Recommended Reads - Shark Week

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I survived the shark attacks of 1916

By: Ball, Georgia

Chet Roscow is finally feeling at home in his uncle's little New Jersey town. He has three new friends, and they love cooling off in the creek on hot summer days. But then comes shocking news: A massive shark has been attacking swimmers in the ocean along the Jersey Shore, not far from where Chet is staying. Fear is in the air. So when Chet spots a gray fin in the creek, he's sure it's his imagination running wild. It's impossible he's about to come face-to-face with a killer shark right.

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The Great Shark Rescue: saving the whale sharks

By: Markle, Sandra

Presents the story of whale sharks-- the largest fish on the planet. Facing threats from commercial fishing as well as climate change, they were categorized as endangered in 2016. Despite the marine sanctuaries set aside to protect whale sharks, their population is still decreasing. These gentle giants may be accidentally caught in fishing nets, fished by poachers, or hit by a ship's propeller. But new conservation methods, which include enlisting volunteers to spot them as well as tagging and remotely following them--are giving experts hope. Can volunteers and scientists help save the world's biggest fish before it's too late?

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Great White Shark Adventure

by: Fraioli, James O.,

Bella, twelve, and Marcus, thirteen, join Fabien Cousteau's research team off the coasts of South Africa and Australia as they try to find and tag an extraordinarily large great white shark. Inserts include facts about sharks and other marine animals, equipment used by researchers studying sharks, and more.

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Sharks [graphic novel]: nature's perfect hunter

by: Flood, Joe.

For over 400 million years, sharks have been the ocean's top predator! They're vital to our ecosystem, but their importance is often overshadowed by our own fear—even though they hardly ever threaten humans. Dive in for an intimate look at the dynamic hammerhead, infamous great white, primordial megalodon, and the gentle nurse shark, the rare species that will let a scuba diver pet them!

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Shark Lady : the true story of how Eugenie Clark became the ocean's most fearless scientist

by: Keating, Jess

At 9 years old, Eugenie Clark developed an unexpected passion for sharks after a visit to the Battery Park Aquarium in New York City. At the time, sharks were seen as mindless killing machines, but Eugenie knew better and set out to prove it. Despite many obstacles in her path, Eugenie was able to study the creatures she loved so much. From her many discoveries to the shark-related myths she dispelled, Eugenie's wide scientific contributions led to the well-earned nickname "Shark Lady".

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If Sharks Disappeared

by: Williams, Lily.

A healthy ocean is home to many different kinds of animals. They can be

big, like a whale,

tiny, like a shrimp,

and even scary, like a shark.

Even though sharks can be scary, we need them to keep the oceans healthy. Unfortunately, due to overfishing, many shark species are in danger of extinction, and that can cause big problems in the oceans and even on land.

What would happen if this continued and sharks disappeared completely?

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The Great White Shark Scientist

by: Montgomery, Sy

The Great White Shark Scientist is the latest ocean adventure from the venerable team of Sy Montgomery and Keith Ellenbogen. In it, they follow Dr. Greg Skomal, biologist and head of the Massachusetts Shark Research Program, as he strives to better understand the habits and habitats of Great Whites in order to save this amazing, if maligned, creature of the deep.

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Terrors from the deep [graphic novel]: true tales of surviving shark attacks

by: Yomtov, Nelson

You’re swimming in the ocean when you see a fin cutting through the water toward you. Shark! Although sharks have the upper hand in their watery homes, some people have encountered shark attacks and have lived to show their scars. These true stories detail the amazing events of people who endured a shark attack and survived.

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Neighborhood Sharks: hunting with the great whites of California's Farallon Islands

by: Roy, Katherine

Up close with the ocean's most fearsome and famous predator and the scientists who study them—just twenty-six miles from the Golden Gate Bridge!

A few miles from San Francisco lives a population of the ocean's largest and most famous predators. Each fall, while the city's inhabitants dine on steaks, salads, and sandwiches, the great white sharks return to California's Farallon Islands to dine on their favorite meal: the seals that live on the island's rocky coasts. Massive, fast, and perfectly adapted to hunting after 11 million years of evolution, the great whites are among the planet's most fearsome, fascinating, and least understood animals.

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Swimming with Sharks: the daring discoveries of Eugenie Clark

By: Lang, Heather

Before Eugenie Clark's groundbreaking research, most people thought sharks were vicious, blood-thirsty killers. From the first time she saw a shark in an aquarium, Japanese-American Eugenie was enthralled. Instead of frightening and ferocious eating machines, she saw sleek, graceful fish gliding through the water. After she became a scientist-an unexpected career path for a woman in the 1940s-she began taking research dives and training sharks, earning her the nickname "The Shark Lady."

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