Shark Summer by Ira Marcks
Genre: Middle Grade Graphic Novel
Publishing Date: May 25, 2021
“Shark Summer is bursting with vibrant, expressive art….The characters are distinct and relatable…It’s a lovely read!”—Molly Knox Ostertag, author of the Witch Boy series
“Eloquently chronicled in Marcks’s cinematic panels, friendships are formed and repaired, parental relationships articulated, and inner conflicts expressed and resolved. A winning production.” —Kirkus
When a Hollywood film crew arrives on Martha’s Vineyard with a mechanical shark and a youth film contest boasting a huge cash prize, disgraced pitcher Gayle “Blue Streak” Briar sees a chance to turn a bad season into the best summer ever.
After recruiting aspiring cinematographer Elijah Jones and moody director Maddie Grey, Gayle and her crew set out to uncover the truth of the island’s own phantom shark and win the prize money. But these unlikely friends are about to discover what happens when you turn your camera toward the bad things lurking below the surface.
What a fun and exciting story! I actually did not expect to like this as much as I did. The storyline took on a darker twist to it that I did not see coming. I enjoyed mystery (Scooby-doo)/middle grade horror (Goosebumps shows and R.L. Stine books) as a child and this was very reminiscent of those. I can not help being drawn in to any story that involves sharks and mysteries because those are two of my favorite things. This novel is good for all ages… young and old alike. This is definitely one that earns a place on my shelves for sure.
About the Author:
Ira Marcks is a cartoonist living in Upstate New York with his wife, two cats, a dog, and lots of books he’s been meaning to read. His love for ancient magic and possible futures has led him to create a warehouse of esoteric objects for the Hugo Award-winning magazine Weird Tales and to tell stories about villainous technology for the European Research Council. Shark Summer is his debut graphic novel.
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