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They say Bethany Hamilton has saltwater in her veins. How else could one explain the tremendous passion that drives her to surf? How else could one explain that nothing — not even the loss of her arm in a horrific shark attack — could come between her and the waves?

That Halloween morning in Kauai, Hawaii – a glorious part of the world, where it’s hard to deny the divine – Bethany responded to the shark’s stealth attack with the calm of a girl with God on her side. Pushing pain and panic aside, she immediately began to paddle with one arm, focusing on a single thought: “Get to the beach….” Rushed to the hospital, where her father, Tom Hamilton, was about to undergo knee surgery, Bethany found herself taking his spot in the O.R. It’s the kind of coincidence that isn’t mere coincidence to the Hamilton family, a clan whose motto could easily be “the family that surfs and prays together stays together.” To them it was a sign someone had a greater plan than the one they’d been working on themselves – which had been to scrape together whatever resources they could to help Bethany rise to the top of her sport. When the first thing Bethany wanted to know after surgery was “When can I surf again?” it became clear that her unfaltering spirit and determination were part of a greater story – a tale of courage and faith that this modest and soft-spoken girl would come to share with the world.

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  1. What an inspirational movie! ‘Soul Surfer’ is based on a true event, involving a world champion surfer, Bethany Hamilton. The story is about Bethany when she was 13, along with her best friend Alana by her side, and they go out surfing on halloween. Bethany was at risk of death when she was attacked by a tiger shark! She was taken to good care and luckily she survived with only the loss of one limb, her arm! Bethany wasn’t going to give up though on her strong passion for surfing. She showed persistence and got back onto her board after lots of brave attempts. She followed her dream and worked for it, even though she was stopped by terrible borders along the way. Bethany teaches others in this story that your dreams can be possible. She showed great determination and courage to continue on with her life and not let even a shark attack get in her way. ‘Soul Surfer’ is a beautiful story and suitable for girls 10+. I highly recommend this book and the movie and rate it 5 stars! Make sure to give it a go!

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  2. I loved should surfer because the character, Bethany Hamilton is so inspiring. Her determination not to give up really makes her the person that she is. The story is about Bethany who is a budding pro surfer, who’s out surfing with her best friend Alana and Alana’s brother. Unexpectedly Bethany is involved in a shark attack and she is rushed to hospital immediately, she is taken care of immediately but unfortunately her left arm could not be saved. This story is very sad and emotional but it is also very inspirational and I’m sure lots of young people can relate to it and it has helped them in some way. I recommend this book to everyone as it’s very inspirational and can be read quite easily too!

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  3. N.Reid said:

    This is a brilliant and inspiring book about a young thirteen year old super, Bethany Hamilton. Bethany was surfing with her best friend Alana when a huge tiger shark came out of the water and ripped her arm off. She was then rushed to hospital and underwent a miraculous recovery and she eventually learnt to surf with one arm, even though the journey to get back there was extremely tough.
    This girl is a true inspiration to everyone and tells a true story about determination and recovery that inspired many around the world. It is filled with family and faith and love.
    I would recommend it to high school kids rated 9/10

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  4. Soul Surfer is such an inspiring book, based on a true story .It is about a young surfer who loves to go surfing, only to end up it the hospital, because of a terrible shark attack. The movie shows to believe in your dreams and fight for the things you love. Keep going no matter what and always try your hardest. Bethany Hamilton is inspiring, and the book really shows that. I love the movie and I would recommend it to anyone.

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  5. Sienna said:

    Soul surfer is a courageous and inspiring book about Bethany Hamilton’s famous story of being attacked by a shark, loosing an arm but never giving up.
    Bethany Hamilton was only 13 when all of her dreams of becoming a professional surfer were crushed. she lost her arm to a 15 foot long shark. She could have given up, but she didn’t. and that is why this book is a great book of triumph and never giving up.
    This book is great for 11 years or older .
    I enjoyed reading this book A lot and it really inspired me to never give up even with the biggest setbacks you can always keep going.

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  6. Isobel said:

    This book is very inspirational and has taught many girls around the world a good lesson. It’s all about a girl could Bethany Hamilton who is a surfer and one day is surfing and comes across a shark. She was only 13 when she lost her arm, when the shark bite her arm off. Follow the story of Bethany and how she recovers from the hard time. I recommend this book to any one 11+. This amazing book/movie, I give a 9/10 for.

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  7. I love soul surfer. It is such a great story about a strong girl who is passionate about surfing. After her devastating attack, we go on her journey as she recovers and becomes a passionate surfer once again. I definitely recommend you read the book and watch the movie because it passes on such a good story and what makes it even better is that it is based on a true story. I rate this a 9/10!

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  8. Soul Surfer is an amazing book, I love it! The one thing I really love about this book is that it is a true story. So it makes me think about how lucky I am to be who I am today and that unfortunate things happen to good people or anyone. I have also watched the movie and I believe that the book is better than the movie even though I think the movie is really good. This book also got me very interested in Bethany Hamilton because after I had read the book and watched the movie I did a little research and looked at how she was as a person today. I think that the events in this book at great and very interesting, I highly recommend you to read this book. I give it a 10/10

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  9. I recommend the book/movie ‘Soul Sufer’, because it features an inspirational story of how a young surfer got attacked by a shark, but that didn’t let her stop herself from achieving her dreams of becoming a famous surfer. With the help of her faith, and family she was able to get back on her board and claim a world title. This book/movie is appropriate for all ages and I would rate it 9/10.

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  10. soul surfer is a very good book. this is a non fictional book and it is so good. I love it so much. This book has taught me to never give up no matter how bad and down life gets us, you should never give up and look at the bright side of life.It is a very inspiring book, based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton. The movie is also very good. I would recommend it to all as it is very inspiring and worth the read. I loved reading every single page in it. I would give it a solid 10/10.

