Shark Beneath the Reef

Jean Craighead George, Author HarperCollins Publishers $13.95 (182p) ISBN 978-0-06-021992-5
The troubles of a small family fishing business provide the impetus for George's latest, evocative book. Her descriptions of wildlife and landscape shine more brightly than the plot; nonetheless, the story is among her most suspenseful. Tomas, 14, the innocent, imaginative hero, faces a difficult choice: should he leave school to fish for the rest of his life beside the men of his family, or go on to high school? While he vacillates, he targets a giant shark that has been lingering in the shallows where he swims--a killer he mistakes for a harmless whale shark. This pair of dangers--the shark and the volatile future--will keep readers in genuine doubt as to Tomas's fate. Will corruption and competition bring an end to his way of life? Despite some problems with pacing and a rather forced ending, George's book offers a sensitive portrayal of social change and its effect on a young person's dreams. Ages 12-up. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 04/01/1989
Release date: 04/01/1989
Hardcover - 182 pages - 978-0-06-021993-2
Prebound-Glued - 192 pages - 978-0-8335-7285-1
Prebound-Sewn - 182 pages - 978-0-8124-9707-6
Paperback - 192 pages - 978-0-06-440308-5
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-606-12513-0
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