Book Reviews, Middle Grade Book Reviews, YA book reviews

The Shark Caller by Zillah Bethell – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Five Stars

RELEASE DATE:  July 2020

Format: Paperback

Pages: 400

Publisher: Usborne Books




Desperate to become a shark caller to avenge the death of her parents, Blue Wing is instead charged with befriending infuriating newcomer Maple. At first they are angry and out of sync with the island and each other. But when the tide breathes the promise of treasure, can they overcome their differences and brave the deadliest shark in the ocean?




Thank you so much to Usborne Books for sending me a copy of The Shark Caller, in exchange for an honest review!


Blue Wing lives with the islands local shark caller, after her parents died two years ago. She is desperate to become a shark caller and she’s after one shark in particular. But tradition dictates girls can’t learn the shark caller ways.

When an American comes to study coral, and brings his insufferable daughter with him, Blue Wing is outraged to discover not only have they been put up in her family’s home, she is now expected  to show the grumpy and rude Maple around town.  As the girls get to know each other, Blue Wing realises that she and Maple have some things in common, and maybe they’re both just trying to  cope with their grief in their own ways.

The Shark Caller walks the line between middle grade and YA perfectly.  It is equally at home in either classification.  A tale of grief, friendship and acceptance – both of circumstances and cultures different to your own.

This was a beautiful story, with several lovely messages and an incredible conclusion, that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone!



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