Neighborhood Sharks is now on sale!

Every September the great white sharks return to San Francisco. While their 800,000 human neighbors dine on steak, salad, and sandwiches, the white sharks hunt for their favorite meal... But HOW do they do it? Katherine's author/illustrator debut swims into stores September 30, 2014!


Neighborhood Sharks

How do California’s Farallon white sharks hunt their favorite prey? Katherine’s debut book, out from Roaring Brook Press in Fall 2014.

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EX2HB_3D_CoverWEBThe Expeditioners

The adventure continues in the second book in the series! Hitting stores in September 2014. By S. S. Taylor, illustrated by Katherine Roy.

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The Expeditioners

Full of kid power, clues, codes and maps, the first novel in the Expeditioners series! By S. S. Taylor, illustrated by Katherine Roy.

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Buried Beneath Us

Where did the people of ancient America succeed, and where did they fail? By Anthony Aveni, illustrated by Katherine Roy.

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Praise for Neighborhood Sharks

  • If you read only one children’s shark book in all your livelong days, read this one. Disgusting. Delicious. Delightful.
    —Betsy Bird, School Library Journal
  • Roy explores how this region became a popular dining venue for sharks, considering such factors as the seasonal arrival of young seals packed with a fifty-percent body mass of tasty blubber; the physiological attributes that make sharks apex predators; and the ocean current and weather pat- terns that draw the krill, that draw the seals, that draw the sharks. She also... supplies the watercolor illustrations, which are a successful melding of gory hunting scenes and effective diagrams.
    —The Bulletin
  • It's a feeding frenzy every fall off San Francisco, according to this necessarily gory kid magnet.
    —SF Chronicle Holiday Gift Guide
  • We’ve never truly had a shark book that’s as accomplished and stunning as Katherine Roy’s Neighborhood Sharks. It’s crazy to contemplate that though shark books are never unpopular, only now did someone take the time and effort to give them a publication worthy of their terror and awe.
    —Betsy Bird, School Library Journal
  • The book's watercolor illustration jump out with a fierce beauty; there's plenty of blood in the water, of course.
    —The New York Times Book Review
  • Roy’s reverence for her subject is evident in her majestic underwater scenes, while light humor and rich content round out a standout resource for shark enthusiasts. 
    —Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
  • Katherine Roy’s magically paced book filled breathtaking illustrations just might change the way that I look at nonfiction.
    —Colby Sharp
  • Neighborhood Sharks is the best book I've ever read about sharks. Fascinating and original!
    —Mr. Schu
  • This engaging narrative describes the annual white shark migration to San Francisco's Farallon Islands... Numerous shark-themed informational books have been published in recent years, and this unique treatment deserves a spot on most library shelves.
    —Booklist Review
  • Look closely at the cover of this impressive account of great white sharks off the Northern California coast: that bright red in the illustration is blood trailing from a chunk of freshly killed immature elephant seal - and a signal that Roy's book will fully examine the sometimes chilling, always fascinating details of what makes this animal a predator. 
    —The Horn Book (starred review)
  • For this debut picture book, the author joined researchers who tag and follow these sharks, and she's distilled their findings in a way that's sure to attract young readers... Full of the eww factor, up-to-date facts and kid appeal, this splendid, gory introduction is not for the faint of heart! 
    —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • The action-packed illustrations, rendered in watercolor and pencil with some digital work, are both accurate and captivating. Pair this one with Gail Gibbons’s Sharks (Holiday House, 1992) or Seymour Simon’s Incredible Sharks (Chronicle, 2003). ✭ 
    —School Library Journal (starred review)
  • Consider Ms. Roy a debut to watch.
    —Betsy Bird, School Library Journal