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Bethany Hamilton (She Dared)

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Bethany Hamilton (She Dared)

Author Jenni L. Walsh’s new series, She Dared, starts off with books about Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and surfer Bethany Hamilton. Both girls exhibit characteristics about daring to keep going in the face of adversity.

"Walsh writes in a style that is both informative and engaging, providing the reader with lots of interesting and useful information and doing so with a strong narrative."

Bethany Hamilton grew up in Hawaii. She loved the ocean and started learning to surf at the age of five. She had a natural talent for surfing and engaged in the sport every chance she got. When she was 13, she was viciously attacked by a tiger shark. The animal bit off her left arm. Although she had to learn a new way to surf (and to do everyday activities) with just one arm, Bethany “dared” to get back on her surfboard and keep on going. In 2004, just a year after losing her arm, she took first place in the under-18 category at the NSSA National Competition in Australia.

The author includes additional information in each book. Both books have sections of color pictures, several pages long, inserted into the middle of the book. There is also more at the end of each book: The one about Malala has a Glossary of terms used throughout the book, while the book about Bethany has a list of Surf Terms as well as a short Wave Report. Each book also includes a Recommended Reading List and a Bibliography.

Walsh writes in a style that is both informative and engaging, providing the reader with lots of interesting and useful information and doing so with a strong narrative.

Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on January 30, 2019

Bethany Hamilton (She Dared)
(She Dared #1)
by Jenni L. Walsh