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Capuzzo, Michael.
New York : Crown, 2003
IL 5-8, RL 6.5
ISBN 0375822313
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Close to Shore is a riveting adaptation of Capuzzo's adult book (with a similar title) about the 1916 occurrences of a rogue shark that traveled inland along a New Jersey creek, terrorizing residents of nearby towns. The brief but bloody career of this single juvenile Great White unfolds as he develops a taste for  Jersey swimmers and sends much of the Atlantic seaboard into a panic. The author moves from cultural history to shark physiology and psychology as he provides a look at early 20th century life and describes the shark’s origins and behavior. Photos, maps, and period newspaper clippings help to illustrate the text and provide authenticity. The graphic, suspenseful writing and realistic illustrations will hold the attention of anyone who is not too weak in the knees to endure it. Read Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916 for an exciting taste of nonfiction adventure! (Prepared by: Tami Huggins, SCASL Junior Book Awards)
SUBJECTS:     Shark attacks.
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