Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Neighborhood Sharks

Neighborhood Sharks

Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands

Katherine Roy

David Macaulay Studio



A Robert F. Sibert Honor Book
Winner of the John Burroughs Riverby Award for Young Readers

Up close with the ocean's most fearsome and famous predator and the scientists who study them-just twenty-six miles from the Golden Gate Bridge!

A few miles from San Francisco lives a population of the ocean's largest and most famous predators. Each fall, while the city's inhabitants dine on steaks, salads, and sandwiches, the great white sharks return to California's Farallon Islands to dine on their favorite meal: the seals that live on the island's rocky coasts. Massive, fast, and perfectly adapted to hunting after 11 million years of evolution, the great whites are among the planet's most fearsome, fascinating, and least understood animals.

In the fall of 2012, Katherine Roy visited the Farallons with the scientists who study the islands' shark population. She witnessed seal attacks, observed sharks being tagged in the wild, and got an up close look at the dramatic Farallons-a wildlife refuge that is strictly off-limits to all but the scientists who work there. Neighborhood Sharks is an intimate portrait of the life cycle, biology, and habitat of the great white shark, based on the latest research and an up-close visit with these amazing animals.

Robert F. Sibert Award - Honor, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, ALA Notable Children's Books, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, Horn Book Fanfare, Orbis Pictus Recommended Title, School Library Best Books of the Year


Praise for Neighborhood Sharks

“For this debut picture book, the author joined researchers who tag and follow these sharks, and she's distilled their findings in a way that's sure to attract young readers . . . Full of the eww factor, up-to-date facts and kid appeal, this splendid, gory introduction is not for the faint of heart!” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Roy's reverence for her subject is evident in her majestic underwater scenes, while light humor and rich content round out a standout resource for shark enthusiasts.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Look closely at the cover of this impressive account of great white sharks off the Northern California coast: that bright red in the illustration is blood trailing from a chunk of freshly killed immature elephant seal--and a signal that Roy's book will fully examine the sometimes chilling, always fascinating details of what makes this animal a predator.” —The Horn Book, starred review

“Accurate and captivating . . . Shark lovers of all ages will enjoy poring over the intense, vivid images.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“This engaging narrative describes the annual white shark migration to San Francisco's Farallon Islands . . . Numerous shark-themed informational books have been published in recent years, and this unique treatment deserves a spot on most library shelves.” —Booklist

“Roy explores how this region become a popular dining venue for sharks.” —BCCB

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About the author

Katherine Roy

Katherine Roy is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and the Center for Cartoon Studies. She is the illustrator of The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man's Canyon by S.S. Taylor and Buried Beneath Us by Anthony Aveni, among other books. Her first book for Roaring Brook Press, Neighborhood Sharks, was named a 2014 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and received a John Burroughs Riverby Award for Young Readers. Katherine Roy lives in New York City.

Katherine Roy