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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 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. 


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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 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. 

30 review for Shark Summer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest SHARK SUMMER is super cute. In some ways, it reminds me of an edgier kids' adventure movie, like Monster House (2006) or Tower of Terror (1997). After the heroine, Gayle, suffers an arm injury that gets her off the team, summer at Martha's Vineyard seems pretty boring. Her mother is working double-shifts to cover her medical expenses, which means that their dream of opening a boutique ice cream store are put on ice until they have the ti Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest SHARK SUMMER is super cute. In some ways, it reminds me of an edgier kids' adventure movie, like Monster House (2006) or Tower of Terror (1997). After the heroine, Gayle, suffers an arm injury that gets her off the team, summer at Martha's Vineyard seems pretty boring. Her mother is working double-shifts to cover her medical expenses, which means that their dream of opening a boutique ice cream store are put on ice until they have the time and resources. While moping around, Gayle meets two other kids: Elijah and Maddie. Elijah is the son of a journalist and Maddie's parents are historians. Both of them are outcasts like her, and the three of them unexpectedly end up working together on a youth film festival project in order to win the prize money being put up (as a publicity stunt for a Hollywood-filmed movie that's clearly inspired by Jaws that's also being filmed in Martha's Vineyard concurrently). What you get with this book is some Scooby Doo-like chills-and-thrills, East Coast gothic vibes, some spooky history about cults and sharks, and an unexpected friendship. It was much darker than I was expecting, and may be too dark for really young readers, but for middle grade and up, I think this would be perfect. It really does remind me of some of those niche kids' horror movies I watched when I was young, and I think anyone who enjoyed Goosebumps or Eerie Indiana will love this. I'm always a huge fan of middle grade books that don't condescend to their young audiences and this is that. Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review! 3.5 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    Copy provided by Young Adult Books Central In this graphic novel, we meet Gayle, who has moved to Martha's Vineyard from Boston so that her mother can open up an ice cream store. She had been the star of her local soft ball team, until a bad play caused her to be injured and to be at odds with her new best friend, Alex. It's summer, and with her arm in a cast, Gayle is not in a good mood. Her mother, however is. There is a major feature film being produced in their seaside town, and her mother t Copy provided by Young Adult Books Central In this graphic novel, we meet Gayle, who has moved to Martha's Vineyard from Boston so that her mother can open up an ice cream store. She had been the star of her local soft ball team, until a bad play caused her to be injured and to be at odds with her new best friend, Alex. It's summer, and with her arm in a cast, Gayle is not in a good mood. Her mother, however is. There is a major feature film being produced in their seaside town, and her mother thinks she will get a small role in it that will pay well. While she is trying out, Gayle tries to paint their new storefront, but isn't having much luck. She does run into Elijah, the son of a reporter covering the filming, with whom she attended school in Boston. He is a budding cinematographer himself, and under the pretense of getting material for his father, asks Gayle to take him around the island. He has a moped, and the two cover a lot of ground. It turns out that Elijah's father doesn't pay a lot of attention to him, and Gayle's mother gives up the idea of opening her business for the chance to earn a decent income at the local hotel... where Elijah is staying and which is owned by Alex's mother. When Elijah finds out about a contest for young filmmakers with a large cash prize, he and Gayle want to enter, but struggle to find a topic for their film. Aided by a special effects guru working on the film and eventually by Alex and other friends, Gayle and Elijah investigate a local mystery that not everyone in town wants uncovered. Graphic novels sometimes don't have very involved plots, but there is plenty going on in Shark Summer. There's friend drama with Alex, a travel guide with Elijah, a historical mystery, and a new friend. Add movie special effects, family financial circumstances, and the fact that this seems to all take place in the mid 1970s when movie cameras took actual film, and it all adds up to an interesting graphic novel not unlike Michael Beil's Summer at Forsaken Lake, albeit on Martha's Vineyard instead of Lake Erie. Of course, the inclusion of a Jaws- like film will draw readers to this immediately, but the Atwood Terror, and the myriad reactions of the local residents to this historical figure being discussed gives this a deeper plotline. Even though the text is not super dense, the story is well developed, and we get a good feel for the town, the characters, and the importance of rapidly fading local history. Readers who like mysteries that delve into the past like Chalfoun's The Treasure of Maria Mamoun , Korman's Notorious, and Cummings' Trace will enjoy this graphic novel mystery, adn may even be motivated to go hunt down some elderberry ice cream to go along with it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amanda [Novel Addiction]

