A beautifully illustrated biography of Eugenie Clark, a scientist as impressive as the sharks she studied At nine years old, Eugenie Clark developed an unexpected passion for sharks after a visit to the Battery Park Aquarium in New York City. At the time, sharks were seen as mindless killing machines, but Eugenie knew better and set out to prove it. Despite many obstacles in her path, including trying to break into the scientific field as a woman, Eugenie was able to study the creatures she loved so much. From her many discoveries to the shark-related myths she dispelled, Eugenie’s wide scientific contributions led to the well-earned nickname “Shark Lady,” as she become a fixture in the world of ocean conservation and shark research.
I always love a good biographical children’s book. It was so fun to read about Eugenie Clark and her exploration of sharks. My boys are afraid of sharks but this book definitely helps clear up myths about sharks being scary and dangerous. To top it off, one can’t come away from this book without wanting to go after their dreams! It is very inspiring to see what criticism Eugenie overcame and to see that she made her own dreams come true. And she did it lived those dreams it until the very end – going scuba diving at age 92!
As an author and zoologist, Jess Keating has tickled a shark, lost a staring contest against an octopus, and been a victim to the dreaded paper cut. She lives in Ontario, Canada, where she spends most of her time writing books for adventurous and funny kids. Her first fiction novel How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied received a Starred Review from Kirkus and has been nominated for a Red Maple award. Visit her online at jesskeating.com.
Marta Álvarez is an author and children´s book illustrator living in A Coruña, Spain.
She graduated in Psychology from the University of Santiago de Compostela in 2001, however her real passion was always drawing doodles in the margins of the notebooks.
Marta debuts in 2002 writing and illustrating her first picture book “¡Cómo está o galiñeiro!” published by Xerais. Since then, she has worked for several Spanish and international publishing houses.
In 2007 her artwork was selected and exhibited at the Bratislava Biennial of Illustration (BIB). She illustrated “Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean´s Most Fearless Scientist”, which was named one of the Best Children´s Books of 2017 by Parents Magazine, and won the Blue Spruce Award in 2018. She also painted the funny and charming illustrations of “What is Poo?”, which won the Silver Award at the Junior Design Awards 2017.
Marta Álvarez is a member of the Galician Illustrators Association (AGPI).