Shark Week (July 23rd – 30th)

Every year, the Discovery Channel hosts Shark Week, a week-long block of shark-based programming. Here are some books to get you interested in sharks. You can also find lots of other shark books in the 597’s.

The Devil’s Teeth – Susan Casey
Journalist Susan Casey first saw the great white sharks of the Farallon Islands swirling around a small motorboat in a documentary. In a few months, she joined two biologists who bunk down during shark season each fall in the island’s one habitable building, a 135-year-old house spackled with lichen and gull guano.

Surrounded by Sharks – Michael Northrup
On the first day of vacation, thirteen-year-old Davey Tsering wakes up early, slips out of his family hotel room without telling anyone, and heads for the beach and a swim in the warm Floridian waters and a fateful meeting with a shark.

438 Days – Jonathan Franklin
The miraculous account of the man who survived alone and adrift at sea longer than anyone in recorded history.

The Shallows (DVD)
Nancy is surfing on a secluded beach, and finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy’s ingenuity, resourcefulness, and fortitude.

Top 10 Deadliest Sharks -Joe Brusha
In graphic novel format, presents general information about ten of the most dangerous sharks to humans, while emphasizing the relative rarity of shark attacks and the reasons behind them.

Shark Skin Suite – Tim Dorsey
When it comes to swimming with the sharks, there is no bigger kahuna than Serge Storms. Binging on a marathon of legal movies set in Florida, Serge finds his calling: the law

Sharks & Rays of the World – Doug Perrine
Examines the natural history and evolution of various species of sharks and rays, members of the same subclass, describing their physical characteristics, feeding, reproduction, human encounters, and more.

Against the Sun (DVD/Blu-Ray)
Three US Navy airmen crash land their torpedo bomber in the South Pacific and find themselves on a tiny life raft, surrounded by open ocean. Against incredible odds, these three virtual strangers must survive storms, sharks, starvation, and each other, as they try to sail more than a thousand miles to safety.

All is Lost (DVD/Blu-Ray)
An open-water thriller about one man’s battle for survival against the elements after his sailboat is destroyed at sea.

Hungry, Hungry Sharks – Joanna Cole
A simple discussion of the kinds of sharks and their behavior.

For more information, including details about upcoming shark programs, visit



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