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  11. This is a great book that demonstrates how with support and belief you can achieve what was once seen as impossible. It is a very inspirational book that makes you want to do amazing things just like Bethany did. My favourite character was probably the dad because he stuck by Beths side throughout the whole journey and never stopped believing she could become a professional surfer. I would rate this book a 7/10. I recommend it to people that enjoy an inspirational film and that are over 9 because when the attack happens it is a little bit scary.

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  12. Nessy said:

    this book is truly inspiring, it is the story of a young girl named Bethany hamilton who had a dream to become a pro surfer. She surfs everyday and train hard. But one day everything changed for poor Bethany…. she was surfing with her best friend Alana Blanchard when suddenly a shark took her arm clean off. The story is about Bethany re building her life and starting over. This book is sad, beautiful and inspiring I highly recommend it and I rate it 10 out of 10 and I give it 5 stars.

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  13. Soul Surfer is one of the best books in history, I think I have read it at least five times! As I am a surfer I found her book really inspirational. (Even though it inspires everyone!) It gave me a big boost in my confidence as I now know that everyone is capable of doing anything and everything. Injured or not! Ever since I read Soul surfer I have really admired Bethany Hamilton and in my eyes she really is a hero. I will always admire her for everything she has done and how she has helped change the world. I love how she now doesn’t hate sharks. She knows that the water is their home and that she will just have to accept what happened to her. Even though I personally think it is super unfair that she got bitten, considering the fact that she is such an amazing loving girl that would never hurt a sole, but it just happens.
    I also admire how her accident hasn’t stopped her from doing the things she loves. how she always achieves her goals. Bethany is now married to her loving husband and is a mother of a little baby boy. Anyway I absolutely adore this book and recommend it for EVERYONE!!!

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  14. Soul Surfer is the story of Bethany Hamilton, a professional surfer that lost her arm due to a shark attack. Bethany Hamilton was only 13 years old when she was attacked by a shark while surfing. Having survived the attack she was determined to get back in the water and try to surf again. This book was very emotional and it was amazing to hear how she was able to have such a positive mindset in such a traumatic situation. Her determination and persistence was amazing and it was very inspiring to hear her trying to fulfil her dream. This girl is a true inspiration to everyone and tells a true story about determination and recovery that inspired many around the world.I rate this book a 5/5 and recommend it to everyone who wants to get a truly good feeling after you finish.

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  15. Sharni said:

    A year ago i was reading this amazing book called soul surfer. this book opened up my heart and actually made me cry a little. Beth hamilton put up a fight in my favourite part when her arm got bitten of by a great white shark. i wonder if i go surfing if i am going to get bitten by a shark but i know that is like 1 in a million. This book is a great boo that you wouldn’t mind having a sit down and a hard think and maybe shed a tear. it is very inspirational and outstanding book. it really give you the push i live you need. Most of the story is a young handicapped girl who would paddle into the ocean one handed. i would rate this awesome book a 8.5/10 that is a defiant read

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  16. Sharni said:

    soul surfer is a really good book it pushes up your confidence. why because a young girl was aiming to be the best surfer when a freak accident happen: she got bitten by a shark right on the arm. she was depressed because she was told she would never self again but the doctors was wrong. she pushed though it and got back to surfing i am very touched i vote this a 8/10

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  17. this book really opened up my eyes to look on the good side of life and to not worry about the little things and to get on with your life! i think it is a book for everybody because the story of the young girl is such a strong and powerful message to mak use of in everyday life! its a real inspiration to see if something goes wrong in your life you never no what to expect the good and that bad and its you as the individual and the people around you that keep you going

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  18. Priscilla said:

    I think that Soul Surfer is a truly wonderful and exciting story, and I would recommend it to any of my friends. Although this book is a good choice for anybody, I think that girls about 12-16 would enjoy Soul Surfer the most. Bethany’s story has really helped many people open their eyes and see what you can accomplish when you try hard. I think this is an excellent book and if you want to read a book that is inspiring but not sappy, Soul Surfer could just be the book for you.

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  19. Priscilla said:

    Soul surfer is an amazing book with so much inspiration and sends a message relevant to so many people to stay true to what you are passionate about and even though problems come your way to put them aside and conquer every challenge. I loved this book from the get-go and has given me a new perspective. It’s a great book about a true story written in the words of Bethany Hamilton who inspired everyone when at the young age of thirteen her arm was taken off by a shark. This book explains what she overcome to thrive in her career. I give it a eight out of ten.

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  20. If you’re looking for a coming of age story about a willing and inspirational teenager overcoming her adversity, then this ones for you. But warning, there may be a few tears shed! When 13 year old surfing champion Bethany Hamilton loses her arm in a shark attack, her world is turned upside down. She now struggles to do day to day activities, let alone get back out on the waves. With the support of her family and friends, Bethany is faced with her biggest obstacle in life. Through her experiences she learns that you have to be knocked back a few times to really get up and over the hurdles of life, and that when you really stick at something, you’ll get there. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read and a true story to be inspired by!

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  21. Soul Surfer is such an inspiring book, based on true events.It is great for both boys and girls. It is about a young professional surfer who goes surfing, only to end up it the hospital, cause of a terrible shark attack. it shows us that no matter the odds, with a great support network, everyone has a chance to get back up and keep going. Bethany Hamilton truly is inspiring, and the book really emphasises that. I love both the Soul Surfer book, and movie and I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 8, as the movie graphics can be quite gruesome.

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  22. Angela said:

    I love this book and movie! It is so inspirational, as I am a surfer myself and have had health problems it helps me get through everything and try my hardest to recover. It helps me realise that you can come back from anything if you put your mind and your heart to it. Bethany is a real inspiration in this world being attacked by a shark and then coming back to surfing and pushing through all of her obstacles. This movie is about how Bethany in real life went about recovering and getting back on her feet. It shows her doing competitions and learning to surf all over again. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a true story and surfing and a great inspirational story. I give it a 10/10!

