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Summary

A captivating, powerful and luminous story from a best-selling, award-winning author about a mother, a daughter and the great Greenland shark. Narrated beautifully with atmospheric sound effects, this is a perfect audiobook for fans aged nine and older of David Almond and Frances Hardinge.

The shark was beneath my bed, growing large as the room, large as the lighthouse, rising from unfathomable depths until it ripped the whole island from its roots. The bed was a boat, the shark a tide, and it pulled me so far out to sea I was only a speck, a spot, a mote, a dying star in an unending sky....

Julia has followed her mum and dad to live on a remote island for the summer - her dad, for work; her mother, on a determined mission to find the elusive Greenland shark. But when her mother's obsession threatens to submerge them all, Julia finds herself on an adventure with dark depths and a lighthouse full of hope....

A beautiful, lyrical, uplifting story about a mother, a daughter and love - with timely themes of the importance of science and the environment.

©2021 Kiran Millwood Hargrave (P)2021 Orion Children's Books

Critic reviews

"A truly beautiful book, with text and illustrations in perfect harmony. A book to treasure!" (Jacqueline Wilson)

"Julia and the Shark is deep, beautiful and true. The art shines and the writing soars - a classic from cover to cover." (Eoin Colfer)

"A rich, immersive and wondrous journey, through deep darkness to hope and light." (Sophie Anderson, author of The House with Chicken Legs)

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Wonderful story

I really enjoyed this audiobook, I bought my daughter the book and wanted to listen to it beforehand just to make sure it was suitable and I've now pre-ordered her the next one too! Beautiful use of language and it covers some really important areas in a sensitive accessible way. Just Brilliant!

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Beautiful story

This is a story that will stay with me long after reading. A gentle story in many ways but with deep themes. The bleakness and beauty of nature, with family and friendship at the forefront.