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Eugenia Clark, a famous ichthyologist, has explored the underwater world of many seas. She has dived with many sharks. Once she explored an underwater sharks' cave in México."There I was, face to face with one of the sea's most deadly denizens, in the most dangerous situation possible... and I'd never been more thrilled. It was an unforgettable moment in my life"....

Title : Shark Lady: True Adventures of Eugenie Clark
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ISBN : 9780590447713
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Number of Pages : 96 Pages
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Shark Lady: True Adventures of Eugenie Clark Reviews

  • Rod
    2019-04-28 04:57

    I bought this book at Goodwill when I was around nine years old. During the summer my dad and I made a trip to Goodwill at least once every couple of weeks or so, not because we were poor or because my dad was cheap, but because my dad was an antique dealer and he knew the manager and could get first dibs on donations of antique furniture. Now, this wasn't one of those Goodwills that are in depressing low-rent strip malls, right between the Dominican hair/nail/tanning salon and the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store that makes Goodwill look like Neiman Marcus. This was sort of a "flagship" Goodwill that was in the downtown historic district. It had a classic department store-type storefront with finely-dressed mannequins in the display windows, often brandishing the latest in 1950s vacuum cleaner or toaster oven technology (keep in mind that this was the late 1970s). Inside, it was much like an old-timey department store, except everything was second-hand. Upstairs (there was an elevator!) there were offices and a furniture showroom. Downstairs in the basement was my favorite: a large room packed to the rafters with books, books and more books, like a very cluttered, disorganized library. It was very quiet and dimly lit, and it seemed as if hardly anyone ever went down there except me, so I still wonder if it was a place where customers were usually allowed to go or if I was allowed the favor of going down there because my dad was friends with the manager (or perhaps because I was an annoying little pest, and this would conveniently keep me out of the way while the adults did business). The "librarian," or caretaker, was a fellow who seemed a bit slow, if not mentally challenged, or perhaps he was what might be diagnosed as autistic today. He looked a bit like Exidor from Mork & Mindy, actually, if that's not too obscure a reference. You know, this guy:He was quiet, not unfriendly, but not friendly either, and he didn't say much other than to tell me where certain types of books were located. He just sort of minded his own business. It was a little creepy being a little kid down there by myself with this guy, but I couldn't resist the allure of all those books. I quickly became comfortable down there with Exidor and learned that I had nothing to fear. Nowadays parents would probably freak out about something like that, but my dad never gave it a second thought, I'm sure. It was a more innocent time, etc., etc. Anyway, I bought a lot of books there--Tom Swift books and classic old Big Little Books with hard cardboard covers and color pictures; not the cheap, flimsy paperback black & white reprints like they sold at the grocery store--but this Eugenie Clark book is the one I most fondly remember. I loved it, getting completely immersed (ha ha) in the story of young Eugenie's fascination with aquatic life, beginning(at the same age that I was then) with a visit to the New York Aquarium, eventually blossoming into a career as one of the world's premier ichthyologists, specializing in sharks and poisonous fish. Cool stuff.After reading it I really had a crush on Eugenie Clark. As you can see she was pretty hot, even when measuring a shark from nose to dorsal fin with a pair of calipers. I would imagine us swimming in the ocean together fearlessly among schools of great whites; perhaps one would attack my pelagic miss and I would come to milady's rescue by repelling the beast with a stiff jab to its snout ("My hero!"). The crush lasted until I saw her on TV years later and realized that she was pretty old now. It never entirely went away, though. I ♥ you, Eugenie.

  • Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)
    2019-05-12 02:40

    I LOVED this book as a child. I read it until it fell to pieces and then I read the sections that remained. I used it as a how to, gathering road kill and placing it on ant hills and then boiling the bones to have my own skeletons. I had forgotten the title and author and had even forgotten the book entirely until I stumbled on a photo of the cover by complete accident. It was fantastic to get all those memories back. I no longer own my copy, so will have to buy another to share with my daughter.

