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#2: I Survived The Shark Attacks Of 1916
A few years ago, I read an amazing book called Close to Shore, about an incident I had never heard about: a series of shark attacks on the New Jersey shore in 1916, that ended with attacks in a CREEK miles from the ocean. This story fascinated me,especially the fact that back then people thought that sharks were “tame” and nobody believed a shark would ever attack a human. In my story, a boy named Chet Roscow comes to live with his Uncle Jerry, who runs a diner in a small New Jersey town. Chet is eager to make friends with a group of boys who swim at the local creek, and thrilled when they invite him to join them . . . until he comes fact to face with a ferocious man-eater. Strangely, researching the book didn’t make me afraid of sharks. They are incredible creatures and many species are endangered today.
Close to Shore, the Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916 by Philip Caputo
- See the (sort of) funny video for this book that Scholastic Book Fairs created
- Storyworks Behind the Scenes: Saving the Great White Monster
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