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Sarah and the Big Wave

Sarah and the Big Wave

The True Story of the First Woman to Surf Mavericks

Bonnie Tsui; illustrations by Sophie Diao

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


This stunning nonfiction picture book tells the inspiring story of Sarah Gerhardt, one of the first female big-wave surfers.

Have you ever seen a big wave? One that’s twenty, thirty, forty, even fifty feet tall? Here’s a better question: Would you ever surf a big wave? Sarah Gerhardt did—and this is her story.

Sarah and the Big Wave, a tale of perseverance and indomitable spirit, is about the first woman to ride the waves at Mavericks, one of the biggest and most dangerous surf breaks in the world.

Praise for Sarah and the Big Wave

"A determined young woman seizing the moment in vast, teal-blue ocean is a natural draw, and with the IOC adding surfing to its roster of events, librarians can expect extra interest when the next Olympic games are played." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books -

Reviews from Goodreads

Bonnie Tsui; illustrations by Sophie Diao

Bonnie Tsui is a debut children's author and a writer for The New York Times. Her books for grown-ups include Why We Swim and the award-winning American Chinatown. She lives (and surfs) in the Bay Area.

Sophie Diao is an artist in San Francisco and illustrator of the picture book I Am the Wind. As research for Sarah and the Big Wave, she surfed a wave that she's pretty sure was over one foot tall. She loves illustrating natural wonders and is the talent behind many a Google Doodle.

image of Sophie Diaoo
Jake Hubert

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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