Book review: Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist, by Jess Keating, illustrations by Mara Alvarez Miguens

Keating, Jess. Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist. Illus. by Mara Alvarez Miguens. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. 2017. $17.99. unp. 978-1-3916-4104-6. Ages 4-7. P7Q6

Clark’s passionate interest in sharks at the age of nine developed into her study that shows these creatures as far more than mindless killing machines. The author debunks several myths about sharks, a timeline about the “Shark Lady,” and an “Author’s Note” about the importance of people following their dreams.

Verdict: The inspiring information is accompanied by uneven illustrations when sometimes detract from the book.

March 2017 review by Nel Ward.

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