The Girl with the Shark’s Teeth
Minnow feels an irresistible pull to water, and beneath the waves she feels free. When her mother goes missing in the dead of night, Minnow must follow the call of the Wild Deep in search of answers and journey to a hidden world where fairytales become reality.
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To celebrate the release of this stunning and original book, we’re giving away a copy to five lucky winners!
The Girl with the Shark’s Teeth charts Minnow’s incredible journey from Brighton to Barbados – via Reykjavik and the magical Wild Deep – to discover her heritage. For a chance to win a copy of the book, we want to know where your child would sail if they could go absolutely anywhere. Whether it’s a country they’d love to visit, or somewhere out of this world, tell us!
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About the book
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Minnow is different from the other girls in her town. There’s plenty to set her apart: the blossom of pale scars which lie beneath her delicate ears, her affinity with the water which leaves people speechless, and the time when, in deep, deep water, her body began to glow like a sunken star. She has grown up on a boat, raised on stories and songs about a strange, enchanted ocean called The Wild Deep. Now with her mother missing, and questions to be answered, Minnow must make the dangerous journey to a hidden world, where fairytales become reality. Can a girl who is lost on land find answers in the Wild Deep?
A story that’s full of strong seafaring women, this book celebrates the power of storytelling. It began when Cerrie Burnell’s dual heritage daughter asked her if there were mermaids who looked like her, and where they lived. She realized that families like hers were rarely represented in children’s literature in a positive magical context, and so she set out to create characters who show that differences are the very thing that make them powerful.
About the author
Cerrie Burnell is a writer, actor, and former CBeebies presenter, who in recent years has made a name for herself as one of the most exciting new children’s authors on the scene. She has written several picture books including Snowflakes, which was performed at the Oxford Playhouse to great acclaim in 2016, and her young fiction series Harper, which has been set to music by the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The Girl with the Shark’s Teeth is her stunning debut for readers aged 9+.
In 2017, Cerrie left CBeebies with a commitment to push diversity in other directions. She will be visiting schools all over the UK in 2019 and will also be appearing on CBBC Newsround and Blue Peter online on Monday 21st January.
- Read an extract from The Girl with the Shark’s Teeth
- A letter from Cerrie Burnell on what inspired the book
Watch Cerrie read an extract from The Girl with the Shark’s Teeth below.
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