Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916 is by Michael Capuzzo. The true story of the East Coast shark attacks that were the true basis for the story we have come to know and love as Jaws. In 1916, Americans were just beginning to discover the ocean. They were not prepared for the Great White shark that terrorized the beaches of the East Coast and the swimmers who frequented them. This story is written in way that keeps the readers interest without becoming boringly factual or edging into sensationalism. You really get a feel for the time period and the people whose lives were affected by these attacks.
Ratings: 9th grade - 9 out of 10 - V (violence).