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Julia and the Shark

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17th March 2022

Price: £7.99

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781510107779

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A captivating, powerful and luminous story from a bestselling, award-winning author about a mother, a daughter and the great Greenland shark. Wrapped up in mesmerising illustrations and presented as a deluxe hardback, this is a perfect gift for the holiday season, for 9+ fans of Philip Pullman, Sally Gardner and Frances Hardinge.

The shark was beneath my bed, growing large as the room, large as the lighthouse, rising from unfathomable depths until it ripped the whole island from its roots. The bed was a boat, the shark a tide, and it pulled me so far out to sea I was only a speck, a spot, a mote, a dying star in an unending sky…

Julia has followed her mum and dad to live on a remote island for the summer – her dad, for work; her mother, on a determined mission to find the elusive Greenland shark. But when her mother’s obsession threatens to submerge them all, Julia finds herself on an adventure with dark depths and a lighthouse full of hope…

A beautiful, lyrical, uplifting story about a mother, a daughter, and love – with timely themes of the importance of science and the environment.


Sophie Anderson, author of The House with Chicken Legs
A rich, immersive and wondrous journey, through deep darkness to hope and light
Hilary McKay
There are no wasted words in this book. Like a seashell, or a flying bird, it is uncluttered and vital. The illustrations, by Tom de Freston, are mesmerising. I loved it.
This beautifully illustrated book proves that picture books are not only for the youngest readers. The black and white sketches are deliberately highlighted with yellow accents that light up the pages in some places, and delicate tracing paper inserts make images shift when you turn them, emphasising the lurking shark. This is a powerful story of love, family and fighting to keep your head above water.
The Observer
Illustrated with dreamlike fluency
Emma Carroll, author of Letters from the Lighthouse
I fell in love with the tale itself, the setting (I do love a lighthouse!), the characters and the little details - it's a beautiful, forceful storm of a book
Irish Independent
A beautifully written, moving exploration of family, friendship and mental health, with exquisite illustrations by de Freston
Eoin Colfer
Julia and the Shark is deep, beautiful and true. The art shines and the writing soars. A classic from cover to cover.
New York Times
Such rich and vivid prose ... with beautiful illustrations by Tom de Freston
Ross Montgomery, author of The Midnight Guardians
What a gorgeous book - calm, funny, heartfelt, wise, full of the quiet and force of the sea
The Daily Mail
A triumph
The Observer
A tale of courage, understanding and compassion
Jacqueline Wilson
A truly beautiful book, with text and illustrations in perfect harmony. A book to treasure!
The Telegraph
The Daily Mail
Beautifully written, sensitive exploration of mental illness, fear and families
Cat Doyle
INCREDIBLE. Poignant and lyrical and beautiful, it's my favourite of Kiran's books so far and that is saying something. Tom's stunning artwork just brings it to a whole other level
Katherine Webber Tsang
Truly extraordinary. Julia and the Shark is contemporary MG at its best but with a hint of the fantastic. It is the kind of book that you will want to have on your shelves and treasure
Cressida Cowell
Tom de Freston's stunning illustrations perfectly complement the poetry of Kiran Millwood Hargrave's story