The Tristan Hunt Series of Books

Now available!

The Shark Whisperer, Book 1:

The Shark Rider is one of the best yarns you’ll ever read about the ocean, marine life, and a group of intrepid adventurous teens. They face exciting ocean challenges while working alongside a wide variety of sea creatures with amazing abilities. In fact, when I was given a pre-publication copy by Dr. Prager after a talk, a young teen tried to wrestle it from me saying, ‘I need it. I can’t wait for it to be published.’ He was right. Don’t miss it and the continuing exploits of Tristan Hunt and his friends.”—Jerry Schubel, Ph.D., President and CEO, Aquarium of the Pacific

“Tristan Hunt is back in this exciting sequel to The Shark Whisperer (2014), where the clumsy kid learned that he was meant to be a hero to endangered sea creatures. … sure to hook more fans.”–Booklist

“Tristan, with his talent for conversing with sharks, and his marine biologist creator, author Ellen Prager, use this fascinating plot to explore ecological avenues, proving that even kids can have an awesome skill that can save the planet.”–Foreword Reviews

“What do you get when you mix teenagers who can communicate with fish, a shrimp with anger management issues, a shark who can’t stand the sight of blood, and an evil villain? You get the second book in Dr. Ellen Prager’s amazingly imaginative, tautly written, just-slightly-magical, fancifully fun series. Warning: You’re likely to learn a lot too.” —Carl Safina, ocean scientist and author of  What Animals Think and Feel

“Earn your sea legs and go on an exciting eco-adventure with The Shark Rider. It’s fun, funny, informative, and my favorite part is where the characters must outrun a hurricane. And where do they get their information to track the storm – The Weather Channel, of course!” —Stephanie Abrams, On-Camera Meteorologist for The Weather Channel

The Shark Rider, Book 2:

“…packed with science laced with humor and adventure—an underwater Harry Potter, sure to inspire readers to want to dive in and experience the ocean for themselves.” — Sylvia A. Earle, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence

“A wonderful read that grips you from the very beginning. This empowering story of a group of young people who band together to save the oceans and change the world is a terrific adventure; funny, exciting, and entertaining . . . don’t miss it.” — Philippe Cousteau, Explorer and Environmental Advocate

“The book was fantastic! The book is original and fun!” – Ellie Randles, Age 12

“I work in the Children’s dept of a local bookstore. Sometimes we get advance copies of upcoming books. I had the immense pleasure of being able to read your book “Shark Whisperer”. It was amazing!   I can’t wait to recommend it to our young readers.” Joni Jense

“My son read The Shark Whisperer in one sitting, then flipped it over to read it again. “Best book of the summer!” PJ McCracken

About Ellen

Dr. Ellen Prager
Marine scientist and author, loves to spend time in, on, and under the water, write, and dream about having sea creature skills like Tristan Hunt and his friends.

Ellen is an avid ocean swimmer, scuba diver, snorkeler, kayaker, and loves to hike and play outdoors! She currently lives in Miami, Florida.

Some of Ellen’s previous and very cool jobs:

Faculty scientist at Sea Education Association, teaching oceanography on shore and aboard tall sailing ships (

Chief Scientist at Aquarius Reef Base, world’s only operating undersea research station, Ellen has done two missions living underwater for up to two weeks (

Associate Director of a small marine laboratory on Lee Stocking Island in the Bahamas.

Assistant Dean at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (

Researcher for the U.S. Geological Survey (

On-air expert for NBC News

She is now the science advisor for Celebrity Cruises ship Xpedition in the Galapagos Islands, a Safina Center Fellow and a freelance writer and consultant!!!

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