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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)

What listeners say about The Secret Zoo

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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.

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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

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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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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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Too long and weird

This was suggested for my 5 yr old and I found it inappropriate for that age. My daughter was disturbed by the death and the fight scenes and all of the weird dark twists the story took. As an adult listening I was fatigued by all the descriptions and thought it went in for waaaaay too long. I was really disappointed.

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So entertaining and action-packed.

My 9 yr old daughter loves all The Secret Zoo books!!! The characters in these books are very entertaining and the whole series is action packed.

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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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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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Exciting book and enjoyable to listen to.

I bought this book for my Granddaughters to listen to in the car and found myself enjoying it as much as them. I can't wait until Audible comes out with more from this series. Definitely recommend this book for all ages.

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Kids love

enjoyed this book for kids we listened to it twice and I can see it all happening with my eyes clothes

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