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  23. bridget said:

    I love soul surfer, it is a really really amazing book with an inspirational story being told. Bethany Hamilton was 12 years old when she went surfing with her best friend Alana when she was attached by a shark. Beth wash rushed to emergency hospital immediately and consequently lost her left arm, and her dreams of being a professional surfer were ruined. This girl is a true inspiration to everyone, and tells a true story about determination and persistence and not giving up on what you love, which in Bethany’s case was surfing. With family and friends helping and guiding Beth along the recovery road, Bethany was able to learn how to surf again but not without obstacles and hard times. I would rate this book a 9.5/10, and would recommend all ages to read it as it sends across a really strong message which I think everyone can learn from.

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  24. Emily. said:

    This novel is based on a story of faith, family and fighting back.
    The autobiography is about Bethany’s traumatic experience, where you can witness Bethany’s life before, during and after her attack. It is a story about bravery and having faith in yourself even during the hard times. This novel can makes you realise that you should never give up.
    Bethany is now one of the top surfers competing, and she only has one arm. She still has her friends, sponsor, and of course her family and she has let nothing stop her.
    I would rate this novel a 10/10 with high recommendations.

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  25. I am currently reading this book and its amazing how she has sprung back and showed resilience. I have seen the movie so I know what happens but I just love reading the story its truly inspirational!!! Its not really like a story its a biography so they aren’t really characters but my favourite person it obviously Bethany because she is a fabulous role model to young girls and boys who need a little kick start in their confidence if they have 1 less lim or are just struggling. I just love the story behind it all and it shows plenty of good messages. When I read the chapter Attack I was astounded by how she reacted to it, she didn’t even scream and I wonder if she hadn’t of been wearing the silver watch would of she attracted the shark or not. But i don’t think she would be were she is now without this outstanding story not like fame but confidence, hard work and such true talent.
    The book is fabulously written and I knew I wanted to read this book as soon as I read the first line which was “it literally came out of the blue” it grabbed me so much and her story will not only grab the reader but it will touch a lot of hearts. Great book and story loved it!

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  26. This book is so inspirational, I loved it so much. I loved how she still believed she had a chance even when things looked impossible. This is what inspired me to surf 2 years ago. It has such a strong powerful message to never give up and fret about the little things in life. I would recommend this to anyone who loves an adventurous and heart warming book, I give it a 10/10 and recommend it to 10+ years of age.

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  27. I love soul surfer, it is so inspiring to watch and to read.
    If you love books that inspires you, well this is the book for you.
    It is so amazing that she gets her arm bitten off by a shark by surfing and she is still able to follow her dream as a pro surfer.
    Bethany Hamilton is just an amazing, inspiring and brave person, I bet a lot of people look up to her.
    I think was she is trying to say to everyone that, you should never give up on yourself or anyone because you know inside that you will always be successful in some way.
    I give soul surfer an 8, please watch or read soul surfer because I am sure you will love it.

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  28. Book which is also a movie is so inspirational. The fact that even after what happened she kept going is a true example of persistence and determination. I have met Bethany before and even though she has no arm she is such a positive person and a role model to look up to. She was attacked by a shark at the age of 13 when she was out surfing with Alana Blanchard and her brother I think it was. She was rushed to the hospital where one of her parents also was for an operation. Her left arm had been bitten off but despite the odds she believed that if she set her heart and mind to it she could still have a chance of becoming a professional surfer even after what had happened out in the water. Along the way she was helped and supported by many people as she fought against the odds and ended up becoming a professional surfer. One of the things I really liked about her was that even though she only had one arm she wanted to not have pity but to be treated and judged the same as everyone else. This story has a lot of good events and morals that can help us in life. I recommend this book to anyone because it is so good and I would give it a 9.5?10.

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  29. I recommend the book Soul Surfer. I recommend this because it was a story that everyone knew about but unless you read the book you really don’t know the full story. It is really inspiring how some people are pushing themselves to do their passion even though people doubt it will happen. Bethany is one of the most strongest, determined, loving and passionate person i know because no matter the disadvantage she never stopped doing what she loved. I recommend this book to ages 11 and up. I rate this book 8/10

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  30. Alice said:

    Soul Surfer is the story of Bethany Hamilton, professional surfer that lost her arm due to a shark attack. Bethany Hamilton was only 13 years old when she was attacked by a shark while surfing. Having survived the attack she was determined to get back in the water and try to surf again. This book was very emotional and it was amazing to hear how she was able to have such a positive mindset in such a traumatic situation. Her determination and persistence was amazing and it was very inspiring to hear her trying to fulfil her dream. Overall, this story is about how Bethany overcomes her loss and discovers her dream to become a professional surfer. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to read about true stories. I would also recommend to anyone who loved the book, the movie Soul Surfer is also a great version on Bethany Hamilton’s story.

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  31. Soul surfer was an incredible book. With the large amount of heartbreak, courage and strength between the characters. Bethany was the favourite from many peoples eyes. When I read about the shark attack without her screaming or anything but within the split second she lost her arm, I was so engaged and amazed. It made me see how hard it would be to do everything without an arm. When she wanted to start surfing again her persistence and determination was incredible. I would recommend this film to ages 10+ because I think that its a great film for people to learn and see what some people go though and become grateful for what they have. I would rate the book Soul Surfer a 9.5/10 because it was just such an emotional and inspirational book.

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  32. This book is inspirational and takes you through a wave of emotions. This true store is was about 13 year old Bethany Hamilton who was attacked by a shark while surfing with her best friend Alana Blanchard and lost her left arm. The story trellis about how the attack has changed her life and surfing career. Bethany shows us that we shouldn’t give up and strive towards our goals no matter how hard the challenges get. Even though she thought she couldn’t surf again she overcomes these situations to become more brave and stronger person. This book is great for anyone who loves surfing, going to the beach and people who have self-doubt as it shows we can do anything if we put our mind to it. Soul Surfer is an outstanding book and is a great read.