    Another book I don't remember requesting, but it ended up being a really good read. Another book I don't remember requesting, but it ended up being a really good read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Larakaa

    A very fun read. Had some Gravity Falls vibes to it. And the background story of the filmcrew creating Jaws was a neat extra

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Gayle and her single mother recently moved to Martha’s Vineyard from Boston to open a boutique ice cream store. Gayle, a star pitcher for a local softball team, breaks her arm during the championship and loses the game. Reeling with guilt at losing the game and inadvertently forcing her mom to take an additional job to pay hospital bills, Gayle joins budding cinematographer Elijah and bullied teen Maddie to film a movie for a contest with a $3,000 prize. They meet the production crew on a big-bu Gayle and her single mother recently moved to Martha’s Vineyard from Boston to open a boutique ice cream store. Gayle, a star pitcher for a local softball team, breaks her arm during the championship and loses the game. Reeling with guilt at losing the game and inadvertently forcing her mom to take an additional job to pay hospital bills, Gayle joins budding cinematographer Elijah and bullied teen Maddie to film a movie for a contest with a $3,000 prize. They meet the production crew on a big-budget shark movie that is filming on the island and discover a gruesome local legend based on a past tragedy. While this graphic novel is aimed at middle schoolers, it has a mature sensibility and an eerie “Goosebumps” vibe. Gayle, Maddie, and their families are white, and Elijah and his father are Black; characters are from various socioeconomic groups. Family ties are strong, and a queer romance is hinted at. Marcks has a distinctive art style, capturing characters in a cartoony, almost caricaturelike manner and conveying emotion well. His panels are small but easy to follow, with a soft purple hue that has narrative significance. Verdict: A bridge between simpler narratives and more mature content, this is a strong addition to graphic novel shelves, with appealing art and a strong story about friendship. I reviewed this book for the School Library Journal magazine and the review can be found here: https://www.slj.com/?reviewDetail=sha...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    What a great adventure! Gayle had led her team to the Championship but now, the star pitcher was nursing her wrist and reflecting back on that flyball that landed her in the emergency room. With her mother’s dream on hold, Gayle’s shoulders felt heavy with guilty. Her mother would now have to seek employment at a hotel and the doors to the Black Cat Creamery would stay shut. Gayle’s medical bills needed to be paid off before she could continue on with the store’s grand opening. I liked how honest What a great adventure! Gayle had led her team to the Championship but now, the star pitcher was nursing her wrist and reflecting back on that flyball that landed her in the emergency room. With her mother’s dream on hold, Gayle’s shoulders felt heavy with guilty. Her mother would now have to seek employment at a hotel and the doors to the Black Cat Creamery would stay shut. Gayle’s medical bills needed to be paid off before she could continue on with the store’s grand opening. I liked how honest Gayle’s mother was, how responsible Gayle felt and how Gayle wanted to help remedy the situation. Gayle being a teen, sees beyond herself while at the same time, she acts like a kid. When Gayle comes across a flyer for a contest, she’s determined to win the cash prize, and she begins putting in motion, what she has to do to get that accomplished. To win this contest, it’s not as easy as it first seems. In their effort to win, the small group discovers an old mystery which they attempt to solve………. There’s a lot of activity in this graphic novel. This being said, I think that they did a great job with the panels in this book. They provided a variety of sizes to keep the story interesting and to keep the story flowing smoothly. There’s just enough detail in the artwork and the color choice was on the darker side, which added to the mystery and drama of the story. I enjoyed how this new group of friends worked together also.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mehsi

