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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?

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About the Authors

Jeff Szpirglas is the author of several works for young people, including the horror collections Tales from Beyond the Brain and Tales from the Fringes of Fear. He is also the co-author, with Danielle Saint-Onge, of a number of Orca Echoes titles, including Shark Bait!, X Marks the Spot and Messy Miranda. Jeff has worked at CTV and was an editor at Chirp, Chickadee and Owl magazines. In his spare time, he teaches grade school. Jeff lives with his family in Kitchener, Ontario.

Danielle Saint-Onge is an early reading specialist for young students and also works as an abstract painter. Danielle is the co-author, with Jeff Szpirglas, of the Orca Echoes titles Messy Miranda, X Marks the Spot, Something's Fishy and Shark Bait! She lives with her family in Kitchener, Ontario.

DAVE WHAMOND is the award-winning author of several picture books including the Oddrey series, and a regular contributor to OWL and Chickadee magazines. His awards include the Blue Spruce, Silver Birch and Texas 2X2. He also has a syndicated cartoon strip called “Reality Check,” which appears daily in a number of North American newspapers. He lives in Calgary, Alberta.
Contributor Notes

Jeff Szpirglas and Danielle Saint-Onge are married, live together in Kitchener, Ontario, and teach in classrooms with students of diverse cultural backgrounds. Jeff has written several books and enjoys writing scary fiction like Tales from Beyond the Brain and Tales from the Fringes of Fear. Danielle has a master’s degree in social anthropology and is a crusader for equity in the classroom. Besides teaching, they spend their time writing stories and taking care of their twins.

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

“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

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

— School Library Journal (SLJ)

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