|Fins (Sharks Inc.)|
Author: White, Randy Wayne
A middle-grade novel about three kids that are hired to tag sharks by a Florida marine biologist.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.00
Points: 9.0 Quiz: 508908
Kirkus Reviews (02/01/20)
School Library Journal (03/20/20)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 03/15/2020 In the first of the new Sharks Incorporated series, Doc Ford (of the adult Doc Ford series) recruits some preteens to assist with his shark research. Luke has just relocated to Florida after his mom’s death, while sisters Maribel and Sabina have emigrated from Cuba. The three learn how to tag sharks, an important task since the shark population faces poachers who want their fins for soup. When Sabina, seeking attention, lies about seeing poachers and the kids appear on the local news, they are put in danger, as the bad guys think the kids are witnesses to their illegal behavior. White’s knowledge of fishing and the environment comes across in the technical aspects of the story; however, some suspension of disbelief may be necessary to be OK with preteens taking a boat out alone to tag sharks. White does a good job writing diverse, relatable characters. Luke, struck by lightning before the book opens, develops synesthesia, while Sabina struggles with her English skills. Give to readers looking for science-based mysteries. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 03/20/2020 Gr 4–6—Wright, author of the best-selling "Doc Ford" series for adults, makes his middle grade debut with this Florida adventure. Three kids, new to Florida, are recruited by Doc Ford to tag sharks. Sisters Maribel and Sabina escaped from Cuba and now live with their mom on a houseboat. Luke, a farm boy from Ohio, moved to Florida to live with his grandfather. They form the group Sharks, Incorporated. Luke, struck by lightning at the beginning of the story, suddenly develops heightened senses and can communicate with animals. He can also see people's emotions as colors, which serves him well when the three stumble upon a band of poachers who have been killing sharks for shark-fin soup. If the kids survive the storm—and the poacher—they may end up with a $50,000 reward. VERDICT Lots of details about boats and shark-tagging, plus a slow buildup to the real action, make this best suited to kids with a keen interest in sharks, or adult fans of the "Doc Ford" series who may enjoy the character cameos. Perhaps future installments will hold more of the promised adventure.—Laurie Slagenwhite Walters, Brighton District Library, Brighton, MI - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 03/15/2020 - Copyright 2020 Booklist.