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  33. I really enjoyed this book!
    When Bethany Hamilton was tragically attacked by a shark, surfing alongside her best friend.
    Everyone thought her dreams of becoming a professional surfer were shattered.
    But they were wrong.
    Bethany was determined to not let this get in her way.
    Unfortunately they could not save her left arm, in which she had a prosthetic arm made.
    At first it was hard for her to believe what had happened, then reality set in and she realised that sitting around at her house wasn’t going to solve any of her problems. She needed to get up and have another go.
    So thats what she did.
    It took her a while but she finally did it, she learnt to surf again. Bethany is an inspiration to many people. Her story inspires my people not only surfers but people that do all sports.
    I recommend this book to anyone at all because it’s a truly inspirational story to read!

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  34. Annabelle said:

    This book is very inspirational and has taught many girls around the world a good lesson. It’s all about a girl could Bethany Hamilton who is a surfer and one day is surfing and comes across a shark. She was only 13 when she lost her arm, when the shark bite her arm off. Follow the story of Bethany and how she recovers from the hard time. I recommend this book to any one 11+. This amazing book/movie, I give a 9/10 for.

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  35. Soul surfer is an amazing book !!!! I would recommend this book to anyone because it is such an inspiring book to read. Soul surfer is about a a girl called Bethany hamilton, she lived in north shore and loved to surf. at the age of 13 she was attacked by a shark and lost her arm. She thought she would never be able to surf again, but with the support from her family and her persistence she was up and riding the waves once again. Even if your not into surfing this is a great book to read and you will definitely enjoy it!
    i would have to give it a 8/10 very inspiring book.

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  36. Angela said:

    I love the book soul surfer! As I am a surfer I love the way she surfed and I love the way she came back into the water and back from her shark attack she was so brave to start surfing again and to get back out there. This book really connects to me because I have been out of the water and an in patient at the Royal children’s hospital so i was out for ages and now Im back and surfing and competing and stuff like that. Bethany Hamilton is such an inspiration to me and I want to do as good as she did! I give it a 10/10!

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  37. Miffy said:

    Should Surfer is full of inspiration!
    Bethany Hamilton was attacked by a shark while surfing. She didn’t just put her board down and stop surfing. Through all the pain and loss of an arm, she still managed to push herself to get back in the water and surf like a pro.

    Soul Surfer – the title says it all. It is about courage, determination and persistence. Doing the things you love and not letting anything get in the way. It is very engaging and interesting and although full of tension, so real and iconic that it doesn’t seem like someone made it up. It really happened.

    8/10 for Soul Surfer. Such a great read that is quick and easy but has a great story and trueness to it all.

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  38. I really liked the book and movie of soul surfer. Its about a girl Bethany Hamilton who lives in Hawaii and she loves to surf. One day she goes surfing with her best friend Alana, Alanas dad and her brother. All of a sudden a shark comes and bites of Bethanys arm. Its really engaging and really want to know what happens next.

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  39. This book is definately a favourite. It’s not only one of the most motivational books ever, but it is really well written and described. Bethany Hamilton is not just a awesome surfer, but is also a really good author too. This book has completely described how Bethany got through the journey of losing an arm and going on the road to bearing with it. She tells how it was a gift of god she is still here today, and how she can still do everything she wants to do. I totally love this book and its for everyone who needs some motivation in life. I rate it a 9/10

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  40. Jasmyn said:

    I think Bethany Hamilton has written a great book about her life story. Bethany Hamilton is such a strong and courageous girl as she has been through so much at such a young age. I think it is great that she has shared this story because this is always a risk to anyone when swimming or surfing out in the ocean. This book is amazing and so inspiring to younger girls and the girls my age. It was so great how all her friends helped her get to hospital. I would recommend this book to girls and boys about the age of 10-16. I would give this book a 9/10.

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  41. darcieshum said:

    This book and Movie is so inspirational! There are a lot of moments in this were it is sad and happy. It is a wonderful and intreating book and movie on a amazing Surfer Bethany Hamilton. She is a inspiration to me and millions of others as well. In this book and also the movie she tells us about the experience of the attack, how her life changed and about her surfing career. I love this book so much because it makes you aware that anything can happen to anyone even if you are a good person like Bethany. Her courage and determination to get back on the board after a life changing disaster is inspiring, I think if I was bitten by a Shark It would take me a millions more times than it took her to recover! She faces many challenges everyday, yet overcomes them with the help of her family and friends especially Alana Blanchard who is a Pro Surfer as well and now. I recommend this book to 10-14 year olds because there are a few moments in the book and movie which may be confronting and I rate it 9/10.

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  42. Georgette T said:

    I absolutely love Soul Surfer because it is such an inspiring story. My favourite character is obviously Bethany because she has very strong determination and persistence. My favourite scene is when Bethany finally can get up on the surf board after her accident. I would definitely not change anything about this movie because it is so great! I recommend this movie for people above the age of 11. I rate this movie a 10/10.

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  43. This book is so inspirational, sad and happy at the same time! It is a wonderful true story about Bethany Hamilton the professional surfer who was attacked by a shark at the age of thirteen. In this book she tells us about the experience of the attack, how her life changed and about her surfing career. Bethany is such inspirational person because, instead of giving up and thinking she cannot acheive her goal…she recovered and became a pro surfer for rip curl. In this book we read about her life prior to the attack, and the struggles and difficulties after. She didn’t think she would physically ever be able to surf competitively again…but she became a much stronger and braver person and achieved her goals. Bethany’s story teaches us that we can do all things, if we just set our mind to it! This is a great easy read and will teach you many life lessons. I definantly recommend it!

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  44. Tahlia said:

    I think this book is such a moving story and it tells you what happened and how Bethany copes with her arm. This is a book I would recommend this book to year 6’s and over because I don’t think it is appropriate for younger kids because it is to sad!!!! I would rate this book a 10/10 because it moved me!!!!

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  45. Maddy said:

    This book is so inspirational! I have recently watched the movie and it is a MUST that everyone sees it! I love how Bethany keeps on going through her life even though it is really tough! If I got my arm bitten off by a shark, I would never go back into the ocean again! She is a very strong and determined women who is an inspiration to everyone! I love Bethany how she has persisted through those very dark times in her life but still managed to continue! I rate this book a 9 out of 10 for it’s outstanding events!

