Children's Writing on Nature and Conservation


Julia and the Shark

By Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Illustrator - Tom de Freston

My name is Julia.

This is the story of the summer I spent living in a lighthouse.

The summer I almost lost my mum, and found a shark older than trees.

Don’t worry though, that doesn’t spoil the ending …

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


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About Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Kiran Millwood Hargrave is a poet, playwright, and author. Her books for children and young adults include the bestselling The Girl of Ink & Stars, The Island at the End of Everything, The Way Past Winter, and A Secret of Birds & Bone (2020). The Deathless Girls was her first YA novel. Her debut novel for adults is The Mercies (February 2020).

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