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The Shark and the Scar

Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

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General fiction (Children's / Teenage), Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage)

What if your dad was lying to you? A compelling novel about secrets, family and life-shattering lies from Specsavers Children's Book of the Year shortlisted author Sarah Moore Fitzgerald. For fans of Jenny Valentine, Siobhan Dowd and Lara Williamson.

What if the most interesting thing about you wasn't true after all? A compelling mystery about family secrets, identity and the father-son relationship for readers aged 10+. For fans of Jenny Valentine, Siobhan Dowd and Lara Williamson.

Thirteen-year-old Jay survived a shark attack. He has a big scar on his body, and he doesn't remember exactly what happened. Sadly, his estranged mum didn't survive the horrific accident, and Jay and his dad have moved to the west coast of Ireland, where he surfs and keeps his past a secret. He's not allowed a phone, and they don't have the internet at home.

But when he and his friend Jess do some research for her family's surfing school, he discovers something that makes him sure his dad has been lying. Suddenly Jay doesn't recognise the dad he's trusted all his life. What really happened on the terrible day he can't remember? What actually happened to his mum? And does he even want to know?

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Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

Sarah Moore Fitzgerald grew up in Dublin but now lives in County Clare, where she's part of the creative writing team at the University of Limerick. She's also director of UL's Creative Writing Winter School and founding member of Writepace, a Limerick-based writing co-operative.

Follow her on Twitter @SMooreFitz

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