  • Eduardo
    2019-05-11 06:34

    Personal Response: This book was really good. I liked it because it sucked me in from the beginning. I was reading this book and I though it was fiction. I was surprised when I found it was a biography. I also found Eugenie Clark's story very interesting. I liked following her life story starting when she was a kid to when she grew up. Plot:When Eugenie was little, she always liked to study fish. She wanted to learn everything about fish. She lived with her grandma, and when Eugenie did experiments, her grandma did not like it. She would cut the fish open to see what was on the inside. When Eugenie was growing up, she wanted to move to Florida because it was closer to the ocean. She wanted to be able to go in the water to see how fish lived. She wanted to get married, too. She married a doctor. She got pregnant and had a daughter. After she had her daughter, she was really nervous to be by the water again, because she had spent so much time away from it. She wanted to study sharks, so she built her own laboratory. She brought fish to her tanks. Her lab made her famous and her friends invited her to Japan to do research about sharks there. She discovered the sharks there were different than the ones in Florida. The ones in Japan spent more time in underwater caves. She did more research on why the sharks stayed in their caves more. a couple years later, she got divorced because their relationship was not going so well. Her new wish in life was to become a lab teacher at a school. She became a teacher and her students loved to ask her about fish. They wrote a book in honor of her called Shark Lady. Characterization:The main character was Eugenie Clark. Eugenie had a lot of friends because she was so nice. She studied a lot and worked really hard. The book shows her life from childhood to adulthood. It tells how she learned more. She changed throughout the story because she worked hard and became famous. Eugenie was also a good friend, because, in the end, she made her friend Dr. Heller the supervisor of her lab.Dr. Heller was another character. He was one of Eugenie's friends when she travelled to Japan. Dr. Heller was a good friend for Eugenie because they both liked sharks and were able to travel together. Impacts Of Setting:This book took place in Florida and Japan. It took place during 1972, during the summer and winter. They worked more during the summer, because they had to swim in the water to study the sharks. Thematic Connection:The theme of the story is, if you work hard, your dreams can come true. Eugenie worked hard, studied her whole life, and, in the end, was able to do what she always wanted to do.Recommendation:I recommend this book to all people who like to study fish and sharks. This book would be good for 10-16 year old boys and girls. I recommend this book to people who like to read non-fiction.

  • Nicholas Walters
    2019-05-17 05:50

    I read “Shark Lady” by Ann McGovern. This biography was very interesting. Eugenie Clark had plenty of dreams when she was young, and she wanted them to come true just like the rest of us. As a child, Eugenie went to the aquarium everyday waiting for her mom to get done with her newspaper stand. At the aquarium she saw new fish all the time and liked looking at everything she could. One day, she wanted fish of her own. Eugenie and her mom went and got her fish. She took good care of these fish and kept a record on them. She went to college to be ichthyologist. She worked for a famous ichthyologist and learned a lot from him. After she graduated, she got her doctorate degree. She was asked to start her own plantation in Florida where she and her assistant looked at different kinds of fish. She always wanted to swim with sharks. One day when she went diving, she saw a shark, and after that day all she wanted to do was study sharks. She learned a lot about them, and even found out they can learn just like us. When she got older, she still wanted to be a teacher, so she became a teacher at Maryland University. There she taught her class and during the summer she tried to figure out the mystery of sleeping sharks.Eugenie Clark is the main character. When she was young lived, she with her mom and her grandma. They didn’t like the idea of fish in the house, but Eugenie got them anyway. Eugenie marries a doctor who loves the idea of moving to Florida to live with their children. Eugenie had a new assistant in Florida named Beryl.Eugenie lived with her mom and grandma in New York most of her life until she moved with her family to Florida to start a new chapter in her life. After she had finished there, she still had the dream about being a teacher. She decided to teach in Maryland.The message in this story is to follow your dreams and never give up on them because you never know when something might go your way, and you have to be ready for the opportunity. If we keep working hard, we may be able to get the things we want. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good message. This book is not all about sharks. You have to look deeper into the book to understand the real meaning behind this. This book is very easy to read, and anyone can read and understand it.

