"A sweeping, gorgeously told adventure of friendship and forgiveness."-The Bookseller

The Shark Caller

Zillah Bethell

Age: 9+

RRP  £7.99

The Shark Caller

By: Zillah Bethell

Illustrated by Saara Katariina

Age 9+

RRP  £7.99

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WINNER OF THE EDWARD STANFORD CHILDREN'S TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR 2022

A SUNDAY TIMES CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE WEEK


Dive beneath the waves with this spell-binding adventure of friendship, forgiveness and bravery, set on the shores of Papua New Guinea, perfect for fans of Katherine Rundell and Eva Ibbotson.


"I want to be able to call the sharks. Teach me the magic and show me the ways."

Blue Wing is desperate to become a shark caller, but instead she must befriend infuriating newcomer Maple, who arrives unexpectedly on Blue Wing's island.

At first, the girls are too angry to share their secrets and become friends. But when the tide breathes the promise of treasure, they must journey together to the bottom of the ocean to brave the deadliest shark of them all...

"The most incredible story...tender and wise, with themes of friendship, love, grief, revenge and acceptance." Michelle Harrison

"Magnificent and beautiful." Sophie Anderson

Above all, this is an exploration of grief and it has such wisdom that there are paragraphs worth copying to save and reread.
The Sunday Times, Children's Book of the Week
Extent:
368 pages
Dimensions:
201.2 x 138.8mm
Paperback ISBN:
9781474966849
Accelerated Reader Book Level:
3.8
Accelerated Reader Interest Level:
Middle years (MY)
Lexile:
580L
Key Stage:
KS2, KS3
Publication Date:
February 2021
Work Reference:
05376
Zillah Bethell
Zillah Bethell was born in the shadow of the volcano Mount Lamington in Papua New Guinea. She grew up without shoes, toys or technology. Consequently she spent a lot of time in the sea swimming and in canoes. Zillah's family returned to the UK when she was ten, and she now lives and walks in the hills of South Wales. A few of her favourite things include swimming in the rain, cheesy fridge magnets, Chopin, dancing and diphthongs.

Find out more about Zillah Bethell

Winner

Wales Book of the Year 2022

Winner

Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2022

Shortlisted

Juniper Book Awards 2022

Shortlisted

The Diverse Book Awards 2022

Longlisted

Blue Peter Book Awards 2022

Longlisted

Big Book Awards 2022

Nominated

The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2022

Nominated

Lancashire School Library Fantastic Book Award 2022

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Above all, this is an exploration of grief and it has such wisdom that there are paragraphs worth copying to save and reread.

The Sunday Times, Children's Book of the Week

Thought-provoking, hopeful and full of atmosphere.

The Week Junior

Magnificent and beautiful

Sophie Anderson, author of The Girl Who Speaks Bear

I was blown away by it. A master storyteller with an adventure that will catapult children into wildness and wonder.

Abi Elphinstone, author of The Dreamsnatcher

The most incredible story.

Michelle Harrison, author of A Pinch of Magic

Teachers’ resources

Step into the enchanting world of The Shark Caller with cross-curricular activities, creative tasks, discussion points and extract based analysis. Ideal for KS2 and KS3.

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