The Girl And The Shark

The Girl And The Shark is a work of fiction. In this story I have tried to verbalize a language that has no words, that lies behind the eyes, solemn and mysterious. I could not have written this story without the generous support of Cristina Zenato, a girl who does exist, and who saved the lives of many sharks. The red wooden box in this story is hers. The sharks described, including their names, are hers. Nor could I have written this story without the existence of the larger community of shark conservationists whose work, openness and intelligence I’ve come to admire so much. It’s my hope that this little story will help contribute to their great cause, which truly should be one that is close to all of our hearts, as our very existence depends on it. 

The illustrated minibook (15€ in book & giftshops, 20€ through direct sales) is from September onwards for sale at numerous book- and giftshops around the globe. You can also order a copy by sending an email to with your full address. Half of the proceeds are donated to Sea Shepherd 🏴‍☠️ Reading Sample

The sharks and I thank you for your support! 🧜‍♀️🦈 


Amsterdam: Mendo Books, Island Boekholt, Zwart Op Wit, Mulder, Sea Shepherd Store
New York: McNally Jackson 
Miami: Books&Books, Mandarin Oriental Giftshop 
Darthmouth, MA: Davolls General Store
Porto Cervo, Italy: Sea Shepherd Store @ Promenadu du Port
Deventer: Praamstra
Middelburg: De Drukkerij

Sophie van der Stap