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Poetry Contest for Young Writers

on April 25, 2007

Kelly Bingham, young adult author of the new book, Shark Girl, is offering a poetry contest for teen writers.

Shark Girl is a young adult novel about a girl whose arm is bitten off in a shark attack. The novel is told in verse along with phone conversations and letters. The letters are one of the most striking aspect of the novel. Often the letters are from “well-wishers” who don’t know Jane but saw her story on the news. We see through Jane’s eyes that, often, the letters are very intrusive such as the one from the boy who wants to interview Jane about her experience for a school project. And yet at other times, the letters provide hope such as the one from Mary who calls her prosthetic arm, Patty. A brilliant model for using letters with purpose in crafting a story!

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