The Shark Caller by Zillah Bethell, Illustrations by Saara Soderlund


Blue Wing has always wanted to be a Shark Caller. She has learned everything there is to know about the ways of the sea and the creatures that swim in the darkest depths and yet she is not as ready as she thinks she is.

When Maple and her father arrive in Blue Wing’s village to study the vast coral, she tries to introduce her to Papuan life. At first, Maple isn’t interested in anything Blue Wing says or does but as the girls spend more and more time together, they discover they have more in common than they think and their friendship grows as they both deal with the loss of loved ones. Maple and Blue Wing’s adventures take them from high up the hills to the bottom of the crystal clear sea and everywhere in between.

When they find lost treasure on the ocean floor, their excitement quickly turns to fear when sharks begin to roam. Can Blue Wing save them from the dreaded Xok, the infamous shark that she holds responsible for her parents’ death?

With a wonderful magical twist at the end of this heart-felt, tremendous story of love, sisterhood and learning to let go, Blue Wing will remain with you long after you’ve read the last page. Her bravery, tenacity and zest for life will urge you to step out your comfort zone and see where the world will take you next – one adventure at a time.

Zillah Bethell grew up in a village in Papua New Guinea, just like Blue Wing. Her beautiful words will take you across the oceans to meet Siringen, Chimera and the vast array of wonderful characters. Written with some Papuan Pidgin English words, the glossary at the start of the book can be referred to, if needed.



Zillah Bethell
Saara Soderlund

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