    A summer that started off horrible will turn into something fun. Friendship, sharks, and cameras! So I had the pleasure of being part of the Blog Tour for this book, I even had an e-ARC. But I had to get my own copy to actually be able to read the book (which I definitely didn’t mind because what I could read was tons of fun). Because sadly, the e-ARC had the same problem many graphic novels on Netgalley have. Blurry text. Not doing single pages but double which squeezes everything together. Than A summer that started off horrible will turn into something fun. Friendship, sharks, and cameras! So I had the pleasure of being part of the Blog Tour for this book, I even had an e-ARC. But I had to get my own copy to actually be able to read the book (which I definitely didn’t mind because what I could read was tons of fun). Because sadly, the e-ARC had the same problem many graphic novels on Netgalley have. Blurry text. Not doing single pages but double which squeezes everything together. Thankfully Amazon had the book in stock and I quickly got it. And I immediately went to read it and WOW. This is going to be a bit chaotic of a review. Haha. I loved this book so much but my mind is a bit scrambled. So sorry in advance! In this one we meet Gayle who had the worst luck ever. Her season with baseball ended up terribly with her getting a broken arm and thus rendering her useless. There goes her summer of baseball. I felt for Gayle, she just moved, baseball is her whole life and then BOOM, injury and it’s over. Add to that this is America so have fun with debts (which still is totally fucked up to me) so other plans are also over as her mom has to work twice as hard to get money. So it was a bit doom/gloom at the beginning with a very unhappy Gayle, a summer that seemed to go nowhere… but thankfully the book gets much happier and the fun got back! Because there is a competition! Make a movie. Win tons of money. Thankfully, Gayle has a wonderful friend named Elijah who loves making movies. Together they search to make a movie and meet friends along the way. I really loved seeing this group of kids get closer. Because at first there was quite a bit of tension. Maddie is a bit weird of a character and it took me (and the rest of the kids) to get used to her strange ways. But boy, she could tell stories! I really had fun seeing the kids make their own movie, narrate, interview, and shoot beautiful scenes and have Elijah stitch it together to make something. But I also loved that we saw bits and pieces of the other movie (the big one from Hollywood) pop up at times. I love Jaws so it was fun to see all the props, see the robot shark. I wasn’t a fan of Lex, but I started to warm up to him as the story went on. He does have some more improving to do, but he is getting there. The ending, wow what a thrill! What a ride! I feel sad that this was their decision… but I could also understand why. The epilogue was such a nice addition and it had me smiling from ear to ear because it was just so sweet and heart-warming. The art? Love love love it. It is such a great style and I love the colours that were used. They fit so well with the mood, the summer vibes. All in all, I would highly recommend this book to all! Be sure to check this one out! Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  8. 5 out of 5

    Paige (pagebypaigebooks)

    I'd like to thank Turn the Page Tours for inviting me to be a part of their Shark Summer tour! Check out my blog post and instagram for a mood board I created for the book! I also posted this review on my Instagram and blog! Blog Tour Post Instagram Post I had a lot of fun reading this! The artwork was beautiful and I was definitely a fan of the colouring style. The setting had a great small town vibe that was reminiscent of summer. I enjoyed all the characters and thought that they each played a u I'd like to thank Turn the Page Tours for inviting me to be a part of their Shark Summer tour! Check out my blog post and instagram for a mood board I created for the book! I also posted this review on my Instagram and blog! Blog Tour Post Instagram Post I had a lot of fun reading this! The artwork was beautiful and I was definitely a fan of the colouring style. The setting had a great small town vibe that was reminiscent of summer. I enjoyed all the characters and thought that they each played a unique role in the story. I loved seeing their friendships develop and seeing how this helped each character grow. It was also realistic in that not all friendships are perfect and they need work and cooperation to flourish. The idea of making a home movie for a contest was very cute and made for a very interesting story as they travelled around the island and interviewed residents. The movie being shot on the island also gave insight into movie making and seeing one of the crew take the kids under their wing was very heart warming. I felt that the plot progressed at a good pace and had many twists. Overall this was a very enjoyable graphic novel that I think is perfect for the summer!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Dulaney

