Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist

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Named a Best Children's Book of 2017 by Parents Magazine!

This is the story of a woman who dared to dive, defy, discover, and inspire. This is the story of Shark Lady.

Eugenie Clark fell in love with sharks from the first moment she saw them at the aquarium. She couldn't imagine anything more exciting than studying these graceful creatures. But Eugenie quickly discovered that many people believed sharks to be ugly and scary—and they didn't think women should be scientists.

Determined to prove them wrong, Eugenie devoted her life to learning about sharks. After earning several college degrees and making countless discoveries, Eugenie wrote herself into the history of science, earning the nickname "Shark Lady." Through her accomplishments, she taught the world that sharks were to be admired rather than feared and that women can do anything they set their minds to.

An inspiring story by critically acclaimed zoologist Jess Keating about finding the strength to discover truths that others aren't daring enough to see. Includes a timeline of Eugenie's life and many fin-tastic shark facts!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492642046
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 31,188
Product dimensions: 10.20(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

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

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Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
Eugenie love for sharks started at a young age. She began studying them and soon she was fascinated by them. While others were trying to direct Eugenie towards a more female dominate career, she already knew in her heart what she wanted to do. She wanted to study zoology. Discouraged by her college professors, Eugenie dove into her studies and was determined to get the degree she wanted. With her degree in hand, Eugenie was not finished, for there was work to do. Work that she was very successful in getting accomplished and paving herself a fine path in recognition. She was so successful that she earned the name, “Shark Lady.” Eugenie was a very brave and spirited woman who proved many people wrong and she lived out her dream. This book is very colorful and shows the life of Eugenie is a positive and dynamic way. It shows her determination, her fascination with sharks, her ambition and what she accomplished. There were a few pages in the back of the book with facts about sharks and there is also a timetable high-lightening the important events in her life. She was truly an important individual whose spirit brought forth some important discoveries to these underwater species.
Jenna Grodzicki More than 1 year ago
This biography is informative, inspiring, and enjoyable. It read like fiction. I had never heard of Eugenie Clark, but now I'm in awe of her fearlessness and accomplishments. This book prompted a discussion with my 9 year old daughter about the expectations of women and how that has changed over time. The extra tidbits of information and timeline of Eugenie's life at the end were the icing on the cake. Truly, a well-written and well researched book!
SchizanthusNerd More than 1 year ago
Shark Lady is the inspiring true story of Eugenie Clark, who I had never heard of but definitely need to learn more about. In this beautifully illustrated children’s book the reader is taken on a journey from when Eugenie first discovers her love of sharks at the aquarium through to her lifelong study of these magnificent animals, academically and in the field. Defying the cultural expectations of her gender that said girls were not “smart enough to be scientists or brave enough to explore the oceans” (BOO!), Eugenie did both and became known as Shark Lady (WOOHOO!). Throughout her life some of the amazing things she accomplished included writing books and journal articles, discovering new species of fish and dispelling myths about sharks. Included in this book are some Shark Bites (two pages of information about sharks) and a timeline of Eugenie’s life. Eugenie lived into her 90’s and spent her final birthday scuba diving! How cool is this lady?! Her story is inspirational and a testament to what hard work combined with believing in your dreams can amount to. I remember needing to do a report to the class in early high school where you chose an animal and talked about its biology. I chose sharks and no one could understand why. Ever since Bruce nearly scared the life out of me while watching Jaws as a young child I’ve been fascinated by these extraordinary creatures, so I particularly loved Eugenie’s story. Marta Álvarez Miguéns’ illustrations are so beautiful! I love that the marine life looks real, rather than a cartoon version of them and adored that the clothing worn by everyone at the aquarium when Eugenie was a child were appropriate for the early 1930’s, even including an array of fantastic hats. My favourite illustration is the one where the sharks watch from behind the library shelves as Eugenie studies. There are so many imaginative illustrations and they help bring the wonder and passion of this girl to life. I’d recommend this book to children and adults alike. Future scientists will be encouraged by her story and I hope after reading this book that anyone with a dream will be inspired to follow it, regardless of what anyone else thinks. This is one of those marvellous books that makes me so proud to be a woman. GIRL POWER! P.S. I love that my library buys books like this one!!!
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
This book is about one girl's dream and how she made it come true. Eugenie Clark always loved sharks, and she wanted to study them when she grew up. Despite many people discouraging her against following her dream, she studied hard and finally got to study sharks. She made many important discoveries about them and showed the world that sharks are smart animals. This book is both interesting and inspiring. It's written in a fun and engaging way. It's perfect for parents or teachers looking to share true stories with their children, but it's also a great read for anyone. It's not boring or preachy. The end has facts about sharks and a timeline of Eugenie's life. I really enjoy when there are additional resources in non-fiction books. It gives adults and older children more information on the topic if they're interesting. This book is a great read.
SeaReads More than 1 year ago
Little me loved, above all things, the water. I caught tadpoles and minnows bare-handed, dug up cool worms at the beach, and dreamed of dolphins and sea turtles. I always said I wanted to grow up to be a marine biologist. This is the book I wish someone had read to young me. Shark Lady, the next science-themed children's book from zoologist Jess Keating and Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, is everything you could want from a children's nonfiction book. It tells the story of Eugenie Clark, an inspiring researcher who revolutionized our understanding of sharks. Despite years of staring in awe at Shark Week programming, I had no idea about her prior to receiving this book. The erasure of the epic stories of women in science is all too common, but books like this one are going to be the cure. Keating takes us on a journey all the way from the indomitable Eugenie's childhood of being fascinated with sharks to the amazing discoveries she makes after years of hard work, proving she isn't the lesser of her male colleagues, despite their prejudices. The science in the book is interesting and accessible to children, and--even better--it's fun! I love that this book shows how the path of science led Clark to countless wonders and adventures. Illustrator Marta Álvarez Miguens brings that wonder and exploration to life with colorful, satisfying depictions. The swirling sharks and fish of young Eugenie's imagination are sure to delight any reader, and Miguens gets bonus points for including recognizable, accurate representation of some specific animal species, not just generic fish. The lookdowns are my personal favorite! Even putting aside her super scientist status, this book showed me that Eugenie Clark is a role model for all of us. Determined, hard working, and curious, Clark never quit on life; she even went scuba diving on her 92nd birthday! Thanks to Jess Keating, I have a new hero.