  • Bailey Balistreire
    2019-05-23 03:42

    Personal ResponseI like this book because I like sharks and I learned a lot about them. Seeing someone else jump in the water and work with them is impressive. PlotEugenie went to China to meet the king and gave him a shark that did tricks. She also went to the Philippines to study sharks. Eugenie also went to Florida and started an aquarium. CharacterizationThe main character for this book is Eugenie Clark. At the beginning of this book Eugenie was suppose to stay home with her grandmother while her mom went shopping and also had to go to work but her grandmother was very sick and couldn't watch her. Eugenie's mom took her into the city, Eugenie's mother said work isn't a place for a 9 year old to be so she told Eugenie to go to the aquarium instead of being at her moms work. Eugenie became a famous diver and scientist around the world. She grew from being a kid sitting at her mother’s work to going to aquariums to become a famous diver and scientist.SettingThis book does not have a specific place. It takes place in areas that have oceans like Florida, China, and islands that weren't named. It talks about how sharks in most areas are alike. It aloud Eugenie Clark to explore different areas of the world. ThemeOne theme in this book is courage. Eugenie Clark as a lot of courage when it comes to discovering sharks and working with them. Being able to jump in the water to seek the sharks out and learn more about them takes a lot of courage. RecommendationI would say this book is for any age group because it teaches you about sharks and fish. The one age group I would recommend this book to is between 7th and 8th grade. The reason why I say those two age groups is because its easy reading for them and at those ages they know better then to go swim with the sharks. The gender I am going say that would read this book more is for boys because girls don't really like reading about sharks. It also tells you about this one fish that all big fish that eat other fish will not eat this one fish because it has this milky poison oozing out of it. Ratings I rate this book a 4 out of 5 because it was a good book and I think more people should read more books like this one because it tells you about real things in life and what people do for a living.

  • Joey
    2019-05-19 06:30

    “Shark Lady” is a really good book. I enjoyed it because it was interesting to see what Eugenie Clark was going to do. There were a lot of good parts in the book that almost made me keep reading. It’s an easy book to read little by little at a time because of how the chapters are broken up. When I wanted to stop you can stop at the end of a chapter and not forget where you need to start. Eugenie Clark was a little girl in the beginning of the book. Eugenie would always go downtown to the shark aquarium because her dream job was to work in an aquarium or become an ichthyologist. As a kid Eugenie would bring home dead animals to cut them up. If they weren’t dead animals she brought home it was live ones that she would add to her “home zoo”. She had plenty of fish, snakes, and even different types of frogs. Her grandma would always get upset when she brought home more animals. Eugenie Clark was the main character in the book. She started off being eight years old and by the end of the book she was divorced with her husband and had kids. Her “Mama” was another main character because Eugenie had to go everywhere with her when she was younger. When Mama had to go work Eugenie went to the aquarium across the road from her work. She would stay there all day and wait for her mom to finish with work. Eugenie’s grandma was another big character in the book because she was always grouching towards her about bringing animals home. The book took place in New York City. It also took place in modern times and downtown New York. Although her time in the book occurred over the span of years and years because she had kids. Eugenie was at the downtown aquarium most of the time or in her house working with the animals. She also was in a couple shark caves in the ocean trying to study sharks and to see if they do actually sleep. By then end of the book she visits a reed by the sharks and discovers that they do sleep.I would recommend this book to kids that know how to read. Kids that are at least in middle school would love to read this book because it’s easy and not that hard of a book. It includes pictures on a couple pages, and it’s easy to understand what’s going on.