    Film-making, sharks, friend drama, and financial woes are all wrapped in a graphic novel format for middle grades to younger YA readers. Cartoonist Ira Marcks' panels have a slightly edgy look to them that will appeal to the older in the target age group, but with the appeal of sharks and a whole section on movie monsters, a wide array of readers will be racing to read this one. While the main characters are in junior high, Marcks keeps this book free of profanity, violence and sexual content an Film-making, sharks, friend drama, and financial woes are all wrapped in a graphic novel format for middle grades to younger YA readers. Cartoonist Ira Marcks' panels have a slightly edgy look to them that will appeal to the older in the target age group, but with the appeal of sharks and a whole section on movie monsters, a wide array of readers will be racing to read this one. While the main characters are in junior high, Marcks keeps this book free of profanity, violence and sexual content and the drama between friends and frenemies does not revolve around dating or other scenarios that might be considered too old for the more middle grade reader. Solid addition to any library's graphic novel collection. Thanks for the print ARC, Little and Brown and Amazon Vine!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    My 10 year old son got a signed copy of this book after the author did a Zoom talk with my son’s class. My son LOVED this book - loved the story, loved the art - and asked me to read it because he loved it so much. He would give this book 5 stars, which is good, because he’s the target audience. I wasn’t as crazy about the book - would give it 3 stars - so I split the difference to give it 4 stars.

  11. 4 out of 5

    kimreadsandreads

    I really try hard to read a variety of genres but I am such a mood reader that I sometimes get stuck in a rut and read the same thing repeatedly. That is one reason I was really glad that @tbrbeyondtours & @iramarcks gave me the opportunity to read and review Shark Summer a graphic novel by Ira Marcks. ⠀ I have a twelve year old step-grandson who I had in mind the whole time I was reading this. I think it is perfect for that middle-grade age group, girls or boys, but I enjoyed it as an adult too b I really try hard to read a variety of genres but I am such a mood reader that I sometimes get stuck in a rut and read the same thing repeatedly. That is one reason I was really glad that @tbrbeyondtours & @iramarcks gave me the opportunity to read and review Shark Summer a graphic novel by Ira Marcks. ⠀ I have a twelve year old step-grandson who I had in mind the whole time I was reading this. I think it is perfect for that middle-grade age group, girls or boys, but I enjoyed it as an adult too because it wasn’t written down to a lower level but had some solid plot themes and real depth. Yes- all that in a graphic novel! I also have a daughter who has always been obsessed with sharks and I could see her clearly as one of the characters in this book. ⠀ There is a mystery to solve and these kids are all about that, plus winning the prize money from the youth film contest would be nice too. I got some great Scooby-Doo vibes here, just a little bit darker and with a little more meat in the bones. ⠀ The artwork was great and the story fully entertained me. I am so glad I read this one and you will be too. It would be a great addition to your TBR. ⠀

  12. 4 out of 5

    Raven Black

    A friendship story, a family story and more. Things are bumpy but that's ok. Life is bumpy. When reality and movie magic fantasy come to this Scooby Gangs island, a lot is unmasked and healing can start. A friendship story, a family story and more. Things are bumpy but that's ok. Life is bumpy. When reality and movie magic fantasy come to this Scooby Gangs island, a lot is unmasked and healing can start.

  13. 5 out of 5

    DeAnne

    *I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. I didn't know a ton about this graphic novel going in but I was prepared for it to be a fun summer story, and it was! I really enjoyed the story as we followed Gayle as she navigated summer in Martha's Vineyard, made new friends, dealt with a movie crew on location and dove deep into an old legend. She was definitely a complex character with not only issues that a lot of teens face, but she's also having a crisis of identity du *I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. I didn't know a ton about this graphic novel going in but I was prepared for it to be a fun summer story, and it was! I really enjoyed the story as we followed Gayle as she navigated summer in Martha's Vineyard, made new friends, dealt with a movie crew on location and dove deep into an old legend. She was definitely a complex character with not only issues that a lot of teens face, but she's also having a crisis of identity due to what happened in her last baseball game, plus those she thought were her friends maybe aren't as good of friends as she thought. While the plot has lots of components to it, I felt they were all wrapped up really well by the end of the graphic novel.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Barksdale

    Perfect MG book about a summer adventure in a small town. Perfect for 3rd grade to MG readers.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jill Jemmett

