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Sarah and the Big Wave



by
Bonnie Tsui
illustrated by
Sophie Diao

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Henry Holt and Company, Inc.
ISBN
9781250239488
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This stunning nonfiction picture book tells the inspiring story of Sarah Gerhardt, one of the first female big-wave surfers.

Have you ever seen a big wave? One that's 20, 30, 40, even 50 feet tall? Here's a better question: would you ever surfa big wave? Sarah Gerhardt did—and this is her story.

Full of thrills and scientific facts, Sarah and the Big Wave is about the first woman to surf Mavericks, a break known as "Mount Everest meets Niagara Falls." This tale of adventure and indomitable spirit will appeal to fans of Counting on Katherine and The Shark Lady.“Milestones in the History of Women and Surfing.” Full-color illustrations were created digitally.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

34

Trim Size

11" x 8 1/2"

Dewey

B

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Oct 2021

Book Genres

Sports, Picture Book

Topics

Sarah Gerhardt (1974– ). Women surfers. Sports and recreation. Hawaii. California. Oceans. Water sports.

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Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Tsui’s picture-book debut introduces young readers to Sarah Gerhardt, a pioneering figure in modern women’s surfing. The text opens in 1999 with Gerhardt facing her first massive Mavericks wave (so named for the waves’ location, a surf break in northern California) and then jumps back in time to her childhood in Hawaii when women were not encouraged to surf, and surfing equipment for girls was not even available. The text is mostly very immediate and focused on Gerhardt’s feelings and experiences, but it does take several digressions to give information on wave formation and size. Diao’s expansive, breathtaking art is the showstopper here, with several spreads and one spectacular gatefold giving readers an idea of the size of the waves Gerhardt is surfing. The ocean in the illustrations shifts from glass green and inviting to stormy and intimidating, making the waves almost their own personified character. The timeline of women in surfing history is the only back matter; readers may find themselves left with unanswered questions and looking for more information about Gerhardt’s feats. LAURA KOENIG

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Tsui’s picture-book debut introduces young readers to Sarah Gerhardt, a pioneering figure in modern women’s surfing. The text opens in 1999 with Gerhardt facing her first massive Mavericks wave (so named for the waves’ location, a surf break in northern California) and then jumps back in time to her childhood in Hawaii when women were not encouraged to surf, and surfing equipment for girls was not even available. The text is mostly very immediate and focused on Gerhardt’s feelings and experiences, but it does take several digressions to give information on wave formation and size. Diao’s expansive, breathtaking art is the showstopper here, with several spreads and one spectacular gatefold giving readers an idea of the size of the waves Gerhardt is surfing. The ocean in the illustrations shifts from glass green and inviting to stormy and intimidating, making the waves almost their own personified character. The timeline of women in surfing history is the only back matter; readers may find themselves left with unanswered questions and looking for more information about Gerhardt’s feats. LAURA KOENIG

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