The Shark Girl Books

SHARK GIRL and FORMERLY, SHARK GIRL (Candlewick Press) by Kelly Bingham

Publisher's Weekly (starred review):  Written in a series of poems, letters and journal entries, Bingham's novel strikes a delicate balance between shock story and emotive rant, and delivers a provocative portrait of one girl's journey following a near-fatal accident. Powerful without being maudlin or preachy...readers will come to empathize with Jane for her strength and brutal honesty.



School Library Journal: (starred review.)  Jane, 15, is smart, good-looking, and the best artist in her school. After a shark attack at a local beach results in the amputation of her right arm, nothing is the same. Bingham's free-verse novel neatly accommodates the teen's loss; her dreams, anger, and frustration are explored as she tries to adjust to new circumstances.This engaging read will entice enthusiastic and reluctant readers; the drama of the shark attack will hook them, and Jane's inner journey will hold them till the end.

From KIRKUS: (starred review): An absorbing, genuine and uplifting tale of a strong girl making difficult decisions.


From BOOKLIST:  In lyrical yet easy-to-read free verse, Jane weighs art and nursing as career choices with purpose, struggles with the public perception of her as a heroine and role model, and relishes the feelings of first love.




Nominated for: 

BEST BOOK FOR Young Adults


The Schneider Family Book Award


The Golden Sower Award


The Truman Award


Rebecca Caudill Award


Black-Eyed Susan Award


Florida Teen Book Award


South Dakota Teen Book Award


WINNER:  Iowa Teen Choice Book Award


Z IS FOR MOOSE and CIRCLE, SQUARE, MOOSE (Harpercollins) by Kelly Bingham, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

Z IS FOR MOOSE:   Caldecott Medalist Paul O. Zelinsky illustrates Kelly Bingham's outrageously funny, critically acclaimed, and boundary-breaking story about a moose, a zebra, and the alphabet! Zebra wants to put on a show as simple as ABC, but Zebra's friend Moose has other (unexpected and hilarious) ideas!

MOOSE Received SIX five-star reviews!

"Just label it F for funny." --KIRKUS, starred review 


"...a witty meta-abecedary --PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY, starred review


"...Laugh-out-loud romp..." --BOOKLIST, starred review


"If you think you’ve seen every possible idea for an alphabet

 book played out, think again." --THE HORN BOOK, starred review


"Everybody will be elated by this..."  BCCB, starred review 


"Amusing alphabetical adventure."  School Library Journal, starred review 


CIRCLE, SQUARE, MOOSE:  Moose infiltrates a book about shapes and it is up to Zebra to restore order and save the day. Themes of friendship, exploration, and conflict resolution—and of course the concept of shapes--make this an ideal read-aloud for the elementary school classroom and for home!

Hilarious fun."  KIRKUS, starred review


"Wild fun."  PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY, starred review


"Madcap chicanery..." New York Times Review


"Moose is indeed a star!" --Booklist


"A fabulous encore"  --SHELF AWARENESS


"Be prepared to share this book again and again" --THE HORN BOOK


an American Library Association Notable Book


Winner of the Delaware Blue Hen Award!

Nominated for Georgia Children's Book Award!

Booklist Editor's Choice for Best Books!

Nominated for State Book Awards in Georgia and South Carolina.

BOTH books featured in the New York Times


BEST BOOKS of 2014 by Shelf Awareness

Winner of special award from The Horn Book

Nominated for the Grand Canyon Reader Award

Nominated for the Land of Enchantment Award

Oppenheim ToyPortfolio Award

One of BEST BOOKS OF 2014 by Kirkus

--A Bank Street Best Book of the Year

--Nominated for the UKLA Award

--Chosen by The Georgia Center for the Book as A Book All Young Georgians Should Read!

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