The Secret of Zoom

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Christina lives in a big, old stone mansion on the edge of a dark forest surrounded by barbed wire. Deep within the forest is the laboratory where her father works—and where her mother was blown to bits years ago. Christina’s father knows just how dangerous the world can be, so he keeps her safe at home, forbidding her from talking to the very interesting orphans down the road. But when an orphan boy named Taft talks to her, she’s thrilled to help him search for a secret tunnel. But soon she discovers there’s ...

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Christina lives in a big, old stone mansion on the edge of a dark forest surrounded by barbed wire. Deep within the forest is the laboratory where her father works—and where her mother was blown to bits years ago. Christina’s father knows just how dangerous the world can be, so he keeps her safe at home, forbidding her from talking to the very interesting orphans down the road. But when an orphan boy named Taft talks to her, she’s thrilled to help him search for a secret tunnel. But soon she discovers there’s more to the orphanage, the lab, and the mystery of her mother’s accident than she ever suspected. Sinister things are in the works—and the secret of zoom is the most dangerous secret of all!

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“This exciting tale, with just a touch of fantasy and humor, is a winner. . . . Jonell displays pitch-perfect skills in an expertly crafted story that never flags and that includes plenty of heart-stopping situations to keep readers fully engaged.”—School Library Journal, Starred Review
 
“Plenty of quirky imagination, off-kilter energy, and looping thrills.”—Booklist
 
“Eccentric and entertaining.”—Kirkus Reviews
 

“Jonell takes readers into the secretive and strange world of young Christina Adnoid. . . . The heroic antics of Christina and Taft and the imaginative details Jonell includes make this an adventure worth embarking on.”—Publishers Weekly

Children's Literature - Paula Rohrlick
Christina, age ten, lives a sheltered life in a mansion surrounded by an iron fence, in the foothills of the foreboding Starkian Mountains. Her scientist mother was blown up in her lab—it seems—and as a result her father protects Christina so fiercely that she is home schooled; she is not even allowed off the grounds. Naturally, she longs for the company of other children and for adventure, and her wishes are granted when a boy named Taft from the nearby Loompski Orphan Home speaks to her through the fence and tells her to look for a secret tunnel in her house. She finds it at last and goes through it to the forest, where she discovers the terrible truth about the so-called Happy Orphans: they are treated like slaves, forced to use song to mine the dangerous, powerful energy source known as zoom from the mountains. Christina has the gift of perfect pitch, which comes in handy when dealing with zoom, and when she and Taft set out to rescue the orphans they make some amazing discoveries. This science fiction adventure features fine writing and imaginative inventions, like the child-sized airplane that flies on song and thought. Its brave and clever heroine proves her mettle in the world beyond her mansion as she swoops to the rescue, and there is enough intrigue and suspense to keep readers happily turning the pages. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—This exciting tale, with just a touch of fantasy and humor, is a winner. Christina Adnoid's mother was blown up at Loompski Labs, where she worked as a scientist, when Christina was very young. Christina, who happens to have perfect pitch, now lives with her father, also a scientist at the lab, and is carefully guarded and protected by her governess. When she and an orphan named Taft discover an attic in her house and a tunnel that leads from there under the house and into the forest, she realizes that bad things are happening. Children from the local orphanage are being held prisoner and taken to an unknown destination, and she realizes that it is those who can sing well who are chosen. She gets involved in trying to help save the orphans, and very soon herself, from the evil Lenny Loompski and his henchmen, who are using the orphans' musical talents for their own purposes. Complete with a cast of clearly drawn characters, the adventure proceeds at a breakneck pace until all is resolved and a happy ending completes the picture. This is a Roald Dahl-like world in which good and bad are clearly demarcated, and justice is dispensed in a particularly satisfying way. Like Christina, Jonell displays pitch-perfect skills in an expertly crafted story that never flags and that includes plenty of heart-stopping situations to keep readers fully engaged.—Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
A plucky little girl literally rises to the occasion, rescuing a passel of exploited orphans and solving the mystery of her mother's death. Isolated and lonely, ten-year-old Christina lives in a fortress-like mansion next to the fenced-in forests that surround Loompski Labs, where her scientist father works and her geologist mother supposedly died. The overprotected Christina can't attend school, play with other kids or leave the yard. However, life changes after she meets a boy from the neighboring orphanage. She discovers an underground passage leading to the outside world, where she learns malevolent Lenny Loompski is using orphans like slaves to extract volatile, valuable "zoom" from the mountains. Flying a miniature plane fueled by "zoom," Christina risks all to save the orphans. Like her equally spunky counterpart in Jonell's Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat (2007) and Emmy and the Home for Troubled Girls (2008), Christina moves far beyond her safe, secure world to make hard but right decisions. Her character provides ballast for the fast-paced, far-fetched plot and quirky supporting characters. Eccentric and entertaining. (Adventure. 9-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312659332
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Edition description: STRIPPABLE
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 254,029
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynne Jonell is the author of the novels Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat and Emmy and the Home for Troubled Girls, as well as several critically acclaimed picture books. Her books have been named Junior Library Guild Selections and a Smithsonian Notable Book, among numerous other honors. Born in Little Falls, Minnesota, Jonell grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis. She now teaches writing at the Loft Literary Center and lives with her husband and two sons in Plymouth, Minnesota, in a house on a hill.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

