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Soul Surfer

Soul Surfer

by Rick Bundschuh, Bethany Hamilton, Sheryl Berk

She lost her arm in a shark attack and nearly died, but she never lost her faith. Now a major motion picture, "Soul Surfer" is the moving story of Bethany Hamilton's triumphant return to competitive surfing and has continued to be a beacon of inspiration to all who hear it.

They say Bethany Hamilton has saltwater in her veins. How else could one explain the passion that drives her to surf? Or that nothing — not even the loss of her arm — could come between her and the waves? That Halloween morning in Kauai, Hawaii, Bethany responded to the shark's stealth attack with the calm of a teenage girl with God on her side, resolutely pushing aside her pain and panic while being rescued and brought back to shore. "When can I surf again?" was the first thing Bethany asked after her emergency surgery, leaving no doubt that her spirit and determination were part of a greater story — a tale of personal empowerment and spiritual grit that shows the body is no more essential to surfing, perhaps even less so, than the soul.

Ages
11, 12, 13
Interest Level
Grades 6 - 8
Grade Level Equivalent
7.5
Lexile Measure
960L
DRA
70
Guided Reading
Z
Publisher
SMN - SIMON & SCHUSTER (ADULT)
Genre
Biography and Autobiography, Media Tie-Ins

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Rick Bundschuh
Bethany Hamilton
Sheryl Berk

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