The Shark Caller
- The Shark Caller
- 256 pages
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Initally the title intrigued. I'd never heard of the shark calling before. Then comes the beautifully choreographed story blending the local islander languages and traditions with a modern girl Izzy in a family drawing on dual cultures, equally. Izzy is a hero on a symbolic journey, who is tested. She's even carrying her dead twin brother's ashes back to the island to complete the ceremony. 10-12 year olds will be 'hooked' by the diving action and the island adventures.I liked the detail and fel [...]
Full Review HereI actually really enjoyed this book! It had such lovely themes of family and cultural connection throughout, a refreshing break from all the romance and drama that’s usually in books today, I was captivated from start to end. Although it’s marketed as a YA novel, I think it is more suited for middle-grade readers. The protagonist is 14 years old, and although she has gone through some tough times, it still seemed to be quite a young read.The world-building was wonderful, I wa [...]
The cover made this one hard for me to miss. I found it to be an enjoyable MG read as it has an interesting setting, an engaging plot and likable characters.
I found this on the bookshop shelf because I was looking for books about shark attacks for a discontented lad. I guess this book didn't quite cut it for him - no gory stuff, no actual attacks. There's plenty of tension and a very real possibility of attack, and there are other sea creatures down in the depths that you wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of, so I personally found it an exciting read.The gist of the story is that Izzy and her Mum go back to Papua New Guinea with Izzy's twin bro [...]
The beautiful cover drew me in, although this was put in the YA section of my local bookstore and it definitely was more MG- the girl is 14 years old, but it reads very young for me. Not that that is a bad thing, it simply was a mislabel on my part. I kind of thought the grief aspect of losing a twin/siblings might be amplified, as it is in many YA, but the the full grief of it seemed lessened to me due to lessened maturity. I guess that doesn't fully explain it either, but I struggled with this [...]
More than a pastime, turns out shark calling is a way of life, a cultural necessity and rite of passage for those from PNG and the surrounding islands etched more deeply within their ancestral history than a pacific ocean trench. At least this is what recently bereaved twin, Izzy discovers as she heads back to her birthplace. This is an interesting practice and one this erstwhile fearer of sharks found intriguing. It is also a skill that is fast becoming a thing of the past.Wolfer writes a compe [...]
What an exciting read! What an adventure. Nothing better that learning about a culture that I know little about. The Shark Caller is a story packed with sharks, danger and courage. Not being a diver, I found some of the story chilling.Great introduction to some of the world of Papua New Guinea. I even enjoyed using the TOK PISIN Glossary. The language add a richness to the story.
ARC kindly provided by Random House Australia in exchange for an honest review.Review 'The Shark Caller' left me sad and a little confused. Definitely a little shaken yet also connected and a bit horrified. This is one of those novels that literally transport you into a different world where you have such a surreal yet complete experience that it's a bit hard coming back to reality. I'm honestly still not quite sure what to think of all this…What enchanted me from the beginning was how well de [...]
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.Izzy’s brother has been killed in a diving accident, and she’s returning to Papau New Guinea to spread his ashes to the sea. She’s always been drawn to sharks in a deeply visceral way – now she must brave the deeps in order to preserve her family’s old ways of life.This novel reminded me of another that I read a while ago, but never got [...]
Isabel is on a plane heading back to her island birthplace in Papua New Guinea. Izzy is looking forward to seeing her family again, but there's another tragic reason for the trip. Izzy's twin brother, Ray, died in a freak diving accident, and Izzy and her mum are taking his ashes home for traditional death ceremonies.After they arrive, Izzy realises things have changed since their last visit. Logging threatens the community's way of life and sharks no longer answer the song of the shark callers. [...]
It was really really interesting to read this book set in Papua New Guinea. Not based on historical or anthropological fact necessarily, and a bit of a fantasy, it does reflect the tension between tradition and modern rationalism. A very interesting story that grabbed me more as we headed towards the climax.
Simple story effectively told through Izzy's eyes. A quest-of-sorts, a test-your-courage, a show-of-faith.But I am weary of kids losing their twin. Can this trend be over now? Ok. Thanks. bYee.