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  46. Molly said:

    I loved this book ‘Soul Surfer’ so much, it was so inspiring! This book and movie is about a girl called Bethany Hamilton who is an amazing and dedicated surfer, but something goes tragically wrong. I love this book so much because it helps you be aware of the real life events and tragedies that can happen, and that it is based on a true story. I recommend reading this book or watching this movie to all ages as my family and I loved it. I rate this movie a 9/10 🙂

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  47. Claudia said:

    This film is a very inspiring movie that shows true courage and independence. Bethany is such an amazing young girl and for her true story to turn into such a fantastic movie is a miracle in itself! The messages this book gives are such good ones to have in life. I recommend this movie to anyone and everyone. 10/10 from me 🙂

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  48. Dominique said:

    I read this book a while ago and recently watched the movie.Bethany Hamilton has to be one of the most strongest person after being attacked being attached by a shark. I find it amazing how this book is based on real events. The book has so many messages in it and everyone should be reading it!. I love in the book how she doesn’t give up one her dreams and proves that even if something bad happens you just have to keep your head up. i rate this a 9/10 🙂

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  49. I have recently recommend the movie Soul Surfer and have recently read the book and WOW this book is a must read! It is similar to soul surfer but a lot more personal as it is Written by the very own Bethany Hamilton. This book is just as inspiring as the movie the feeling is just as good to you feel as though you can really connect with Bethany. My favourite part of the book is where she goes ‘It counted it totally counted’ because it did not really to the competition but it did to her and it was touching to hear that. My favourite characters in the book would have to be Bethany as she showed all the readers anything is possible because with 1 arm she can surf and inspire people and never quit. But also one other favourite is her best friend Alanah it would of been hard seeing her friend go through such a traumatic experience but yet she stuck my her and even got her self disqualified out of a surf heat just to push Bethany’s not so nice competitor. Please ready this because I promise a memorable read this book is suitable to 12 years and up and rate this a 9.5 out of 10!

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  50. Daisy said:

    This is one of the most inspiring stories because its true. I really enjoyed watching this movie soul surfer and I feel that Bethany Hamilton is a very strong, inspiring and brave young person. She showed me that you can do anything if you want to, and if you try hard you can achieve the best. Her character is very loud, funny and cheeky and has the best characteristics. Her family is really close and it all connects to surfing. This movie is great for surfers or just people that want to be inspired. I would rate it a 9.5/10

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  51. This is such an inspirational movie and has a huge range of famous actors. I love how it’s based on a true story portrayed a picture for you of the adversity she had and the lengths she went to, to overcome her dream of surfing again. It kind of makes you realise how lucky you are and how we complain about the little things when people have it to much harder than us. I rate this movie a 9/10 and I recommend it to anyone over the age of 10.

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  52. Molly said:

    this book really opened up my eyes to look on the good side of life and to not worry about the little things and to get on with your life! i think it is a book for everybody because the story of the young girl is such a strong and powerful message to mak use of in everyday life!

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  53. Gemma Morison said:

    This book has a really good story line if your into the beach or inspirational books this is the one to read it has excellent actors and is a really interesting book. Bethany is a pro surfer who lives in hawaii with her family. One day when she goes tot he beach with her friend finds herself in an ambulance with no arm. She was 13 when it happend so it would have been truly tragic for her parents and family. After her accident in the hospital everyone thought she would never surf,swim or compete anymore but she would never give up.
    I rate this book a 8/10 it has a really good story line but the one rate down is for a scary scene when I dont really like scary things. I really enjoyed this as it taught me to follow my dreams.

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  54. Laura said:

    Soul Surfer is an amazing story! it is so inspirational because it is a true story. It really brought tears to my eyes at some points. I could read the book over and over again. The movie is great too. It is a really good example because even though Bethany got her arm chewed off but she still didn’t didn’t give up on making her dream come true. You could tell the whole story Bethany was born to surf and is great at it, there are no words for the way that Bethany handles the terrible things that happen to her, but she still tries and it all pays off. It is a wonderful book/movie that all ages could enjoy.

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  55. Soul surfer is a fantastic book it is based on a true story on real events that actually happened. this book shows you that when something bad happens you never ive up you keep on trying and this book is great. When i was little i was reading the news paper and on the front page was a girl and her arm was missing and still to this day i love her story its inspiring it sends a good message and its not fake love this book it is for any age above year 3

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  56. Lauren said:

    Soul surfer is an emotional book about a courageous surfer. Bethany Hamilton went out on a halloween morning and came back with no arm. When the shark took it she didn’t even scream, all she thought was ‘get back to the beach’, she started paddling with one arm. Her courage and determination to get back on the board after a life changing injury is inspiring. She faces many challenges, yet overcomes them with the help of her family. I recommend this book to 10-14 year old and rate it 9/10.

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  57. This movie is filled with happy but yet so sad times, and i would recommend it to anybody out there.

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  58. I LOVE THIS BOOK + MOVIE!!!!!!!!!
    This book is about a 13 year old girl who looses her arm in a shark attack while surfing. She describes the frightening attack but she also explains how she goes on after the life changing injury. I am 12 so almost the same age, and the way Bethany guides herself through her pain and incident and i couldn’t imagine in 1000 years my self in that poison. i highly recommend this book to EVERYONE!!! Have fun reading!

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  59. SOUL SURFER!! because this is a non-fiction this is one of the most inspiring book she tough me to never give and that no mater what you have you can do anything and when every i’m about to give up i think of Bethany Hamilton this is the best read it or if you don’t read it watch the movie not as good but still amazing i rate to 10000/10000

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  60. Claudia said:

    I love this movie!!! This is a very moving true story of a girl that can never be stopped! She is very persistence and will never give up! The way she can recover from her incident and continue surfing is amazing! this a great movie and i recommend it to everyone! 10/10

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  61. Madie.C said:

    This non-fiction story is very powerful and I can not believe that even though she lost one of her arms when she was bitten by a shark, she did not want to stop doing what she loved, which was surfing. I just loved it that she found a way to get back out there and surf again, even though she only had one arm. I thought it was a really inspiring book and would recommend it to any age group, i give it 9/10.

