How To Outswim A Shark Witout A Snorkel


It isn't easy being TV star Shep Foster's granddaughter; though Ana Wright (12) is on her way to being famous herself. She can't walk around the zoo without being recognized by her young fans (thanks to that crocodile presentation), which happens a lot more, now that its summer. There is a lot happening at the zoo. Grandpa is putting the finishing touches on the Marine Adventure Zone and he wants his "Ana Banana" to be the star of the shark tank! Just when she's getting used to the idea, she gets some bad news: Ashley the Sneerer is interning with the zoo this summer, too. Why is she here? What's her motive? This can't be good. Swimming with sharks is easy compared to navigating life and friendship.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Humor and great characters come together in this exceptional, laugh-out-loud story for preteens and teens. This is an excellent selection for reading aloud with mixed-age audiences.

Content Awareness Factors:


Parent Reaction

I knew nothing about How to Outrun a Crocodile, but I absolutely loved How to Outswim a Shark. Ana has a great voice, her family relationships are authentic, as is her journey of figuring out friendship. She has an equally authentic cast around her (except for her grandfather's supermodel girlfriend). The word "wholesome" kept coming to mind as I read it.

Type of Book:
This is the second book in the My Life is a Zoo series for young readers.
Educational Themes:

Ana shares lots of marine facts in every chapter, which offer a nice complement to the story [and are very fitting]. This is an excellent book for opening discussions with your middle school student or sharing in a book club. Discussion topics include assumptions and judging others, jealousy, friendship, family, and personal responsibility (to name a few).

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
11 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 to 13
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a book that will be handed around your family and shared with friends.

Title How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel
Author Jess Keating
Publisher Sourcebooks Jabberwocky © 2015
ISBN 9781402297588
Material Hard Cover
Cost $7.99
Genres Adventure, Family, Life Lessons, Growing Up
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