  • Anthony
    2019-05-23 09:31

    I read “Shark Lady” by Ann McGovern. Eugenie Clark had dreams when she was young. As a little girl, Eugenie went to the aquarium every day waiting for her mom to get done with work. Then she got fish of her own. She took care of the fish and kept records on them. Then she went to college to be ichthyologist. After she graduated, she got a doctorate degree. She was given the opportunity to start her own aquarium in Florida. She studied sharks and fish. She learned a lot about them and even found out they can learn just like us. When she got older, she became a teacher at a university. Eugenie Clark is the main character. When she was young, she lived with her mom and her grandma. Eugenie married a doctor who loved the idea of moving to Florida to live with their children. Eugenie also had a assistant in Florida named Beryl.When Eugenie was a teen, she lived with her mom and grandma in New York most of her life until she moved with her husband and kids to Florida. Then she moved to Maryland where she would spend the rest of her life teaching at the university. The book did not say an exact year that it took place. It sounds like it was a few years back, because they were using the old style diving helmets.I personally gave this book four out of five stars. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes good biographies. This book is not all about sharks and fish. I would recommend this book to anyone at the high school level. This book is an easy read and anyone can read and understand it.

  • Camilla Severns
    2019-05-08 09:31

    This book was pretty interesting actually. I learned alot about Eugenie Clark, whom I've never heard of before now. It revitalizes my love and interest for sharks again. I would absolutely love to work with them, or study them. Eugenie has had quite a fulfilling life of diving with sharks, studying fish, and working in a lab. Apparently she's famous over in Japan, and has some famous friends who she has bonded with over their mutual love of the ocean and its inhabitants.If you have any kids who are interested in sharks, I really recommend this book, or if you're interested in people who work with sharks and want a quick, easy read.

  • Shadowlove3
    2019-05-17 08:34

    I remember reading this when I was little and it's still a nice little book for kids and the drawings are great.

  • Mayra
    2019-05-25 04:37

    I recently read & enjoyed Swimming with Sharks by Heather Lang, knowing I will be buying it for our school library. This being a picture book, I looked for something else with more information for the students who would want to know more about Eugenie Clark. My plans were to read Swimming with Sharks to the students and then quickly book-talk Shark Lady. First I had to read Shark Lady.What a good little book that is! It expands on the biography of Eugenie Clark and includes drawings. Excellent companion to Swimming with Sharks.

  • Stella
    2019-05-04 02:56

    I was terrified of water, sharks, and anything about the ocean. After reading this book, I am not so afraid of waters anymore. It was really interesting to follow Eugenie's story from her childhood to adulthood.

  • Kate Taelman
    2019-04-28 09:31

    My shark loving son and I read this book. I cannot say anything negative. I wish I could find more books like this. The book follows Eugienie Clark's life. It had many interesting facts and also very funny at parts.

  • Babs
    2019-05-25 09:37

    Easy informative read

  • Magaly
    2019-05-12 07:45

    I think this is a good book I recommend it. It's not good or bad if you into aquatic animals this is a good fit for you. Especially if your into sharks you also you get to learn so facts.

  • Steph
    2019-05-02 07:00

    Fascinating! LOVE that this is a not-too-long, very approachable, interesting nonfiction novel perfect for third and fourth graders. The information and story of the Shark Lady blew me away!

  • Emilee
    2019-05-19 03:38

    If only biographies were this good when I was a kid, I probably would have read more of them! What an inspiring woman!