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  62. Isobel said:

    I loved this book and the movie I was always slipping out of my seat wondering what the next seen was I really felt like I was in the book standing there watching everything that was happening. It was so sad at some parts and so intense I cried I have to admit!!! My favourite character is definitely Bethany because she was sooooooooooo inspiring and brave. She was so inspiring to me that I actually did a speech on her in primary school!!! I love surfing now and rate the book a definite 10/10 I would also recommend it to anyone! Also there is some cool pictures in the middle!!!

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  63. Catalina said:

    I loved this book it is so interesting but sad at the same time. It is a true story about a young surfer named Bethany who was attacked by a shark, how she overcame this and surfed again. It shows how family and friends can get us through tough times and how we can face our fears no matter how difficult or terrifying. My favourite character is Bethany because she is so brave and faces this huge difficulty but still continues doing the things she loves. I would rate this book 9/10 because I love surfing and am inspired by Bethany Hamilton but this book is a bit sad.

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  64. clem traynor miner said:

    soul surfer
    This book is about a 13 year old girl who looses her arm in a shark attack while surfing. She describes the frightening attack but she also explains how she goes on after the life changing injury. Only a month after the attack she builds up the courage to go back in the water and learn how to surf with only one arm. It highlights how faith and her family is what got her through this very difficult time. It is a true story that give inspiration and hope.

    i really enjoyed it and i would read it again.

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  65. Alex.M said:

    I enjoyed the book at the start because it was interesting and I was excited about it by near the end it got boring because she was just going over the same ideas like her faith and being in the spotlight. The very end was good though because it was interesting to see what AnnaSophia and Bethany answered to all the questions. Overall I would say that it was an alright book and I would suggest it to 13years+ and it’s probably more for girls and Christians. I would rate this book 5/10.

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  66. Jess Farley said:

    I really enjoyed reading Soul Surfer as it was an inspirational book. I really admire Bethany Hamilton in her determination as she lost her arm in a shark attack and focused on getting back into surfing with just one arm. It shows to never give up on anything even when something like this happened and will be for the rest of your life. I have watched the movie to and really enjoyed it too. I thought to myself you never know what life is going to throw at you anything could happen to you unexpectedly. I recommend this book to anyone and to watch the movie.

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  67. I think soul surfer is the best book ever! It is a inspirational story about a surfer girl named bethany who lives in Hawaii and had her arm was bitten of by a shark when she was surfing at north shore with her best friend Alana Blanchard. She was 13 when she lost her arm. When she was in the hospital they had to shock her back to life because her heart stopped from loosing 60% of her blood. After the attack everyone thought that she would never surf again. But she got up on her 3rd wave and practiced really hard so she could become a pro like she had dreamed of since she was little. In her first surf comp after the attack she got dunked a lot and broke her board. This made her frustrated as she started to think she might never be able to be a pro. She decided to think of it as a chance to share gods love with everyone and went on to share his faith to the world and show what she believed in. She came 5th in nationals and the next year she won nationals. She became a pro surfer a]with her best friend Alana Blanchard. It shows to never give up even when bad things happen because you can accomplish anything with faith and determination. it says in the book that God has plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future, and thats how Bethany decided to think an managed become a pro surfer and accomplish her dream. I loved this book and the movie. I watch the movie basically every week. I rate it a 10/10 because it is the best book ever and its good for anyone to read and will help you realise that you have to live your life because you only have one life so you have to enjoy it and life it right. Its taught me to make light when bad things happen to make others feel good and to live the life you wanna live. I recommend for everyone to read this book and watch the movie.

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  68. This is a really inspirational book about a girl who got her arm bitten off by a shark while she was surfing with her family. She was 13 when it happend so it would have been truly tragic for her parents and family. After her accident everyone thought she would never surf,swim or compete anymore but she never gave up. Bethany fought her way to the top once again.
    I rate this book a 10/10 because it has a fantastic story line and its really inspirational.

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  69. Jemimah said:

    it has a really good story line if your into the beach or inspirational books this is the one to read it has brilliant actors and is a really nice book. Bethany is a pr surfer who lives in hawaii with her family. One day when she goes tot he beach with her friend finds herself in an ambulance with no arm. She was 13 when it happend so it would have been truly tragic for her parents and family. After her accident in the hospital everyone thought she would never surf,swim or compete anymore but she would never give up.

    I rate this book a 9/10 it has a really good story line but the one rate down is for a scary scene when I dont really like scary things.

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  70. If you are in to surfing and the beach this is the book for you it’s about a girl thats been surfing for her whole life and one day she get attacked by a shark but she fight back to get in the water and teaches her self to surf again with one arm. Its very inspiring after reading it I really thought to myself you never know what life is going to throw at you anything could happen to you unexpectedly.My favourite part is she never gave up and she kept trying till she got it.Thats why I think everyone should read it and give it a try.

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  71. Caitlin said:

    One beautiful morning in Hawaii, Bethany Hamilton and her best friend Alanah were waiting for the perfect wave when Bethany saw something grey swim past in the water. She didn’t really think about until she felt a yank at her arm. She turned and found herself staring into the eyes of a 15 foot shark! as soon as the shark let go Bethany told Alanah’s dad what had happened and she had one thought on her mind the whole way there: Get to the Beach! Bethany Hamiltons story spread around the world at record speed. Her life changed
    after the shark attack as she knew she would probably never surf again. But she wasn’t going to just give up strait away because she knew everyone believed in her even though things would be difficult. Bethany got back on her board and got her surf back!
    Bethany is such an inspirational person and I’m sure a lot of people would agree with me!
    I rate Soul Surfer 10/10!
    Well done Bethany!