    Gayle Briar was the pitcher on her softball team until she broke her arm. Now, her mother has moved them to Martha’s Vineyard because her mom has fond memories of spending the summers there when she was a kid. Their plan to open an ice cream stand is put on hold when her mom has to get a higher paying job to pay for Gayle’s hospital bills. Gayle explores the island and watches the filming of a shark movie. Gayle ends up finding Elijah, a young eager filmmaker, and Maddie, a local girl with a gho Gayle Briar was the pitcher on her softball team until she broke her arm. Now, her mother has moved them to Martha’s Vineyard because her mom has fond memories of spending the summers there when she was a kid. Their plan to open an ice cream stand is put on hold when her mom has to get a higher paying job to pay for Gayle’s hospital bills. Gayle explores the island and watches the filming of a shark movie. Gayle ends up finding Elijah, a young eager filmmaker, and Maddie, a local girl with a ghost story. The three of them make a shark film to enter into a film competition, but they end up uncovering an ancient island secret. This is the perfect summer read. Gayle had moved to Martha’s Vineyard, but since it was her first time spending the summer there, it was like she was on a vacation and learning about the island for the first time. Elijah was just in town for the season and Maddie had lived there all her life, but she was bullied by the local children. They were each outsiders in some way. The three of them made a good group to discover the island secrets. I love it when characters explore an ancient ghost story! Those stores about ghosts and hidden histories fascinated me as a kid. Maddie knew a ghost story and they used it as inspiration to make their film. What Gayle and Elijah didn’t know was that the ghost story was part of a deeper secret on the island. This secret reveal at the end of the story tied everything in together, and made the story feel complete. Shark Summer is a fun middle grade graphic novel for the summer! Thank you Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Candice Ryan

    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 on 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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Katja

    Beautiful and rich in atmosohere, with highly developed characters and interesting conflicts, this is a must-read for anyone interested in YA / middle grade graphic novels!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jodie "Bookish" Cook

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Book Review Title: Shark Summer by Ira Marcks Genre: Graphic Novel Rating: 4 Stars As many of my readers will know I don’t read comics and graphic novels that often but Shark Summer caught my eye with its beautiful cover and interesting premise. On thing I noticed straight away about this graphic novel was that the art style was super cute and really appealed to my tastes. The way the graphic novel is designed and the story itself really reminded me of later 2000’s kids movies that were slightly ed Book Review Title: Shark Summer by Ira Marcks Genre: Graphic Novel Rating: 4 Stars As many of my readers will know I don’t read comics and graphic novels that often but Shark Summer caught my eye with its beautiful cover and interesting premise. On thing I noticed straight away about this graphic novel was that the art style was super cute and really appealed to my tastes. The way the graphic novel is designed and the story itself really reminded me of later 2000’s kids movies that were slightly edgier, moving towards the teen genre like Monster House. We are introduced to Gayle who after breaking her arm gets to spend the summer at Martha’s Vineyard. Her mother is working extra hard in order to cover her medical expenses (America!) which means the dream of opening an ice cream store are put on hold for the time being. I really liked how the family dynamic was established early on and that some of the internal conflict came from things that ordinary people reading this novel can relate to like medical expenses. While Gayle mopes around as kids do she makes some new friends in the form of Elijah and Maddie. Both Elijah and Maddie are outcasts like Gayle which means they instantly bond and end up working together on a youth film project in order to win the prize money. Any horror movie fans like myself will be able to tell that the movie in this graphic novel is clearly inspired by Jaws if it wasn’t obviously from the cover then it soon becomes very easy to see in the story. The rest of the graphic novel is just following Gayle, Elijah and Maddie on this wild adventure that to me reminded me a little of Scooby-Doo mixed with some major gothic vibes, strange history about cults and the sharks themselves. Overall, I wasn’t expecting Shark Summer to be as dark as it turned out to be and I think depending on the reader this might be too dark for some younger readers. If you were fan of scary books like Goosebumps as a kid or enjoyed movies like Monster House then I would definitely recommend Shark Summer as it brought back all those creepy, nostalgic feelings for me and I really enjoyed it, however, I would recommend getting a physical copy rather than a digital one as the layout was strange to read on my kindle and I did have to go back once or twice as I felt that something was missing but it was probably a formatting issue.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Eli

