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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2007 Bryan Chick (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

“A fast-paced mix of mystery and fantasy…It promises to be the beginning of a popular series.” ( School Library Journal)

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  • Sheri
  • mt vernon, OH, USA
  • 07-12-10

lots of laughter

Oh my. It was so fun to listen to my 8yo daughter just belly laugh through parts of thie book as she was listening. Not just once but numerous times.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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My 9 year old loves it!

Would you listen to The Secret Zoo again? Why?

Yes. We decided to try an audio book on a car trip and this was the one I choose. My kids loved it. Especially my 9 year old son. He doesn't like to read but when this was done he asked me to buy him the book. I may have found a way to get him more interested in books. Yay!

What about Patrick Lawlor’s performance did you like?

He did a great job with all the voices and he was great with the sound effects.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. The kids were so bummed every time I had to pause it.

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Many giggles and many listens from my 5 year old

Any additional comments?

My daughter loves audio books her three favorites are any Magic Treehouse, The Jesus Storybook Bible (the narrator is excellent besides telling our favorite Bible lessons), and this book. I don't find the narrator all that exciting, but I didn't get the book for me.

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  • Teara
  • PITTSBURGH, PA, United States
  • 02-15-13

Noah finding his sister

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes because it shows how to work together to solve a problem.

What did you like best about this story?

The animals

Which character – as performed by Patrick Lawlor – was your favorite?

the scouts

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

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A great listen

What made the experience of listening to The Secret Zoo the most enjoyable?

My 8 year old daughter loved this adventure and I enjoyed the bits I 'overheard'. The narrator's voice was a little hard to listen to at times but his character voices were good on the whole. We are looking forward to the sequel being available on audible.

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loved it

we really enjoyed the book and the narrator was very good at the characters voices

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Amazing

I loved the voicing of the characters it adds so much suspense and I LOVE it so much totally getting the rest!!!😍😘

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The secret zoo

This is a good book I loved it it was good but it could be better);😏😴

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  • David
  • Asheville, NC
  • 01-31-17

Kids ages 7 and 9

This book seemed well suited for my 7 and 9 year old.
Some characters in story seemed a bit tasteless like the nerdy yet forever sheepish Ritchie. Some plot lines were poorly developed (like lack of enough detail regarding the secret zoo).
Overall a good book though, and kids did enjoy.

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  • Lilly
  • Addison, TX United States
  • 01-25-17

Is awsome so cool

I love it can you make 2 one please thank you so muck from Logan