{The Shark Attacks of 1916: Lauren Tarshis}The Shark Attacks of 1916 by Lauren Tarshis
Series: I Survived
Published by Scholastic Press on September 1, 2010
Genres: Adventure, Childrens, Historical Fiction, Middle School
Pages: 112
Format: Paperback
Source: Store Bought
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{Synopsis} – Based on true events! It’s the summer of 1916 and the Jersey shore is being terrorized by a Great White shark. Can 10-year-old Chet and his friends survive a swim in the local creek?
Chet Roscow is finally feeling at home in Elm Hills, New Jersey. He has a job with his uncle Jerry at the local diner, three great friends, and the perfect summertime destination: cool, refreshing Matawan Creek.

But Chet’s summer is interrupted by shocking news. A great white shark has been attacking swimmers along the Jersey shore, not far from Elm Hills. Everyone in town is talking about it. So when Chet sees something in the creek, he’s sure it’s his imagination. . . until he comes face-to-face with a bloodthirsty shark!

{My thoughts} – Chet is a young boy that has been forced to move around a lot. His dad seems to have problems settling down in one place. He also seems to be under the impression that moving around until you find a means of striking it rich is the best way to raise a family.

His mom doesn’t seem to be bothered by it all. She fully supports his dad’s solutions to making money for the family to survive.

This last time his dad decided to pack up and move to California. Chet didn’t go with, instead he stayed with his uncle. He’d managed to make a handful of friends and leaning that a certain girl in his class really liked him.

Chet and his friends each pull pranks on each other as a means to pass the time. The first prank his friends do is pretend to be a shark. Chet doesn’t like the prank or the outcome nor does he fully understand it until his uncle explains it to him. After that Chet decides to get even. He pulls an epic prank and it causes his friends to get really mad and angry to the point they stop talking.

A few days after Chet goes down to the creek to try and make right with his friends. While he is swimming he had a run in with the shark. He goes to town and explains to everyone what he’s seen, no one believes him until he talks to an old boating captain.

Chet goes back to the creek and his buddies are there playing in the water. He yells to them to get out but they ignore him thinking it another prank. Eventually the shark shows up and the boys start to see things much more differently.

His buddies end up having to save him from the shark, however, that isn’t until after a chunk of his thigh was bitten off. Chet ends up in the hospital but at least he survived. So many others dies from the attacks.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.