Like his father and grandfather before him, 14-year-old Tomás Torres dreams of catching a great shark in the Sea of Cortez and he will catch it, although there are other things he should be thinking about. With an education, her could someday become a marine biologist. Tomás's family want him to stay in school. But Tomás knows he will be more help to them if he leaves school now to become a fisherman. Should he drop out?
The choice is Tomás alone a difficult one for a boy just becoming a man. It is only underwater, in a confrontation with the fisherman's greatest prize and worst enemy, that Tomás finds the strength to make his decision.
|Publisher:||Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval|
|Product dimensions:||5.24(w) x 7.64(h) x 0.68(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Jean Craighead George wrote over one hundred books for children and young adults. Her novel Julie of the Wolves won the Newbery Medal in 1973, and she received a 1960 Newbery Honor for My Side of the Mountain. She continued to write acclaimed picture books that celebrate the natural world. Her other books with Wendell Minor include The Wolves Are Back; Luck; Everglades; Arctic Son; Morning, Noon, and Night; and Galapagos George.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Book Review Outline Book title and author: Shark Beneath the Reef by Jean Craighead George Title of review: Number of stars (1 to 5):4 Introduction This book is about a kid who hears about a shark killing many people in his hometown and he goes through many obstacles to try and kill the shark so the people of his village can go swimming. Description and summary of main points Ramon hears from people in the village that many people are getting killed by this shark. So he doesn't believe until one day one of his friends Tomas is swimming with him and a big shark kills him. So every day when he goes to the ocean he brings a spear with him and goes on a hunt to try to kill the shark. Evaluation I really liked the book because it had a lot of action. I liked how it had to with the ocean and how it really explained the landscape so it seemed liked you where there and you could picture everything in your mind. And you just wanted to keep reading the book because it you wanted to see if he actually killed the shark or if he gets killed. Conclusion Ramon hears from people in the village that many people are getting killed by this shark. So he doesn't believe until one day one of his friends Tomas is swimming with him and a big shark kills him. So every day when he goes to the ocean he brings a spear with him and goes on a hunt to try to kill the shark. And I really liked how it had so much action. I truly enjoyed the book and I hope that you end up reading the book because Im sure that you will like the book too.
The book The Shark Beneath the Reef is about a family in Baja California, and one of the kids in the family just finished 8th grade and has all summer to decide whether or not if he wants to continue school or become a fisherman with his grandpa and uncle. One day as Tomas (the kid) goes with his grandpa and uncle, he dives into a reef and looks at all of the wonderful sea creatures. On one of his dives, he sees a shark about ten feet long. He did not get a good look, but he believes that it is a whale shark. Around this time there are a lot of Japanese fishing company boats that are taking all of the fish which makes it hard for Tomas¿ to catch fish to make money fishing. Therefore, to help his family out he plans to try to catch the shark and sell it for a lot of money. Now will Tomas catch the shark, and will he become a fisherman or a marine biologist. Read and find out. Two things that I liked about the book is that it had a great plot and one of Tomas¿ friends José makes fireworks that are really big. Several things that I didn¿t like about the book is that it talked too much about their holidays and not about fishing, also it took too long to get to the exciting parts. In addition, I really did not like how it ended. I would recommend this book to people that like books about sharks or fish, and are patient readers.
It was very fun to read, and it opened my eyes to how a young poor boy saw his life and how he had to grow up fast.
This book is not very good at all. It is a boy who swims with sharks and that is ALL that is interesting. It is so dry, that I fell asleep during the fist page. Literally , which is pretty sad. It is not a book that I would recamend at all!
I am reading Shark Beneath the Rerf with my languge arts class and we are almost done with it. As I said before we are not yet finished, but right now I would rate it 2 stars. Another thing I said was that if you are into oceanography/sharks or even both you would really enjoy this book. It is about this boy named Tomas, and he swims with the sharks.