#SharkWeek- How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel #SharkNotes

9781402297588-PRI am excited to share my thoughts on How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel, book 2 in Jess Keating’s My Life Is a Zoo series.

Ten Things I Loved About the Book (and you will too)!

1. Ana Wright, the 12-year-old main character loves lists (and does not always stick to the number of entries she advertises- The Top Three Changes in My Life (4 listed))

2. It is written in the first person- and Ana is funny! (“From what I could tell, the miracle of life came with lots of…goo.”

3. Ana talks to us readers with lots of italics (almost as awesome as exclamation marks!)

4. Each chapter starts with some “animal wisdom” and Ana’s snarky take on it

5. Ana includes Creature Files on the people around her as she tries to figure out everybody, which includes their species name, kingdom, phylum, weight, natural habitat, feeds on, life span, and handling technique. What an insight into the ways that we all try to fit people into groups, maybe even more so as a middle schooler

6. Ana is so realistic (which is not to say that everyone lives in a literal zoo, but her thoughts, worries, adventures, could be the same as so many her age). Ana reminds me of so many people I know or did know, including myself

7. Ana is wise- she learns from her mistakes, but never in a preachy way

8. The book is about real issues that readers will identify with- growing up (kissing, shaving legs, “squat tests), fitting in, bullying, sibling rivalry, figuring out who you want to be, risk taking

9. The book definitely continues the series, but could also stand alone- not always true of series I love

10. The series will continue!

11. I got to be a part of #SharkWeek and you can too, if you buy/borrow the book NOW!

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