Two fourteen-year-old cousins join a group of fishermen in pursuit of a massive shark off the coast of Southern Australia.
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Grade 5-8 Despite the title (and terrific cover illustration), this is not just a shark-hunt adventurealthough it in cludes some terrifying scenes of one. Twelve-year-old Joe has come from Melbourne to live in a small coastal town with his uncle's hard-pressed family that includes his cousin Meg, who is his age but taller and handier than he. When Scarface, a 20-foot rogue white shark reappears, Uncle Harry interests a shark hunter in hiring his boat, and the cousins go along to cook. The preparations and attempts at hooking the shark are grippingly de scribed. Their second attempt ends in disaster when the boat catches on fire; Meg, Joe, and Meg's badly burned and injured father land on an island without any means of getting help. How the cousins cope under stress and impro vise their survival and rescuethe shark and other shadows fading to the backgroundis the focus of the last four chapters. The resolutions are al most a let-down after the melodramatic piling up of calamities, but this Austra lian author has written a real page-turn er that might even be considered for reluctant readers. Ruth M. McCon nell, San Antonio Public Library
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Book Description Harpercollins Childrens Books, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060261781
Book Description Harpercollins Childrens Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0060261781 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0013461