Wednesday, February 27, 2013

the secret zoo

ned & i are knee-deep into a new book,
the secret zoo

here's the summary:
When three friends link a girl's disappearance to unusual activity
at their local zoo, they discover that each exhibit
holds a hidden passage to a secret zoo kingdom.
To rescue their friend, the children must band with the animals,
enter this mysterious world, and embark on an exciting adventure
in the first book of an epic series for middle-grade readers.

the kids in the book are unraveling a mystery
that clearly involves some kind of magic.
the part that i was a little unsure of
is that the kids in the story
are searching for noah's sister, megan,
who has been missing for more than three weeks.
there is no indication that she has been hurt
but it does seem that she has been kidnapped
after witnessing something secret.
the animals don't actually speak to the kids
but they are obviously on their side,
delivering messages and clues to help them.
it is getting spooky and suspenseful,
compelling us to stay up late
to read just a little bit more.
some of the chapters are only two pages long,
so it's easy to say yes
when ned asks me to read another one
before turning out the light.

we found it in his scholastic book order,
and there are several more books in the series.
read more about it here and here.


martha said...

I just adore children's books and children's art...
must look for this...sounds really fun!

emily eyer-ryder said...

send it to me next :)

catie said...

hi, martha! yes, this one was written with the middle-school age in mind, but it is a fun read for adults, too. those short chapters make it so i keep on reading!

hi, emmy! i think you would love it. it would be a good escape from your college grind ♥

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