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The Secret Zoo [Kindle Edition]

Bryan Chick
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Something strange is happening at the Clarksville City Zoo. Late at night, monkeys are scaling the walls and searching the neighborhood—but what are they looking for?

Noah, his sister Megan, and their best friends, Richie and Ella, live next door to the zoo. Megan is the first to notice the puzzling behavior of some of the animals. One day Megan disappears, and her brother and their friends realize it's up to them to find her. Their only choice is to follow a series of clues and sneak into the zoo. But once inside, will they discover there's much more to the Clarksville City Zoo than they could ever have guessed?

Editorial Reviews


“An action-packed and breathless story about teamwork . . . the story should appeal both to animal-lovers and a broader audience.”

About the Author

Bryan Chick is the author of the Secret Zoo series. He originally had the idea for the series when he was a nine-year-old and wondered what would happen if zoo exhibits had secret doors that allowed children to go inside . . . and the animals to come outside. Bryan Chick lives with his wife and three children in Clarkston, Michigan.

Product Details

  • File Size: 466 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061987506
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Reprint edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003MVZ3WE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,406 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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286 of 299 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Caution March 26, 2013
Just a caution. My 11 year old was enjoying this book, until he came to this part: page 198: "...his mother fell down the stairs... [she] was hurt so badly that she couldn't move; she'd broken her legs and an arm, and she had other internal damage. Little Frederick was the only person who could help. but being so young [9] and frightened, he didn't know what to do. He simply held his mother at the bottom of the stairs and screamed. By the time they were discovered, Frederick's mother had died."

I felt that was a little unnecessarily traumatic. If your child is a gentle soul, or a hero-type like mine, this may be a little disturbing. It gave him bad dreams. I would have liked to have known about this before he started reading it, so maybe another parent will benefit from the fore-knowledge.
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90 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS SURE TO BE A HIT! December 12, 2008
By J. Bond
I am a third grade teacher who is still reading this book to my class...and we are ADDICTED to it! It is one of the best books I have read to my class in a long time. The book is filled with descriptive language, suspense, and a lot of action and adventure. My students beg me to read more and more each day. We have had a lot of great discussions and have applied the story to many of our literacy lessons...especially with vocabulary. I can only imagine that with more exposure, this book is going to be a hit. I can even see it becoming a successful movie! We are looking forward to the next book in the series!
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book for all ages!! October 12, 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Although this book is aimed at the 9-12 year old range I can't put it down myself! I bought it as a read-aloud for my children but have gotten so wrapped up in the characters and story line that I haven't gotten around to reading it to my kids yet. If you think the cover is beautiful wait until the experience of the mental pictures the author provides with his detailed and exquisit writing. I can't wait to pick up the book and start the next chapter!
A wonderful addition to anyone's household!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and spell binding November 1, 2007
This was a great read! This adventure series seems like it will be as good as or even better than the Narnia series. I can't wait for the next one! It captured your attention from the beginning to end and is perfect for boys or girls. I ended up buying several more copies as gifts for my nephews and Godchild.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids with love it - even boys! March 17, 2009
I lead a book club with my son's class each year. He is in 4th grade. Our group read The Secret Zoo this winter. All 7 kids loved it! I assigned pages each week and they complained every week about having to wait to read on. They stopped me in the halls to discuss what they thought was going to happen next.

They story is unique and very well told. While some parents may be put off by the "missing child" in the beginning of the story, we must remember that adult imagination is far more dark than a child's imagination when it comes to that topic - it never occurred to my group that she wouldn't be found, safe and sound. They were more excited about how she would be found. The vivid descriptions get the kids started in the right direction, but then let imagination take over.

The 4 heroes of book have traits with which every kid can identify. The characters bring a lot of humor to the books, especially Ella and Richie. My son was laughing out loud at times. The resolution is intense, but the humor and quick pace keeps it from getting too frightening.

The concept of the story really intrigued my group. I know when I took my son to the zoo a couple weeks after reading it, he found all sorts of potentials "secret zoo" entrances.

So, I have 7 kids anxiously awaiting the start of book club next year so they can find out what the Adventure Scouts are up to next. They've passed the book on to friends so my book club may be a little larger next year! Kids excited about reading - isn't that every parents dream?!

FYI - I also read The Secret Zoo aloud to my 1st grader and she loved it, too!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! October 29, 2007
I got this book for my 8 year old daughter with intentions of reading it out loud to her. The trouble is, when she goes to bed or school I find myself reading ahead to see what happens next! This story really pulls you in and makes you want to know what happens next. I'm ready for the next book in this series!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read for the family February 14, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The Secret Zoo is a fun read for the whole family. I first purchased it as an audiobook that my family listened to on a road trip, and we loved it. Fantasy is not my favorite genre, especially for children's literature...and not for my kids either, who prefer action/outdoor adventure books. This story has enough elements of mystery and adventure that we were all able to get past the idea thats its completely unrealistic. I guess that's what fantasy is all about, which is why I don't generally choose it. We dreaded our gas stops because we didn't want to stop, and my husband made us pause it when he would go in so he didn't miss anything. We liked it enough to come home and pre-order the sequel, hopefully we'll like it as well. My eight year old wants to dive right in, but we will probably read it as a family as well, since its a tough read for the younger kids. I gave 4 stars only because some of the magical elements in the book are pretty far fetched, with no plausible basis in the real world, but if this doesn't bother you, and even if it does, its definitely worth a try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mt Daughter Loved This Series
For an aspiring veterinarian, this was a great book series to kick off my 11 year old daughter's summer reading. Read more
Published 10 days ago by SAS
5.0 out of 5 stars Books for elementary children
Book for an elementary child.
Published 14 days ago by Dutch J
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This story is great. I had a hard time laying it down. This author is grate and I can't wait to read the next FOUR books.
Published 17 days ago by Brogan Peterson
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
this book kept me entertained.
I did not give a full five stars because I was slightly confused with certain sections of the book. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Olivia F
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book!!!!!!!!!
I loved every part of this book and I hope I can read the rest of the series!!! I recommend this book to people who love fantasy, adventure and magic!!! : )
Published 23 days ago by Wayne Blosser
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book, good I had to get the next one.
Published 24 days ago by Darlene
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book for a boy!
Published 1 month ago by creola
5.0 out of 5 stars but he enjoyed having his Mom read it to him
This was a gift for my youngest grandson. It was above his reading level, but he enjoyed
having his Mom read it to him.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars She really enjoyed it
Anything that my daughter enjoys reading get's an A+ to me. She's going into 5th grade and chose this as one of her three summer reading books. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Maureen Brown
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