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Julia and the Shark, by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

petalstorms's review

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adventurous challenging dark emotional funny hopeful informative inspiring reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

tamarareads's review

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emotional hopeful inspiring reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

charlottesomewhere's review

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adventurous challenging emotional hopeful reflective
The most gorgeous book. I loved the setting, the search for the shark, the exploration of mental health and the impact on Julia and her family. Another absolute stunning story from Kiran and I adored Tom's illustrations. A new favourite. 

tigerlilliereads's review

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adventurous dark emotional hopeful informative reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0

I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.

So I have been hearing so much about this book and seeing it everywhere! After my favourite this year I had to pick this one up, plus the illustrations and the cover are irresistible.

This book is about a girl called Julia and her family who move over the summer to Unst, in the Shetland Islands. Her mum is on a mission to find a Greenland shark and her dad has a got a job fixing the light in the lighthouse they are temporarily living in. Whilst there Julia befriends a boy called Kin in the village and begins to learn about space, as well as the ocean. 

Now this book was utterly beautiful, enchanting and heartbreaking all at the same time. The illustrations and poems add to a very magical read that talks about some really difficult topics. I don’t have much to say because it is still so fresh in my mind. But I was gripped throughout, this story had moments where your heart felt like it was falling, the books does such a great job at making you feel all the emotional of the characters and the atmosphere of the island. You are so draw into the story that the real world dissolves around you.


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samskie88's review

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adventurous emotional informative medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

acascadeofbooks's review

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adventurous emotional hopeful inspiring reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0

bellisdoesbooks's review

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emotional medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

5.0

annabroomfield's review

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emotional fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes

5.0

lily7's review

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adventurous emotional hopeful mysterious reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5


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anonymousreader's review

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adventurous emotional hopeful inspiring mysterious reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

4.0