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The Secret Zoo [Kindle Edition]

Bryan Chick
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)

Print List Price: $6.99
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Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers

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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

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“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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,775 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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271 of 284 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Caution March 26, 2013
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 day ago by Maureen Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Arrived in good condition
Published 9 days ago by Eugenia E. Pierce
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this ORIGINAL Adventure!
Megan has disappeared. When it becomes evident that Megan's disappearance is tied to the zoo's secrets, her brother Noah and Action Scout friends (Richie and Ella) jump to the... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Sarah M. Bogle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Sweet series!
Published 15 days ago by Kristie Mickelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Grandson loved it
Published 18 days ago by Alison B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series for fifth grade
My students enjoyed this mystery/action series. It was one of the class favorites and this book made it into our Reading Fair.
Published 1 month ago by Joanna Foreman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
My kids loved this book! They are 6 and 8 years old. We can't wait to read more in this series!
Published 1 month ago by Judith Nguyen
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story
This book is so amazing that I wish I could be one of the characters, preferably Ella, and have the same adventure. The book is action packed with a bit of humor. Read more
Published 1 month ago by puppy luv
4.0 out of 5 stars Love there tree fort
It's like the coolest thing ever and the way the ways the zoo is designed awesome if only they could turn into the animals that would make me go crazy
Published 2 months ago by Chunkymonkey
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
I LOVE THIS BOOK.IT'S AMAZING AND AWESOME AND FUNNY AND SCARY ALL AT THE SAME TIME!!!!!IF I WERE YOU I WOULD GET IT AND READ IT ALL THE WAY THROUGH
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
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