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How To Outswim A Shark Without A Snorkel by Jess Keating


How To Outswim A Shark Without A Snorkel reminded me of why the younger me fostered a love of books and reading. I remember the days that I would prefer to cuddle with an intelligent book, rather than play “house” outside with my much younger cousins (oh, don’t worry, I still spent time reading outdoors in the heavenly tropical climate; and don’t get me wrong, books didn’t make me a complete bookworm, I still was able to foster up a sense of adventure and curiosity…which perhaps may have something to do with the oodles of books I read). 

But enough about me. Let’s talk about the Anapocalypse! Or, Ana Wright as she she is known in How To Outswim A Shark Without A Snorkel.  Ana is a twin…well, not the identical kind. Her brother Daz is the world’s biggest clown, and a “nutcase” in Ana’s opinion, and she can’t figure out how he’s falling for the world’s quietest girl. Love is so weird.

But How To Outswim A Shark Without A Snorkel is really about Ana’s summer living in the zoo (that her Grandpa partly funds). Did I mention that her grandpa really isn’t like any other grandfather? He’s different. Instead of playing chess and wearing old-timey knit sweaters like most grandpas, Ana’s grandpa follows dangerous animals on television and wears Hawaiian shirts. Plus, he’s also dating a supermodel / actress named Sugar. Even though Ana’s grandpa seems to be a total wackadoodle, she thinks he can be pretty fun. Which is why he’s building the new interactive shark tank at the zoo.

Back to Ana. She’s known unofficially as the crocodile girl at the zoo, and she especially likes giving the educational presentations like her mom (although that definitely took some getting used to). She’s trying to stand up for herself lately, although it’s a lot harder than it sounds. And, the latest hurdle is that she’s just been assigned to work in the shark tank with her worst enemy. Forget about the shark, Ashley is the ultimate predator.

Ana thinks that Ashley (or Sneerer as Ana likes to call her) is out to ruin her life. But then, Ana has a plan. This is her chance to adapt and prove to herself that she wasn’t destined to be fighting against her scaredy-cat ways forever. Bring it on summer!

Debut author, Jess Keating has put together a delightful blend of elements guaranteed to make How To Outswim A Shark Without A Snorkel a bona fide success with the younger generation. Not only does it combine smarts, mystery, nature and scientific discovery, all in one fun-filled, pitch perfect book, but it’s done with such humour and fascinating zoological facts.


“The blue whale is the loudest animal on earth, with a whistle that can be heard for hundreds of miles underwater.” ~ Animal Wisdom

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