  • C.
    2019-05-26 03:59

    I took pleasure in discovering Ann McGovern’s early age portrait of Abraham Lincoln. Canadians attend to our politics versus another country’s but enjoyment lied in wonderful lessons, about stick by stitch pioneer history. Life on the same continent would have unfolded with many similarities between us. As books designed for the youngest school pupils: there is no dense reading of a bulky tome but a storytelling excursion, with vivid images filling the mind. Highlighting the predominant facts, coupled with a style conveyed at a personal level, allows all of the details to stick with ease.I immediately snapped up Ann’s “Shark Lady: True Adventures Of Eugenie Clark”; which just happens to be illustrated by another favourite child’s author, Ruth Chew! The same ease, interest, and retention comes through with this biography. I hadn’t heard of Dr. Clark nor the word “ichthyologist”, scientist of sharks and enjoyed this personal snapshot too. I hovered at four stars because some captive animal experimentation and dissection (although likely deceased already) weren’t to my taste. However that was one portion amidst the plethora of inroads and accomplishments achieved. We learn how Eugenie first encountered aquatic life and her passion for them. It was as haphazard as her Mother needing to bring her to New York one week-end while she went to work. An aquarium provided the direction of her future and it’s lovely seeing reviewers say this book inspired them; eminent scientists too.I haven’t read literature since this 1978 account and wonder what became of the study that intrigued me. Eugenie was called to underwater caves that appeared to act as a sleeping chamber for sharks. The instructional aquarium she opened in Florida was of notable import too and so was the prominence and leadership of her career, as a woman at that time.

  • Ryan Aday
    2019-05-08 03:52

    Shark Lady, a memoir by Ann Govern, is a delightful and easy-to-read memoir of renowned biologist Eugenie Clark. From her early fascinations of marine life kept in aquariums fish bowls, she developed a love for sharks and a love for sharing her passion for the creatures with interested individuals. Clark adventures into vast oceans across the globe, gathering information about the sharks to share with the whole of the scientific community, while meeting famous and influential people that have supported her career in biology. Readers are also able to explore the underwater caves and waters where the animals she tries to protect are being carefully examined and observed for new information, along with the class she takes with on every trip.The biography on Eugenie Clark was a surprisingly easy read. Although I thought the text would be monotonous and boring, the casual descriptions of the sharks and the woman’s feelings of excitement and desperation really made the text appealing and smooth. There were no run-on sentences that makes one’s eyes tired, just short but “to the point” sentences. The novel also included some interesting facts about the oceans and their inhabitants that also gave it an informative tone, but it was done in such a way that the facts seem to be part of Clark’s discoveries as she explored the seas. Some people might find this book too short (only about 70 pages), but other than that, Shark Lady is still an entertaining read for all audiences, while being very informative about sharks and their habitats.

  • Corey Schmidt
    2019-05-21 07:50

    I read the book “Shark Lady.” It was written by Ann McGovern and it is a biography on the life of Eugenie Clark. As a child she loves the ocean and everything about it, but her parents didn’t like some of the ways she was trying to learn about it. They tell her she should try something different, but she doesn’t listen. Eventually she grows up and goes to college in New York. She goes on to study under Dr. Carl Hubbs in California. She works with a the Navy Marine scientist on what fish are edible. She then gets her own lab in Florida and does an experiment for the Crowned Prince of Japan. Eugenie then retires from the lab and goes to teach zoology at Maryland University. The main character in the book is Eugenie Clark. She is a very smart lady who loves everything about the ocean and wants to know everything she can about it. The book takes place all over the world. The main places are Japan, Florida, Mexico, and the Red Sea. For the most part it takes place in early 2000’s. I thought it was a very good book about her life. It’s cool to see how many opportunities she got throughout her life and how much she really loved the ocean. I would recommend the book to anyone who loves the ocean or just wants to know more about Eugenie Clark. It is not hard to read at all, and the vocabulary is pretty easy. I would give the book three out of five stars.

  • Jared
    2019-04-30 05:52

    I read "Shark Lady" by Ann McGovern. I thought that the book was very interesting and informal about her life and about sharks too. The book starts out talking about when Eugenie was a little girl. One afternoon she had to go into work with her mother but didn't want to sit there and do nothing, so her mom dropped her off at the aquarium where she was instantly hooked on fish. As she grew up, so did her love for fish. She followed her dreams and became a ichthyologist, opened up her own lab, and later became a teacher.The main focus of the book is the life of Eugenie Clark, a woman who shows anything is possible if you put your mind to it and always follow your dreams. The book mainly focuses on the middle time of her life in the 1950's. Even in those times women weren't known for very much. To have a woman go off and become one of the greatest ichthyologists of that time was very impressive. A majority of the book takes place in Florida where she had her own lab opened and funded by a rich family. I rate this book four out of five stars, and would recommend this book to anyone. It is a very informal book that has a lot of facts about sharks.

