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category: Children's Fiction
published: Apr 2021
publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Shark Bait!

by Jeff Szpirglas & Danielle Saint-Onge, illustrated by Dave Whamond

tagged: marine life, computers, environment

Shark-obsessed Orly spends every summer with her family on the coast.

This year her parents have signed her up for sailing lessons, hoping to teach her some water safety while they're busy with her baby brother. Orly is excited to be on the water, but she has other ideas about how she’s going to spend her time there: rather than learning to tie knots and batten down the hatches, she's going to use her tablet to track Delta, a great white shark known to frequent the area. Orly’s misplaced enthusiasm repeatedly gets her in hot water with her instructor. Can Orly redeem herself with her sailing crew when she has a chance to use her shark-tracking skills to save some actual wildlife in danger?

About the Authors

Jeff Szpirglas

Danielle Saint-Onge has a master's degree in social anthropology and is an advocate for equity in the classroom. She teaches in classrooms with students of diverse cultural backgrounds. Danielle is the co-author of Messy Miranda, X Marks the Spot and Something's Fishy all in the Orca Echoes line. Danielle lives in Kitchener, Ontario.

Dave Whamond is a writer, illustrator and cartoonist whose work bursts with energy and humor. He has written and/or illustrated over twenty-five books, and they have garnered many awards, including the Blue Spruce, other readers' choice awards and the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Best Illustrated Book. Dave lives in Calgary, Alberta, with his wife, two kids and a very enthusiastic dog.
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
6 to 8
1 to 3
Reading age:
6 to 8
  • Commended, BC Books for BC Schools
Editorial Reviews

“Readers who like realistic fiction, sharks, ocean science, and friendship stories will enjoy this pleasant title.”

— School Library Journal

“Will inspire young children to explore their passions and know they can make a difference and educate others, at any age. This illustrated early chapter book for emerging readers is the perfect choice for any child with a strong passion. Highly Recommended.”

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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