“An absorbing, genuine, and uplifting tale of a strong girl making difficult decisions.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

It’s been a year since the shark attack that took Jane’s arm, and with it, everything she used to take for granted. Her dream of becoming an artist is on the line, and everything now seems elusive, including her gorgeous, kind tutor, Max Shannon. Formerly Shark Girl picks up where Kelly Bingham’s artful, honest debut novel left off, following Jane as she deals with a career choice, family changes, and her first real romance.


Kelly Bingham is the author of the award-winning novel Shark Girl as well as acclaimed picture book Z Is for Moose, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky. About Formerly Shark Girl, she says, "I never thought about writing a sequel to Shark Girl. But over the years, so many reader have written and asked me about Jane. Did she ever go back and see Max again? Did she ever go back to the ocean? Did she choose to be a nurse or an artist? They asked such good questions that I began to winder about them myself." Kelly Bingham has an MFA in writing for children and yound adults from Vermont College. She lives in Ellijay, Georgia.


The verse format and first person narration make this a personal and easy to read story for adolescent readers. Recommended!


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