Blog Tour and Giveaway for How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel


How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel by Jess Keating

Age Range: 9 – 12 years

Grade Level: 4 – 7

Series: My Life Is a Zoo (Book 2)

Paperback: 304 pages

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (January 6, 2015)


What would life be like if you lived in a zoo? Just ask Ana Wright…

After becoming the zoo’s most popular student ambassador, Ana Wright is facing her busiest summer yet. For the first time since her best friend Liv, left, Ana is starting to love her life- even if her family does live in a zoo. She has a whole summer away from the Sneerers, the clan of carnivorous predadors…er, girls, at her school.

But things are changing at the zoo. When Ana’s famous grandfather funds a new aquarium, and the meanest girl at school volunteers to help out, Ana’s life goes from sunny to sunk.

Now Ana’s stuck working with her arch-enemy, chasing after escaped hermit crabs, and cleaning up even more animal poop than she was before. Ana’s newest adventure has her questioning why, after finally getting her life sorted out, do things have to change again.

About the Author: 

As an author and zoologist, Jess Keating has tickled a shark, lost a staring contest against an octopus, and been a victim to the dreaded paper cut. She lives in Ontario, Canada, where she spends most of her time writing books for adventurous and funny kids. Her first fiction novel How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied received a Starred Review from Kirkus and has been nominated for a Red Maple award. Visit her online at

About the First Book:

How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes are Untied by Jess Keating

Ana Wright’s social life is now officially on the endangered list: she lives in a zoo (umm, elephant droppings!?), her best friend lives on the other side of the world, and the Sneerers are making junior high miserable. All Ana wants is to fade into the background.

Yeah, that’s not going to happen.

Creature File for Ana Wright:
Species Name: Anaphyta Normalis
Kingdom: The Zoo, Junior High
Phylum: Girls Whose Best Friend Just Moved To New Zealand; Girls Who Are Forced To Live In A Zoo With Their Weirdo Parents And Twin Brother
Weight: Classified
Feeds On: Daydreams about Zackardia Perfecticus and wish cupcakes
Life Span: Soon to become extinct due to social awkwardness

Praise for the Life is A Zoo Series

“A fun-filled, pitch-perfect book… about the perils of being 12 in a snake-eat-snake world.” – Kirkus (Starred)

“An absolutely perfect summer read.”- Girls’

“A menagerie of laugh-out-loud antics.” –Anna Staniszewski, author of The Dirt Diary

“A wild romp, filled with humor and heart.” ‾ Lisa Schroeder, author of It’s Raining Cupcakes and the Charmed Life series

“A pleasant, upbeat story and a likable protagonist…Humorous and honest, this will please a wide audience.”-Booklist



Giveaway Details:

Win a copy of How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel

Open to the US only

Ends Jan 22, 2015

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  • Reply
    Adriana Garcia
    January 9, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    I've seen the cover of How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes are Untied before. Sounds like a really fun series. I don't think I've ever read a book about a zoo… that I remember.

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    Dorothy Teel
    January 17, 2015 at 12:34 am

    I like the idea of the story being about living at the zoo and how Ana learns how to deal with girls at her school and the adventures of zoo living,. I don't think I have ever read a book with this type storyline, thank you for an new area

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