  • 710Jaeda Morgan
    2019-05-01 06:53

    This book is a biography about a woman named Eugenie Clark. She began her interest in fish at the age of nine when she started her weekly visits to the New York City aquariums. Eugenie went to a college in New York to become a ichthyologist. She later than goes to California and learns how to dive. She went diving with sharks. Eugenie goes and opens a lab in Florida called the Cape Haze Marine Laboratory, and starts to study sharks and that they can learn simple tasks. Eugenie takes a job in Maryland as a professor, and study's the "sleeping" sharks in Mexico, and also study's poisons fish and how sharks know which ones are which and not to eat them.

  • Kate
    2019-04-30 09:41

    My grandmother bought me this book at the Shedd Aquarium long long ago and when I read Eugenie Clark's obituary I put it in my to-read list. Still fascinating to read how Clark started being interested in fish and the early dives with big helmets, her work in ichthyology and her cheerful reminder to "get involved in what interests you the most." I was startled to realize I even remembered the illustrations. Really an excellent middle grades read despite being so old a book. I find myself curious how it felt to be of Japanese descent in college in the Second World War. Maybe I should read Clark's biographies.

  • Katie
    2019-04-29 03:43

    I thought this book was very interesting because she loved to be with the sharks and in my case I am petrified of sharks! I can bearily look at pictures of them. Sometimes in my pool, I don't want to go in because I think a shark is going to pop up out of the water even though they can't live in chlorinated water! Sometimes I feel so scared because of all the shows about shark attacks. I thought it was just really inspiring how she believed that the world didn't know everything they could about the underwater world and she wanted to prove there was alot more that we could learn.

  • Stephanie Kopec
    2019-05-03 08:00

    This book was easy to read and did a good job of focusing on the dreams Eugenie Clark had and was able to achieve. It is good as an intro to biographies. However, as is often the case with biographies for younger readers, there are big jumps in time and major events, that would be interesting to read about, are generalized or skimmed over for the sake of getting Clark's whole life into 96 pages.

  • Marc
    2019-05-03 08:47

    I ordered this book through the Scholastic Book Club when I was in 3rd or 4th grade. And I read it over and over again! It gave me my love for sharks and I have never been afraid of them. (Not that I want to actually be in the water with them.) I found out that Eugenie Clark died last year at the age of 92. She was an incredible person. I highly recommend this book for kids.

  • Witterquick
    2019-05-24 05:33

    Read this multiple times as a kid

  • Emma
    2019-04-26 06:34

    This book taught me something I never knew before. Sharks, are amazing. And the really are. I read this book in 3rd grade in areading group. Ever since I read this book I have been adicted to everything shark. Almost everyone in the grade knows that now. READ THIS BOOK!!!!! That is all I have to say.

  • Anna George
    2019-05-03 07:00

    When I grow up I'd like to be a marine biologist.No, seriously, I liked this book because it talks about the process of scientific discovery and that every question leads to another. In the overused words of academia, Genie Clark is a "lifelong learner." Now pardon me while I go gag on that.

  • Paul Nash
    2019-05-14 03:48

    My daughter finished this book pretty fast for an 8 year old. :) She LOVED this book. She was so fascinated by the true story and kept telling me about certain parts. I'm so happy that my children love to read like I do. This is definitely a recommended biography for children. 5 stars

  • Joseph Haas
    2019-05-10 05:33

    I just finished "Shark Lady" by Ann McGovern. This book is a biography about Eugene Clark. Eugene goes on many dives and discovers many different types of sharks. I would recommend this book to all 6th graders because it is a very book.