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Charleston Dad Writes Children’s Book About a ‘Friendly’ Bull Shark



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Oceanic life is beautifully captured in a new children’s book written by local author Brian L. Tucker. “The Scary, Gray Shark” is the adventure of Zella, a fourteen foot bull shark alone at sea.

Zella pulls readers along on a quest to find a friend, including an octopus, and a manatee. With unexpected luck, Zella swims upon Leah, a kind-hearted dolphin.

Children will love seeing the unlikely pair meet, and the book is a perfect instructional aid for children who’ve experienced bullying firsthand.

A new father himself, Tucker has garnered quite a few recent children’s books in their home library. Combining his love of the ocean with the message of anti-bullying, he decided to write a book showcasing how a shark might handle adversity at sea.

“Many children do not get to see what a truly special gift friendship is. I wanted to create a book that would be fun and imaginative while also encouraging children to explore what makes friendship work and bullying never okay,” Tucker said.

Published by Black Rose Writing, “The Scary, Gray Shark” is now available for pre-order, with a 15% off code: PREORDER2019, at checkout: It will be available on Amazon beginning January, 2nd 2020 and at select Charleston area bookstores and retail outlets.

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About the Author

Brian L. Tucker is an author and academic advisor in Charleston, S.C. For more than half a decade, Tucker has written books in a variety of genres, including two YA novels, an illustrated historical novella, one poetry chapbook, and a short story collection.

Tucker has a master’s of fine arts in creative writing from the Bluegrass Writers Studio of Eastern Kentucky University. He lives in West Ashley with his wife and daughter. He enjoys Saturdays with these two and their rescue cat, Jodi.

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