Book Review: Formerly Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham

sharkgirlBook Review:  Formerly Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham

This is a follow up book to Shark Girl because the author had so many people wanting to know more about Jane. This novel is set a year after she had to have her arm amputated because of a shark attack. Now in her senior year, Jane is torn between nursing and art.

Novels in verse are always fun to read. This book is quick and has some real moments of brilliance. Art teachers could even use the grid discussion when teaching in class.

Quotes:

On things unspoken:
I say nothing as he puts on his coat
and nods good-bye to us both.
But, oh. The words we have spoken.
They hang in the air, so ripe I could pick them,
could take a bite and savor them.

On decisions:

Decisions are hard, yes.
But oh, how grateful I am
to have decisions
to make.

On mistakes:

He moves off to help other students
with their projects. I keep working,
my heart sinking as time runs out
and my painting is worse than before.
Thank goodness for the ability
to paint over your mistakes.
And over.
And over.

Recommended Ages: 7-12
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Overall Opinion:  Recommended
Source: Book

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