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Sharks Forever
The Mystery and History of the Planet’s Perfect Predator
By (author): Mark Leiren-Young
Mark Leiren-Young


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Sewn, Laminated cover
Hardcover , Sewn, Laminated cover


Juvenile: Age (years) 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) 4 - 7, Grade (US) 4 - 7, Reading age 9 - 12
Oct 18, 2022
Print Run: 10000
$24.95 CAD


9in x 7.5 x 0.44 in | 200 gr

Page Count:

112 pages


109 Halftones, color , 2 Colour illustrations , 1 Diagrams
FSC certified – mixed sources C016245
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Marine Life
Children’s / Teenage general interest: Fish and marine life|Endangered species and extinction of species|Children’s / Teenage general interest: Freshwater and marine mammals|Interest age: from c 9 years
  • Short Description
This nonfiction book for middle-grade readers examines the biology, habitat and mythology of, threats to and latest research on sharks. It asks us to look at sharks as friends not foes.
Friends not foes

Explore the latest science about sharks.

Did you know that some sharks have friends? Or that there are sharks small enough to swim in a soup can? There are sharks who can walk on land and others who make their own light. There are ancient sharks who lived in the oceans millions of years ago, and new species who have just been discovered. Most importantly, did you know that most sharks are fighting for their survival?

Sharks Forever takes a deep dive into the lives of sharks––their habitat, biology, habits and personalities. It also looks at the biggest threats to their existence, from marine pollution and overfishing to bycatch and shark-fin soup. It goes beyond the bites and shares stories about people who swim with sharks and call them friends.

Key Selling Points

  • Sharks Forever debunks the myths about how dangerous sharks are and asks readers to look at them in a new light.
  • Includes the latest science on sharks all over the world and discusses the threats facing sharks, including the destruction of habitat and food sources due to marine pollution and climate change.
  • Introduces the stories of people, including young people, who swim with sharks, advocate for them and call them friends.
  • Mark Leiren-Young is an award-winning author of a number of books, including Orcas Everywhere; Big Whales, Small World and Big Sharks, Small World (releasing in the same season as Sharks Forever).
  • Mark Leiren-Young loves sharks almost as much as he loves orcas! He interviewed legendary filmmaker and shark defender Rob Stewart numerous times about why he fought for their protection and helped promote Rob’s third documentary film about sharks. Since Rob's death, Mark has continued to spread his message about protecting sharks and oceans.

Mark Leiren-Young is an award-winning author, screenwriter, playwright and filmmaker. He has written TV shows for young viewers (including cartoons) for Netflix, CBC, ABC, BBC Kids and PBS. He wrote, directed and produced the award-winning documentary The Hundred-Year-Old Whale. His first book, The Killer Whale Who Changed the World, won a Science Writers and Communicators of Canada Award. Mark has also written several books for young readers, including Orcas Everywhere: The Mystery and History of Killer Whales, which was shortlisted for a Red Cedar Book Award and the Information Book Award, and won the City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize. Mark hosts the podcast Skaana about ocean stories and is actively involved in the fight for the survival of the endangered southern resident orcas. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Contributor Website

Marketing and Promotional Plans

  • Print and online advertising campaigns
  • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
  • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
  • Blog and social media promotion
  • Outreach in Orca newsletters

“An important book that’s fun to read. Sharks Forever presents beautiful images, captivating information and engaging stories, while underscoring the importance of shark conservation. It achieves something rare—a connection with sharks as individuals. We get insights into their communication, personalities and friendships. This is the shark book the world needs.” - Julia Barnes, Sea of Life filmmaker

“You’re either fascinated by sharks or terrified of them. Regardless, Sharks Forever is informative and offers fascinating insight into not only the science of sharks but their undeniable impact on the human race.” - Madison “Shark Girl” Stewart, filmmaker and activist

“A wealth of fascinating research about sharks...If you weren’t a fan of sharks before reading Sharks Forever, you will undoubtedly come away with a new perspective. This up-to-date and comprehensive book will go a long way in convincing readers of the value of one of the world’s top predators and its rightful place in ocean ecosystems. Highly Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“A passion for sharks shines through…A great addition to a unit on ocean life, ecosystems, apex predators, or conservation.” - Children's Literature

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