Author(s): Bethany Hamilton
Passionate surfer, Bethany Hamilton, was just 13 when she lost her arm in a shark attack in Hawaii last year. Battling the pain and unsure if the shark might strike again, she focussed only on getting to the beach. After surgery, her one thought was: "When can I surf again?"
This is an amazing story of a very strong-minded girl's need to get over her ordeal and make the necessary changes in order to return to competitive surfing. With the help of an extremely supportive family and friends, and a strong belief in God, Bethany has overcome the odds.
She is extraordinarily honest, sharing her fears, doubts and dreams, but all the while commited to her Christian faith, which she believes is what pulled her through. Bethany comes across as a thoroughly likeable, down-to-earth, bun-loving, courageous teenager, even though she is now a celebrity and involved with lots of media events and charity organisations. Her easy-to-read, unaffected account is an inspirational story for 11-year-olds plus. And, YES, there is a photo of the culprit - the shark was caught!