The Shark Rider
Series: Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians #2
Written by Ellen Prager
Illustrated by Antonia Javier Caparo
Mighty Media Junior Readers 5/01/2015
280 pages Age 8—12
“After thwarting the dastardly plans of J. P. Rickerton, Tristan Hunt is having trouble keeping his newfound talents a secret. And if undercover spies and a mysterious illness weren’t enough, reports of dying fish and disappearing sponge in the Caribbean call Tristan and his friends back into action. Will the Sea Guardians discover the source of the problem before time runs out? Or will a betrayal from one of their own ensure it’s already too late?” [back cover]
The Shark Rider brings Tristan and friends back to the sea to stop a mysterious source from killing the fish, and with it, its reefs and local tourism. But before his summer can begin, Tristan finds himself in the limelight thanks to saving a blacktip shark from sure death. Summer finally arrives and the Sea Camp campers soon find themselves on another mission. The kids fly off to the British Virgin Islands to talk to the ocean’s creatures, using their special talents. Unknown to everyone, an eccentric billionaire knows about the campers and wants to find the source of their abilities.
This second book in the Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians series continues to refine the campers’ special ocean skills. Tristan can communicate with sharks and rays. Sam can echolocate with whales and dolphins. All the kids get webbed appendages after drinking the special seawater. Actual Caribbean locations around the B. V. I. become the settings. Prager has obviously been to these islands given the expansive details. Readers will feel the water at their heels as the kids check out all the islands. Along the way, readers will learn some pirate history.
Skillfully written, The Shark Rider contains loads of exciting action, fish encounters, and, as the title suggests, riding on sharks bareback. Linking the first two editions is the very, very, awful bad guy J. P. Rickerton, who once again slips away to pester the Sea Camp campers in book three. Stick around after the story ends for the Author’s Note. Prager relates additional interesting history and discerns fact from story fiction. Prager’s knowledge of the ocean is extensive and very interesting. Kids that love the water, critters, and having fun will love The Shark Rider, book #2 in a 5 book series.
Warning: Reading this series will give you a concern for the world, especially the oceans and the its inhabitants.
THE SHARK RIDER (TRISTAN HUNT AND THE SEA GUARDIANS, BOOK 2). Text copyright © 2015 by Ellen Prager. Illustrations copyright © 2015 by Antonia Javier Caparo. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Mighty Media Kids, Minneapolis, MN.
Purchase The Shark Rider at Amazon—Book Depository—IndieBound Books—Mighty Media Kids.
Learn more about The Shark Rider HERE.
Check out the series’ website: http://www.tristan-hunt.com/
Find a Teacher’s Guide HERE.
Read a Deleted Scene HERE.
Read the Review of The Shark Whisperer (book #1) HERE.
Meet the author, Ellen Prager, at her website: http://www.ellenprager.com/
Meet the illustrator, Antonia Javier Caparo, at his website: http://www.antoniocaparo.com/
Find the entire Tristan Hunt series at the Mighty Media Junior Readers’ website:
. . . Mighty Media Junior Readers is an imprint of Mighty Media Press
Also by Ellen Prager
Jump into Science: Earthquakes
Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime: The Oceans’ Oddest Creatures and Why They Matter
. . . —and many more
Copyright © 2015 by Sue Morris/Kid Lit Reviews. All Rights Reserved
Full Disclosure: The Shark Rider (Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians) by Ellen Prager & Antonia Javier Caparo, and received from Mighty Media Junior Readers (an imprint of Mighty Media Press), is in exchange NOT for a positive review, but for an HONEST review. The opinions expressed are my own and no one else’s. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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Book two sounds wonderful. A great way to teach young readers about their world in an entertaining manner. Great review, Sue!
The things these kids do in the water is great AND they save the oceans and the fish, the reefs . . . AND catch the bad guys (well, all but that one elusive guy). Nice to see you.
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Thank you for introducing this new-to-me author, Erik. I just went to Amazon and ordered his first book, and I’ll probably be back to order the second. Great review!! (Love the warning!)
Hi, Sue. This is not Erik’s site, but it is okay to thank him–we are good buddies. I hope you enjoy The Shark Rider. Thanks for ordering. And welcome to Kid Lit Reviews. I hope you’ll be back–or maybe subscribe??