    ***** A delightfully refreshing and interesting graphic novel story by a debut children's author & illustrator. After Gayle is sidelined from baseball after a painful accident, she makes the unlikeliest of friendships with Elijah and Maddie, outcasts of their own specialties. They live on Martha's Vinyard, which is having a film fest with a large cash prize - they set out to make a movie together about a haunting tale of the island, each with their own motive to win the big prize. I read a lot o ***** A delightfully refreshing and interesting graphic novel story by a debut children's author & illustrator. After Gayle is sidelined from baseball after a painful accident, she makes the unlikeliest of friendships with Elijah and Maddie, outcasts of their own specialties. They live on Martha's Vinyard, which is having a film fest with a large cash prize - they set out to make a movie together about a haunting tale of the island, each with their own motive to win the big prize. I read a lot of books and sometimes it is the same story or themes or even current events rehashed and remixed over and over. This is was a completely new story for me with lots of mystery and a great storyline! It is an awesome summer read for fans of comics and graphic novels.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    An entertaining yet mysterious beach read about a summer on the island where the bigwigs have come in to shoot a fancy movie yet Gayle is licking some wounds after a failed baseball season and the fact that her mom's dream of owning an ice cream shop has been traded out for housekeeping so Gayle has to find something to entertain herself this summer- and making a movie for a contest is the best way to do that. The distinctive style works so well with the bright coloring and characterizations. It An entertaining yet mysterious beach read about a summer on the island where the bigwigs have come in to shoot a fancy movie yet Gayle is licking some wounds after a failed baseball season and the fact that her mom's dream of owning an ice cream shop has been traded out for housekeeping so Gayle has to find something to entertain herself this summer- and making a movie for a contest is the best way to do that. The distinctive style works so well with the bright coloring and characterizations. It feels vibrant and fresh in both aspects with an added campyness that entertains.

  21. 5 out of 5

    emyrose8

    This is a fun summer graphic novel that takes a strange turn at the end. Still enjoyable though. You learn some things about filming too. Note- bullying, some gore, mild peril, ghostly things (magical realism)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Iris Ileana

    No. Felt incredibly long. The story was absolutely dull and to be quite honest felt extremely corny. There is something off putting about the bully always being protected by the bullied and that somehow changing their attitude completely. I definitely should have stopped reading.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lorie LovesBooks

    i really enjoyed this, it's a great read for summer. Only one part of the plot I did not like. The characters were interesting the stakes were high and the mystery was engaging. Illustrations were excellent I felt very much like I was at the beach, enjoying the cool breezes. i really enjoyed this, it's a great read for summer. Only one part of the plot I did not like. The characters were interesting the stakes were high and the mystery was engaging. Illustrations were excellent I felt very much like I was at the beach, enjoying the cool breezes.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Thank you Little Brown Young Readers (Hachette Book Group) courtesy of NetGalley and TBR and Beyond Tours for the eARC of the novel in exchange for an honest review. After Gayle breaks her arm ending her baseball season early, she finds herself creating a film with an aspiring cinematographer and Maddie, a misunderstood student. I absolutely enjoyed reading this graphic novel. I loved the Atwood Legend and it reminded me of one of my favorite cartoons growing up, Scooby Doo. My favorite character Thank you Little Brown Young Readers (Hachette Book Group) courtesy of NetGalley and TBR and Beyond Tours for the eARC of the novel in exchange for an honest review. After Gayle breaks her arm ending her baseball season early, she finds herself creating a film with an aspiring cinematographer and Maddie, a misunderstood student. I absolutely enjoyed reading this graphic novel. I loved the Atwood Legend and it reminded me of one of my favorite cartoons growing up, Scooby Doo. My favorite character would have to be Maddie Grey. I absolutely love that she lives in a lighthouse and spends a lot of time studying the history and the maps of the area. Although at the beginning she was teased and misunderstood, a great friendship grows between Gayle, Elijah, and Maddie. With mystery, friendship, family, and searching for stories, this graphic novel is a great pick for the summer. With the amazing pops of color, I hope you enjoy this graphic novel as much as I did!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Caitlyn

