The movie Soul Surfer hits theaters tomorrow. It is the true story of the surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm at 13 years old when a 14 foot tiger shark attacked her.
Here’s the trailer for the movie:
Stop by the Library and check out the books Soul Surfer: a true story of faith, family, and fighting to get back on the board by Bethany Hamilton and Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham. Soul Surfer is Hamilton’s own account of the attack, what led up to it and how she overcame the loss of her arm. Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham was actually written before Bethany was attacked and she attracted national media attention. As the author, Kelly Bingham, explains here she had just finished her first draft of the book when Bethany was attacked, so she shelved the manuscript and almost never revisited it. A year later she revised the manuscript and sold it in 2006. It is also cool to note that Shark Girl is a novel in verse (a great way to celebrate National Poetry month!).