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  72. Sarah said:

    Bethany Hamilton is my biggest role model! I love the fact that she got back on the board and kept trying and she achieved her goal of becoming an world wide famous surfer. She inspired people in all different ways and I love the book so much, and I love the fact that it is a completely true story and that she hasn’t stretched anything! My favorite part in the book is when she gets back on the board. It is a truly inspirational story and I give it 10/10

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  73. Aleisha said:

    I really like this because I really like watching people surf and sometimes I just wonder how they do all those moves. But I also think that this books a a big meaning being it and I think that this is that we should never give up no matter what happens. I really found that her story is truly amazing to everyone. I really enjoyed chapters 5, 6 and 7 because it went through heaps of her thoughts and what it was like. I think that I am really enjoying this book because I don’t particularly like reading but every since I’ve started reading this book I have struggled to but it down because it so inspirational and true. I think I would rate the book 10 out of 10

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  74. Soul surfer is an amazing book !!!! I would recommend this book to anyone because it is such an inspiring book to read. Soul surfer is about a a girl called bethany hamilton, she lived in north shore and loved to surf. at the age of 13 she was attacked by a shark and lost her arm. She thought she would never be able to surf again, but with the support from her family and her persistence she was up and riding the waves once again. Even if your not into surfing this is a great book to read and you will definitely enjoy it!

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  75. jemimah f said:

    The book “Soul Surfer” is an inspiring story of a girl who lost her arm in a shark attack and nearly died. Bethany Hamilton was only 13 when she was attacked.Bethany Hamilton is now a pro surfer, and is ranked on top of all women in the world, she is also received the 2004 teen choice award for Courage .even if your not pro surfer its agreat book to have a read ofshe really is and inspiring person and a great role model

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  76. Corrin said:

    This is a story about one girl who denied all the odds. It is a great book, full of emotion and determination. Even if you’re not a fanatic surfer, as I know I’m not, it is a beautiful novel pouring with courage and persistence. Bethany Hamilton truly is an amazing and athletic girl. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a heart felt story full of inspiration. This book shows us that we can do anything if we just believe. I rate this uplifting novel a 9 and a half out of 10. Soul Surfer is a story you should put on the top of your list to read.

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  77. Soul surfer is truly an amazing and inspiring story about a girl called Bethany Hamilton. It is an autobiography about when Bethany was out surfing and was attacked by a shark. It was amazing to read about her determination to get back out in the water even after everything she has been through. It has certainly inspired me to do things even though sometimes they may have gone bad, but to just keep on persisting. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs a little inspiration or encouragement. I rate Soul Surfer 10/10! It’s just amazing!

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  78. Genna said:

    This is an amazing book. Bethany has a really different life to me, and it is so interesting to read all about it. It has a strong and inspirational story behind it and I really love reading about it. I wanted to read more and more each time and I couldn’t put down the book. I definitely recommend this to anyone at all. I rate it 10/10

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  79. POSSIBLEY ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ! it is an autobiography about a 14 year old girl who was virtually a pro surfer and after having been attacked by a shard we whiteness her journey as she works her way back up to the top! when reading the book it is hard to imagine somebody with so much resilience to keep going after such a bad thing has happened to! the book includes pictures of bethany Hamilton’s life and even has its own hollywood movie based on the book.

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  80. I was truly inspired by this story. It was sad but it was such an amazing book! Bethany doesn’t give up despite how hard it would be to lose an arm. If that was me I would be terrified to even go near the ocean again. I would probably never have the guts to try either, but she does and she uses that to her advantage. She faces her fears and tries to go back to her old life. It makes me feel like such a woos for feeling scared over the most harmless things. I loved this book and I can’t wait to watch the movie that has just recently come out. I think it will be sad though. 🙂

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  81. alanah said:

    Bethany is a girl who loves to surf. One day when she was surfing with her friend Alana when she was 13 she was surfing and she lost her arm to a 15 foot shark. Bethany is now still surfing and she is a true insperation for everyone one that to never give up. Bethany was a very brave girl and her book is really good and hard to believe that she just hasent given up surfing because she has only 1 arm but she is still out surfing and it dosent bother her. This is for anyone who likes surfing and a good story about to never give up. I give this a book a 9/10

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  82. I found this book truly inspirational.This is my favourite book of all time. Bethany was defiantly born to surf. Even though she only has one arm she has achieved as much as a person with two arms could. I was amazed that when she got bitten by the shark that she stayed calm. If it happened to me I don’t think I could be calm. I loved this book it is inspirational and it makes you realise how lucky we are to have two arms. I give this book a 10 out of 10. I would recommend it for any one who like inspirational and true stories, also for surfers.

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  83. Grace Carroll said:

    Soul Surfer is an amazing book that is very inspirational, Bethany is a girl who is born to surf, she can’t live with out. Suddenly one fatal morning surf changes everything. Bethany lost her arm to a shark……Today Bethany is surfing in the ASP surfing circut and has one many medals with one arm. I fist read Soul Surfer in 2008 and i have looked up to Bethany ever since. Bethany’s story is such an inspirational, true story, she is really amazing. She put all her faith in God and never gave up. Being a surfer myself I can understand how hard it is o push your self up with one arm. I even tried it once! My attempt was a COMPLETE fail, this shows that Bethany is fighter. This book is for everyone who is looking for a good read, especially surfers. I give this book a 10/10.

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  84. Cassie said:

    This book was such an inspiring story. I couldn’t put it down when I first started the book. The courage and strength that she shows is extraorary, and the fact that after the attack she asks when she can surff again?! I loved this book and i’m positive that anyone else will. I recommend it to anybody and everybody because it is a great book.

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  85. Soul Surfer is a very inspiring book. Bethany was a very strong girl to keep on going with life even though one of her arms had been bitten off by a shark. Having one arm never got in the way of Bethany’s life. She kept on persisting to get on with life and to keep on doing the things that she loved to do. This is a great autobiography and i recommend to everybody!

