Monday, May 19, 2014

The Shark Whisperer (Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians) by Ellen Prager (Author), Antonio Javier Caparo (Illustrator) [Review & Giveaway]


About the book: After his most klutzy move ever, falling into a pool of sharks, things for Tristan Hunt begin to look up. Tristan is invited to an ocean-themed summer camp in the Florida Keys where he discovers that he and the other young teens there have very special and rare talents when it comes to the ocean. After the camp receives a distress call from ocean animals, Tristan and his new friends get pulled into a daring rescue in the Bahamas. With the help of sharks, dolphins, a quick-escape artist octopus, and some seabird bombers, the campers must use their young talents in an attempt to outwit an evil shark-finning, reef-blasting billionaire.

Review: This is a really good book. The first in a new series, The Shark Whisperer is fun, quirky, and educational all at the same time. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and found them very relatable to teens today. What teen wouldn’t want to swim with sharks without getting eaten!

The author, Ellen Prager, is a marine scientist and was the chief scientist at the world’s only undersea research station located in the Florida Keys. Her ability to weave “science” throughout the storyline is awesome and not all boring. The target reading age of 9 to 12 years for this book is spot on. I could easily see a teacher reading this to a younger age class and the kids enjoying it just as much. The Shark Whisperer is a fantasy book, but a really good one. I look forward to the next book release in this series!


GIVEAWAY: The kind folks at Scarletta have generously provided a copy of this same book for one of Chat With Vera's readers to win. So use the entry form below and let's see who gets a neat book. Begins May 17 & ENDS June 10 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT. Open to those at USA addresses only.
DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of The Shark Whisperer was provided in exchange for this review. Reviews expressed are solely those of the reviewer. No compensation was received for this review.

33 comments:

  1. I live in a neighborhood of older people. It is so quiet. Today was so beautiful. People were working on their yards.

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  2. I love all the awesome types of creatures. Strange things.

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  3. What I love about the beach or the ocean is just how beautiful the scene is, and how much fun it is to go along and find some pretty shells.

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  4. It is a lovely day in my neighborhood because the sun is shining and all of my flowers are blooming in beautiful colors.

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  5. In my case, what I like about the beach is sort of an unfair question, as I live a block from the ocean and visit the beach daily with my dog Tidbit. I guess what I like best is that I'm in a rural area in the Florida Panhandle and I rarely see another human being when we walk the beach!

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  7. My dog Tidbit and I just came in from a walk in the neighborhood and we met the new family that just moved in a few doors away ... lovely young couple, 2 kids, and a tiny dog. Tidbit wasn't thrilled about the dog but she was nice, for a change, ha!

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  8. I love to walk along the Oregon beaches. It is peaceful and beautiful!

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  10. Lovely day in my neighborhood. We have ravens nesting in a nearby tree and the adults come to our birdbath many times a day!

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  11. We had lots of storms last night. Now everything is drying out and it sunny.
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    Merry

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  12. I love just playing in the water!

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  13. I love taking pictures of my kids at the ocean!

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  14. I'm excited about this series. Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday! Looking forward to seeing you again this week!
    Tina

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  15. It is a gorgeous day out today and we are going to try and hit some garage sales and get some books for the kids! We are gearing up for next year.

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  16. I love going to the ocean because I like to hear the waves slap against the sand and I like to see the beautiful stretch of water for miles and miles out.

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  17. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway and the work you do

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  18. It's a place to unwind, throw your cares out into the sea, make some moments, sit and contemplate on what's important, any of those things. You leave refreshed.
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  19. I love the shells and the seagulls flying in the sky and the waves
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    Merry

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  20. I used to spend every summer at the beach, and in the ocean! So yes!

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  21. I love letting the waves wash over my feet.

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  22. I enjoyed the spending the day with my daughter today. We had a lot of fun together.

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  23. What I love about the ocean or beach is looking at the beauty GOD has made for us to see. Also a place to look for many kinds of shells. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com

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  24. I love how peaceful the ocean makes me feel
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  25. My favorite thing about the ocean is that when you look at it, you can help but realize how amazing God is.

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  26. Today in the neighborhood it is quiet...everyone is awaiting the storm.

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  28. I love the warm sand and relaxing atmosphere.

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