give up on something we love even if something happen. I found it very inspiring.
      • caramelfearless
        caramelfearlessThursday, June 12, 2014 at 5:05 am55 stars
        This is a powerful book that touches the heart. It is a story about a girl that goes surfing and she gets bit by a shark. I think you should read this book
        • seary
          searyWednesday, June 4, 2014 at 4:42 pm55 stars
          this is a cool book
          • lionsrcute1
            lionsrcute1Monday, March 17, 2014 at 3:41 pm55 stars
            One thing about me: I usually don't like biographies. Still, I LOVED this book. It was so inspirational, like how she always had faith in God. Did like, any of you watch Soul Surfer? Well, this tells you about the story from her point of view again. Like, really hers.
            • lionsrcute1
              lionsrcute1Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:54 pm55 stars
              One thing about me: I usually don't like biographies. Still, I LOVED this book. It was so inspirational, like how she always had faith in God.
              • nicbia
                nicbiaFriday, September 13, 2013 at 7:10 am
                I saw the movie but i want to read the book
                • klacos
                  klacosFriday, September 13, 2013 at 7:01 am55 stars
                  I cried when I saw the movie but I want to read the book i wonder witch one is better the book or the movie
                  • cutiekittenlove
                    cutiekittenloveThursday, May 30, 2013 at 3:58 pm55 stars
                    Book so great you can do anything
                    • myami
                      myamiWednesday, May 1, 2013 at 3:27 pm55 stars
                      one of the most inspirational books ever. it was amazing!