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Spring 2024

Saltwater Crocodile vs. Great Hammerhead Shark

From the Series Animal Battles

Many fierce predators lurk just below the ocean’s surface. Saltwater crocodiles use their strong jaw and huge teeth to latch on tight. But there’s no escape once a hammerhead shark has pinned its prey! Captivating text and vibrant visuals combine to breathe life into these oceanic opponents. This title also boasts a plethora of special features from fun facts and animal profiles to tooth size and secret weapons. When land and sea go head-to-head, who will be victorious? No matter the outcome, this title will be a total knockout for adventurous hi-lo readers!

Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 3
Category Hi-Lo, Nonfiction
Subject Animals
Copyright 2024
Publisher Bellwether Media
Imprint Torque
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2024-01-01
BISACS JNF003190, JNF003150, JNF051150
Graphics Full-color photographs
Dimensions 6.5 x 9
Guided Reading Level P
Features Glossary of key words, Index, and Table of contents


South Sound Book Review Council Review of Animal Battles: Saltwater Crocodile vs. Great Hammerhead Shark

Saltwater Crocodile vs. Great Hammerhead Shark by Nathan Sommer is part of a 40 book Torque set of Animal Battles. This set is geared towards third grade through seventh grade, with full color pictures and a reading level of third grade. Perfect for your reluctant readers. Each book is 24 pages and starts with a table of contents a short introduction to each of the competitors. This book includes not only a table of contents, but also headings, bolded words, glossary, index, labeled photos, and infographics for easy access to information.
All of my students in elementary really enjoy this series, especially the pages showing the secret weapons of each animal and the tooth size of the crocodile! In each book you’ll find eye-catching colorful symbols that make the information pop.
This series also includes a page referring you to Factsurfer (factsurfer.com) for additional kid friendly web sources. I liked this website and feel like it would be a great place for your young researchers to find online sources, or broaden their knowledge base. At the website you type in the title of your book, click the picture of the book cover that pops up, and then are given three age appropriate sites to go to for more information.

I find these Torque Readers a go-to in my library because I know I can count on them for their eye-catching covers and photos, their quality, and their consistency in content and readability. I love, and so do my readers, how the text is combined with the photos and graphics to make something on each page accessible to so many students. My students enjoy these immensely and often check out more than one. I highly recommend adding this collection to your library collection.

Author: Nathan Sommer