Title and Author: Clash (Book 1 in the Soul Surfer Series) by Bethany Hamilton
Short Summary: This is a fiction story about Bethany when she was about 14. A new girl on the island of Kaui named Jenna wants to surf. Bethany overhears Jenna talk back to her mom. At first Jenna tries to be friends with Bethany but Bethany won’t give her a chance. Will the two girls be friends after all that happens? All that and more lies in this book.
What I liked about the story: I liked how some parts I didn’t know what to think. I like how it switches girls so you can see how they both think of the situation. If I could ask Bethany any question, it would be ‘How did you have enough courage to write a fiction story with you in it and reference going back to the shark attack?’
What I like about the writing: I really like that Bethany has the courage to ask Rick Bundschuh for help writing her book.
Review by Kayla, 10 years old
Summary from Bethany’s website: In Clash, it’s a challenge to their tight-knit group when a new girl with a secret crowds Bethany and her friends. Important heart issues lead to difficult decisions. It took real faith and courage to get Bethany back on a surfboard after losing her arm to a shark. In this new four-book fiction series based on the life of surfer star Bethany Hamilton, Bethany and her friends discover God’s love and guidance as they tackle the waves that life hands them.