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The Shark Caller - Dianne Wolfer

Paperback Published: 1st August 2016
ISBN: 9780143780557
Number Of Pages: 256
For Ages: 6 - 9 years old

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Only a twin from a shark calling family can appease the ancestors and bring a community back together in this powerful and haunting story.

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.

Izzy's cousin Noah explains that the clan needs someone to undertake a traditional diving ritual. The person must be a twin from the shark calling lineage. The dive will be perilous.

And Izzy is the last twin.

Will she have the courage to attempt the dive? And what deep, dark secrets will the ocean reveal if she does?

About the Author

Dianne Wolfer is the author of 15 books for teenagers and young readers. Light Horse Boy was a Children's Book Council of Australia Honour Book and won the 2014 Western Australian Premier's Book Award for Children's Books. Granny Grommet and Me, inspired by surfing grandmas, was also on the CBCA shortlist. Lighthouse Girl, winner of a West Australian Young Readers' Book Award, explores the story of Fay Howe, the Albany lighthouse keeper's daughter who signalled to soldiers in 1914.

It inspired the hugely popular Royal de Luxe performance of The Giants at Perth Festival (2015). Dianne wrote her latest book, The Shark Caller, as part of the PhD she is currently completing at UWA, but she has been dreaming about this story for ten years.


Authentic Islander Dive Cultures


I'd never heard of the shark calling before. This is a 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 felt I was there. 'Poetic' blending of fact and fantasy in the mixed formats and the content. Wolfer's sister lives in the Papua New Guinea islands and it shows in the way the local words are slipped in, but explained in context within the story. Authentic setting , food and diving action. Enough drama to keep young readers involved. I intend recommending 'The Shark Caller' to family friends working in the Solomon Islands, as there is little easily accessible children's literature with local islander settings with which their children can identify. 'The Shark Caller' could fit under several curriculum requirements. A significant book, worth reading by the general adult reader too. This is the best book for 10-ish I've read this year.



The Shark Caller

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ISBN: 9780143780557
ISBN-10: 0143780557
Audience: Children
For Ages: 6 - 9 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st August 2016
Publisher: Random House Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.25