I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916 (I Survived #2)

Series: I Survived

by Lauren Tarshis, Illustrated By Scott Dawson

Scholastic Paperbacks
September 2010

Ages 7 – 10 . Grades 2 – 5

Library of Congress: 2011288514

Lexile measure: 610L

DRA: 40

Guided Reading: R



Chet Roscow is finally feeling at home in Elm Hills, New Jersey. He has a job with his uncle Jerry at the local diner, three great friends, and the perfect summertime destination: cool, refreshing Matawan Creek.

But Chet's summer is interrupted by shocking news. A great white shark has been attacking swimmers along the Jersey shore, not far from Elm Hills. Everyone in town is talking about it. So when Chet sees something in the creek, he's sure it's his imagination. . . until he comes face-to-face with a bloodthirsty shark!
Lauren Tarshis

Lauren Tarshis's New York Times bestselling I Survived series tells stories of young people and their resilience and strength in the midst of unimaginable disasters and times of turmoil. Lauren has brought her signature warmth and exhaustive research to topics such as the battle of D-Day, the American Revolution, Hurricane Katrina, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and other world events. She lives in Connecticut with her family, and can be found online at


--- - From I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916

There couldn't be a shark in the creek. That was crazy.

Chet tried to laugh, but T.J. was still standing there with that terrified look on his face. And now Dewey was rushing through the water towards the grass.

"Get out of the water!" he yelled.

Because that black triangle was coming right at them. Chet swam as fast as he could, but T.J. just stood there, frozen.

"T.J.!" Chet shouted. "Hurry!"

But it was too late.

The shark was heading right for T.J.

T.J. screamed.

There was a huge splash.

And then he was gone.