    This graphic novel was so cute and fun! I love how it was somewhat of a mystery and also just a fun summer adventure! The art style was absolutely gorgeous, my favorite part was the colors. I loved the scenes with lots of purples and blues 🔥 This was just a fun quick graphic novel, it was a fantastic pick me up that I pretty much read in one sitting. I recommend this for someone looking for an adventurous read about a town’s history and a mystery surrounding it following a group of new friends!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sundee Perkins

    I LOVE Jaws, and great white sharks, and sharks in general. I was so excited to find this gem. It's a great story about finding the story you want to tell, and the fact that it takes place in the summer that Jaws was being filmed. It also has a great ghost story with it (it's a two-fer! Ghosts, sharks, ghost sharks!). All in all, this was an awesome summer read. I LOVE Jaws, and great white sharks, and sharks in general. I was so excited to find this gem. It's a great story about finding the story you want to tell, and the fact that it takes place in the summer that Jaws was being filmed. It also has a great ghost story with it (it's a two-fer! Ghosts, sharks, ghost sharks!). All in all, this was an awesome summer read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Destiny

    This was fun. The art style fits perfectly for this story.

  28. 4 out of 5

    paperbacktomes

    You can read my full review here. Shark Summer is a perfect summer read with an absorbing story. It deals with friendship and family and a rookie film crew, who are quite good at searching stories. This book was twisty, thrilling, and mysterious. I recommend it to those who are looking for their next summer pick. This would definitely be one quick read that won’t leave you disappointed. (A big thanks to the TBRandBeyondTours and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and NetGalley for this copy. ) B You can read my full review here. Shark Summer is a perfect summer read with an absorbing story. It deals with friendship and family and a rookie film crew, who are quite good at searching stories. This book was twisty, thrilling, and mysterious. I recommend it to those who are looking for their next summer pick. This would definitely be one quick read that won’t leave you disappointed. (A big thanks to the TBRandBeyondTours and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and NetGalley for this copy. ) BLOG • INSTAGRAM • TWITTER • PINTEREST

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

    An edgy middle-grade graphic novel that is quite a fun summer read! Gayle has a pitching accident that ends up ruining her and her new teams chance at championships. She spends the beginning of summer completely bummed, friendless and moping around. Her and her mom are supposed to be opening up an ice cream shop (her moms dream) but due to Gayle’s accident, her mom has to take on work at the local hotel to pay off the hospital bills, putting the ice cream shop on an indefinite pause. Gayle finds An edgy middle-grade graphic novel that is quite a fun summer read! Gayle has a pitching accident that ends up ruining her and her new teams chance at championships. She spends the beginning of summer completely bummed, friendless and moping around. Her and her mom are supposed to be opening up an ice cream shop (her moms dream) but due to Gayle’s accident, her mom has to take on work at the local hotel to pay off the hospital bills, putting the ice cream shop on an indefinite pause. Gayle finds two unlikely friends and they end up working on a film together for a summer film festival with a cash prize; money that Gayle is hoping to win and help her mom with. The rag tag trio end up learning island stories about a shark cult, a naval captain and it’s quite the dark, mystery summer adventure where they ultimately realize what friendship truly is about. Not only is the story great, but I love the style of art and the colors. I also love the deaf representation seen in one of the parents. This is going to be the must-read middle-grade graphic novel of the summer!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Summer starts off on the wrong foot when star-pitcher Gayle breaks her wrist during the softball championship game. Gayle has moved from Boston to Martha’s Vineyard with her mom so her mom can open an ice cream shop. With money tight, her mom takes a job cleaning for the exclusive inn -- owned by her former teammate, now enemy’s mother. Elijah comes to town with his dad to follow the big budget production of a shark movie. (Hmmm, what movie could that be that features a great white named Bruce?) Summer starts off on the wrong foot when star-pitcher Gayle breaks her wrist during the softball championship game. Gayle has moved from Boston to Martha’s Vineyard with her mom so her mom can open an ice cream shop. With money tight, her mom takes a job cleaning for the exclusive inn -- owned by her former teammate, now enemy’s mother. Elijah comes to town with his dad to follow the big budget production of a shark movie. (Hmmm, what movie could that be that features a great white named Bruce?) Elijah convinces Gayle and the reclusive Maddie to join up to make their own movie -- and maybe win money in the film contest. They work to uncover a mystery but end up discovering more about friendship along the way.

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