Julia and the Shark

Julia and the Shark

Hardback Published on: 02/09/2021
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Julia and the Shark
Stunning in every way
A stunning portrait of mental health through a child’s eyes but also a story of belonging and hope and… of course… a shark This book needs only one wor... READ MORE
Emily Fordham
Julia and the Shark
A special and extraordinary book. A rare 5 stars
What an amazing book. Definitely one to get a hard copy of (rather than digital) because of the wonderful production and illustration. Julia's family move... READ MORE
Tracey McHardy
Julia and the Shark
A stunning work of art
The story and illustrations throughout work together to tell the powerful story of Julia and her family as they spend a summer searching for an elusive and... READ MORE
Sarah in Wolverhampton
Julia and the Shark
A stunning collaboration
Julia and the Shark is a thing of beauty. From the ashes of de Freston's studio fire comes the beautiful illustrations that make Hargave's words come alive... READ MORE
Bookseller Emma
Julia and the Shark
A Gorgeously Written and Illustrated Story About Nature, Love and Family
This absolutely STUNNING book has to be among my absolute favourites of this year. "Julia and the Shark" is, on the surface, a beautiful story about nature... READ MORE


'Days before lockdown there was a fire in my studio that destroyed twelve years worth of work. From the burnt out husk I rescued burnt frames, bags of ash, fragments of destroyed artworks. Much of the artwork for Julia and the Shark was made using these materials, as an act of mourning, transformation and repair. It reflects the central message of the book, that even in the deepest darkness there is always the light of hope.' - Tom de Freston A timeless story of family, hope and environmental crisis from the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-winning author of The Girl of Ink and Stars that is also a stunning work of visual art, Julia and the Shark has been taken to our booksellers’ hearts like no other children’s novel. When her father is required to repair an old lighthouse on a remote island, Julia finds herself on a strange and magical summer holiday. Her mother becomes increasingly determined to find the great Greenland shark – an awesome yet elusive creature that soon fills Julia’s thoughts as well. But when her mother’s determination tips over into obsession, Julia is forced to dive into an adventure with hidden depths and turbulent emotional currents which threatens to submerge them all. With breathtaking black, white and yellow illustrations created using the ashes from the fire that destroyed de Freston's studio, Julia and the Shark is both a testament to artistic rebirth and an exquisite reflection on family, science and the fragile yet sublime beauty of the environment. Intoxicating and impossible to put down, it is a future classic whose beauty and heart will resound for generations.

  • Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
  • ISBN: 9781510107786
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Weight: 540g
  • Dimensions: 218 x 158 x 22 mm

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Julia and the Shark
Gorgeous Read!
Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy. I was thrilled to receive it and simply had to read it that night. Gorgeous illustrations throughou... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
Julia and the Shark
A Must-Read
Julia is spending the summer on the remote Scottish island of Unst while her dad makes its old lighthouse automated. Her marine biologist mother plans to u... READ MORE
Julia and the Shark
This book was a powerful read - from fairly early on I had a nagging feeling that something terrible was going to happen. Something that would change Julia... READ MORE
Victoria Davies
Julia and the Shark
Beautifully written and illustrated
I received an ARC of this book from Orion Children's Books and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Having read many of Kiran Millwood Hargrave's h... READ MORE
Caitlyn Gilbert
Julia and the Shark
Superb work
Fantastic book - one that stays with the reader long after placing it back on the shelf. Beautifully put together - engaging and captivating. Wonderful s... READ MORE
Dawn Jones