- Craig Graziano
The old sign said, "NO SW MM NG," but Davey just wanted to dip his feet in. He had no idea that he would soon be Surrounded by Sharks!
Sleep was impossible. The stuffy, crowded hotel room also housed Davey's parents and his younger brother Brando, who just let out a silent-but-deadly stinker. Davey was at his wits' end.
Ditching his family without leaving a note was not like Davey. The only adventures he had gone on lately were the fantasies of J.R.R. Tolkien, but he had to escape. At least he could kill time exploring the wonders of this Florida tourist trap for a little while.
He was only wading at the closed beach, but the tide rushed in lightning fast, and the waves were rough. Before he knew it, Davey was swept far out. The water was so clear he could see his feet and the little fish nibbling at his toes. There were even bigger shapes circling below, looking for much more than a mere nibble.
Michael Northrop's novel jumps in perspective to Brando as his family tries to track Davey down. It also tells the story of Drew, an English girl who might just be the last person who saw Davey alive.
Surrounded by Sharks is another solid tale of survival from Northrop. He has brought the suspense before with Trapped, where a group of teenagers find themselves stuck at their school while a week-long blizzard covers their town.
Teens looking for more shark books might want to try the Meg series, by Steve Alten. Meg is short for Megalodon, a 70-foot-long prehistoric shark. The supposedly extinct giant emerges from deep in the Pacific, and it's ready to feed. Those looking for a more factual book might enjoy Sharkopedia, which has tons of full-color pictures and fascinating bits of trivia!
Surrounded by Sharks is a great read for the end of the summer—since you won't want to go in the water again until next year!