The Shark Attacks of 1916

The Shark Attacks of 1916

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In July, 1916, Chet Roscow is fascinated by news accounts of the great white shark said to be attacking people along the New Jersey shore not far from his home, but when he goes swimming in Matawan Creek he discovers the truth of the stories.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic, c2010.
ISBN: 9780545206952
Branch Call Number: JF Tars
Characteristics: 87 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Dawson, Scott - Illustrator


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Jan 19, 2017

I survived/the shark attacks of 1916

In the book I survived/the shark attacks of 1916 there were 5 main characters, Uncle Jerry, Dewy, Chet, Sid and Monty. at the beginning Chet's friends showed him a newspaper at the diner saying about a shark attack. Then a captain told them a story when he saw a shark. his friends like to do pranks and the next day they did a prank on Chet. Chet asked Uncle Jerry what to do to get payback and he said to do a prank on them. So Chet did a prank and got his friends mad at him. A few days later he went to the creek and got hit by a shark in the creek! he told everyone that there was a shark but no one cared. When he went to warn his friends at the creek, the shark bit Chet while saving his friends. everything was a blur until he woke up at the hospital. After six days at the hospital his friends came in to tell him that they were sorry for being too harsh on Chet. I recommend this book because it is a long book (I like long books) and because it is a half mystery half adventure book. That is my little quick review of this book.

LibrLdyMapleValley Jan 23, 2015

The Shark Attacks of 1916 is a story based on actual events that took place along the Jersey shore during the summer. Apparently there was a widespread belief at the time that sharks would not attack people. They believed that sharks were "tame" and cowardly and if someone splashed around and startled them they would go away. Then in 1916 people were educated about the true wildness of one of Mother Nature's top predators. Four swimmers were killed that summer and several more were injured. This is the story of one of the survivors.
Chet Roscoe is living with his uncle in a small town that is 20 miles from the Atlantic Ocean that hot July of 1916. Why should they be worried about the newspaper articles they keep seeing about shark attacks along the Jersey shore? How could a shark get anywhere near their swimming hole? When Chet has a very close call with what is now thought to have been a bull shark he tries to convince the townsfolk that there's a giant shark in the creek but everyone just laughs it off. The only person who does believe Chet is the local old crank who most people believe to be crazy. Between the two of them they have to find a way to make people believe before it's too late.
This book is part of a newer series called I Survived and is written for the early chapter book audience. But it will also appeal to the upper elementary kids who may be struggling with reading. It has a great combination of high interest topics, accessible writing and an excellent author (Lauren Tarshis of Emma-Jean Lazarus fame).

Nov 11, 2013

I did a book report on it. My teacher saw my book report and thought it was exaggerated. Then, she read the book, and thought it was an amazing book!

vernessa7 Jul 05, 2013

to me this is a bit scary by michael

Apr 06, 2013

ive read all of lauren tarshis's books and i did a presentation on it.
quite interesting

JMP7 Sep 11, 2012

I read this with my sons. It's a great kids' book, interesting for adults, too. The "I Survived the Titanic" book by the same author is good, too.


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Jul 25, 2016

pink_rabbit_495 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

vernessa7 Jul 05, 2013

vernessa7 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over


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vernessa7 Jul 05, 2013

There was a shark attack in 1916 and this book talks about a boy who was injured but survived the attack.The boy's name was Chet. by michael


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