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  86. This book is one of the best books I have read. I like this book because it is a true story. Bethany Hamilton has true courage and all her family is behind her 100%. This book is great and once I had started reading it I couldn’t put it down. This book amazed me, Bethany had so much courage and passion to surf that, it seemed like nothing could get in her way! There is no way that i could have a least favourite part in this book, it’s a book that I would never want to have an ending to it. The type of people who would enjoy and enjoy this book are people who enjoy reading about sport and true stories. I think the message in this book is to have determination, courage and and believe that you can make your dreams come true no matter what circumstance you come from. This book I would recommend to anyone.

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  87. AMAZING BOOK! I loved this book! I absoultley hate surfing! But this book was amazing! Bethany is such a role model for students at SHC! Particually year 7 and 8’s beacuse she was 13 when the attack happened……. the same age as 7 & 8’s.

    I couldnt put this book down and I read it like 10 times.
    The pictures really made you understand what she went through.

    I recommend this book to everyone because its just so well writen!

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  88. A girls strong passion for surfing! Bethany Hamilton is one day surfing at her most loved beach spot when she fill’s a tugging on her arm thats when everything starts to fall apart. But will Bethany soon overcome her fear of sharks and go back into the water. If you want to find out i Recommend you read the book it is inspiring and what she does in the book will just amaze you. 🙂

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  89. The Author Bethany Hamilton is also the main character in the book, she is a young teenager who was born into a surfing family. Her mum, dad and two older brothers all surf. Bethany had always dreamed of becoming a pro surfer but one day the waves weren’t big and she was out surfing with her best friend Alana and Alana’s dad when a shark bite Bethany’s arm off. But even though Bethany only has one arm she still loves to surf every day. This is an inspiring moving true story for any surfer about a young girl who loves to surf. Bethany Hamilton is a true Soul Surfer.

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  90. i recently read this book it was a fantastic novel about how a brave girl Bethany Hamilton deals with having only one arm after having the other one ripped off when she was in a shark attack. It really makes you think about how fast things can happen and your life is changed forever. This book is a really good true story. I think Bethany Hamilton is so brave to go back out into the water, if that was me id be really scared to lol sharks are scary!. 🙂

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  91. This is an inspiring book for any young surfers. After Bethany lost her arm in a shark attack she never thought she would be able to surf again. Due to persistence, courage and self-belief she finally got back on the board and on the way to the top.

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  92. I have read the book called soul surfer. A true story of amazing courage and passion for fighting for her dream of getting back on the surf board. Bethany Hamilton was attacked by a shark when she was out surfing, her injuries were so fatal that she lost one of her arms in the attack.

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  93. this book is about the surfing and the life of Bethany Hamilton. one day bethany was surfing in her favourite spot and her best friend alana was watching her surf. then out of noo where, she felt a tug on her arm and then the water around her was turing reddd! bethany realised that her arm was gone so she tried to paddle back to shore as quickly as possible. as soon as she got out of shore she was taken straight to hospital. her arm was bitten of by a shark. most people would like this story its a great book and tells a true story
    and it so interesting. it really makes you wonder what its like getting bitten by a shark. i recommed for older readers 🙂 xx

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  94. this is a great interesting book:)
    this book is abut a girl bethany who went on holidays to surf,her favourite place! while she was surfing she felf somthing tug her arm suddenly the water around her started twirling around and around.all dark red blood started to surround her, there was a shark! her arm was bitten off!! she quickly swam back with 1 arm. she was quickly rushed to hospital. i love books when yu dont know what happened to them because you want to read another one,the second one! hopfull they get a second one because i really enjoyed it!:) thankyou

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  95. this book is about the surfing life of Bethany Hamilton. Bethany was surfing at her favorite spot and she was with her best friend Alana. all of a sudden she felt a tug on her arm and then the water around her was starting to turnred. bethany realised that her arm was gone so she tried to paddle back to shore. she was raced to hospital. her arm was bitten of by a shark. most people would like this story its a great book and tells a true story 🙂

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  96. This is a brilliant and inspiring book about thirteen year old Bethany Hamilton. Bethany was surfing at her favorite spot with her best friend Alana when she felt a ‘tug’ on her arm and saw the water around her turn red. when she realized her arm was gone she calmly paddled back to shore one armed. She was then rushed to hospital and underwent a miraculous recovery and she eventually learnt to surf with one armed.
    This girl is a true inspiration to everyone and tells a true story about determination and recovery that inspired many around the world.
    I rate this book a 5/5 and recommend it to everyone who wants to get a truly good feeling after you finish.

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  97. this book really opened up my eyes to look on the good side of life and to not worry about the little things and to get on with your life! i think it is a book for everybody because the story of the young girl is such a strong and powerful message to mak use of in everyday life!

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  98. This story is about as inspirational and meaningful as you can get. It speaks of a deeper faith and helps you to see the world out of someone else’s eyes who have a positive outlook.
    Bethany loves to surf, as does the rest of her family except for one brother (who boogie boards). She’s down at one of her favourite spots to surf with a friend and her family when she felt a ’sharp tug’ feeling on the side of her arm. Seeing the water go red she is rushed as fast as possible to hospital after she PADDLES most of the way to the beach with ONE ARM.
    Bethany’s love and faith got her through her ordeal and she came out a mentor for others that the only way to believe… is to believe with all your heart.
    I’m terrified of sharks and can’t even imagine going through what she did without wanting to throw up from fright. She is inspiring.
    The book is beautiful and gives you a wider look of faith and the lives of surfers. Anyone cold read it.

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  99. This book review is on Soul Surfer written by Bethany Hamilton. Beth Hamilton was 13 and was surfing with her best friend Alana when she was attacked by a 15 foot shark. She was rushed to the hospital and taken care of immediately. She lost her left arm and the dream of becoming a professional surfer, but she still believed she had a chance. She was helped by many people and her dream became possible when she gathered up the strength to get back up on the board. Bethany Hamilton’s story is an overall good book with good morals and events. I would recommend Soul Surfer for several reasons. The first reason is that it is inspirational to handicapped people. Bethany gives advice to help people that are not as fortunate as we and tells them to never give up. This book can also be an inspiration for surfers because she gives detailed descriptions about how surfers live. Soul Surfer is an inspirational and outstanding book!

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