    The Secret of Zoom

    The book I am reviewing is called the Secret of Zoom. This book's author is Lynne Jonell.The genre is Science Fiction. The grades of people who would like this book are 5-6 graders. This book is about how a girl named Christina who hears of a tunnel from an orphan named Taft. When she finds that tunnel... the adventure starts.
    This book is very good. especially at the end. Other books by Lynne Jonell are:
    Emmy and the incredible shrinking rat,
    Emmy and the home for troubled girls

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    Awesome book hope to see sequals!

    One of the best books i have read i really wish for sequals to come out! Great for mystery lovers too fanomanal !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THE SECRET OF ZOOM ROCKS

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    The secret of zoom

    This book was awesome!!!!!!!!!!! I never ever read a book so good! This book words the story sooooooo good!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2011

    Wow!

    I love this book. Im 10yrs old and my old school had this book but I NEVER got to read it before I moved. This book is very exciting,adventerous,and vivacious. I dont think the making of this book was a blunder...

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    Numchuckbunny456

    At my school,they mak us(well no)read the sunshine state books.well,this was one.and i read it!its awesome.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2012

    Love This Book!

    This book is one of my Sunshine State Books. THIS IS AN AWESOME BOOK! It has suspense, zoomstones, and other stuff, like 2 kids flying in a toyish plane!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    My daughter, who doesn't read that much, could not put this book down. She LOVED it and it has really sparked her interest in reading. It was recommended at school and is one of the Massachusetts Book Award books.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2012

    great

    this book is good if your looking for sunshine state books this is one of them you well probaly like it in the fist chapter!! some part are sad but some are exited and you really have to get in into the book!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Awesome

    BEST BOOK I'VE EVER READ! :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    Love it!

    I am9 years old and i just got to finish the sample. I haven't
    gotten to buy it but i think it will be a good book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    Gdggdgcv

    Good book

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2012

    great battle book

    There should be a sequel

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2011

    Sooooo bad

    I was only one chapter in this book and i was already snoozing

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    Continued...

    The 14th book is the magic half.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2011

    Maybe

    At my school, we have to read sunshine state books and this is one. Looks cool

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

    OMG

    The secret of zoom baby!

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Read it

    I like u like it good for evrybdy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Fruit ninja

    It is cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    Rino

    Thegest book i hae read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Awesome book!!

    I really liked this book i hope to c another book, it really got my attention i couldn't put it down

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