Sarah and the Big Wave: The True Story of the First Woman to Surf Mavericks

by Bonnie Tsui (Author) Sophie Diao (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Have you ever seen a big wave? One that's twenty, thirty, forty, even fifty feet tall? Here's a better question: Would you ever surf a big wave?

Sarah Gerhardt did--and this is her story. This tale of perseverance and indomitable spirit is about the first woman to ride the waves at Mavericks, one of the biggest and most dangerous surf breaks in the world.

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A sunny surf vacation from start to finish.
Bonnie Tsui

Bonnie Tsui is a debut children's author and a writer for The New York Times. Her books for grown-ups include Why We Swim and the award-winning American Chinatown. She lives (and surfs) in the Bay Area.

Sophie Diao is an artist in San Francisco and illustrator of the picture book I Am the Wind. As research for Sarah and the Big Wave, she surfed a wave that she's pretty sure was over one foot tall. She loves illustrating natural wonders and is the talent behind many a Google Doodle.

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Henry Holt & Company
Publication date
May 20, 2021
BISAC categories
JNF007120 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Women
JNF051000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | General
JNF054150 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Sports & Recreation | Water Sports
Library of Congress categories
United States
Women surfers
Gerhardt, Sarah

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