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by
Randy Wayne White

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Roaring Brook
ISBN
9781250244659
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The world’s shark population is in trouble for a sad, simple reason: shark fin soup. And although it’s illegal, poachers have been targeting Florida’s biannual migration of blacktip sharks.

Marine biologist Doc Ford needs assistance protecting the sharks and enlists the help of three kids—Luke, Maribel and Sabina. Luke is brand-new to Florida from the Midwest; sisters Maribel and Sabina recently arrived from Cuba—and all three feel like fish out of water. It’s going to take some convincing for them to work as a team and recognize in themselves the courage, wisdom and tenacity that Doc sees in them.

Together they form Sharks, Inc. and are given an important assignment: to set out each day on a small fishing boat in hopes of tagging sharks for Doc’s research—and to stay faraway from possible poachers in the area. The trio isn’t looking for trouble, but when they come face to face with danger, survival requires them to rely on each of their own unique gifts, and especially on one another.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Crime: General

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

320

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/3"

Dewey

F

AR

5: points 9

Lexile

690L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Aug 2020

Book Genres

Adventure, Mystery

Topics

Fishing. Sharks. Blacktip sharks. Florida. Poachers. Marine biology. Friendship. Mystery and detective stories.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Wright, author of the best-selling “Doc Ford” series for adults, makes his middle grade debut with this Florida adventure. Three kids, new to Florida, are recruited by Doc Ford to tag sharks. Sisters Maribel and Sabina escaped from Cuba and now live with their mom on a houseboat. Luke, a farm boy from Ohio, moved to Florida to live with his grandfather. They form the group Sharks, Incorporated. Luke, struck by lightning at the beginning of the story, suddenly develops heightened senses and can communicate with animals. He can also see people’s emotions as colors, which serves him well when the three stumble upon a band of poachers who have been killing sharks for shark-fin soup. If the kids survive the storm—and the poacher—they may end up with a $50,000 reward. Lots of details about boats and shark-tagging, plus a slow buildup to the real action, make this best suited to kids with a keen interest in sharks, or adult fans of the “Doc Ford” series who may enjoy the character cameos. Perhaps future installments will hold more of the promised adventure.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Wright, author of the best-selling “Doc Ford” series for adults, makes his middle grade debut with this Florida adventure. Three kids, new to Florida, are recruited by Doc Ford to tag sharks. Sisters Maribel and Sabina escaped from Cuba and now live with their mom on a houseboat. Luke, a farm boy from Ohio, moved to Florida to live with his grandfather. They form the group Sharks, Incorporated. Luke, struck by lightning at the beginning of the story, suddenly develops heightened senses and can communicate with animals. He can also see people’s emotions as colors, which serves him well when the three stumble upon a band of poachers who have been killing sharks for shark-fin soup. If the kids survive the storm—and the poacher—they may end up with a $50,000 reward. Lots of details about boats and shark-tagging, plus a slow buildup to the real action, make this best suited to kids with a keen interest in sharks, or adult fans of the “Doc Ford” series who may enjoy the character cameos. Perhaps future installments will hold more of the promised adventure.

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