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The Secret Of Zoom (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

The Secret Of Zoom (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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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

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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!

Editorial Reviews

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780606210096
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

LYNNE JONELL is the author of several books for young readers, including Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat, Emmy and the Home for Troubled Girls, and Emmy and the Rats in the Belfry. She teaches writing at the Loft Literary Center and lives with her husband in Plymouth, Minnesota.

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The Secret of Zoom 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
sunshinestate_dezire More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome!!!!!!!!!!! I never ever read a book so good! This book words the story sooooooo good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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...
Amy D'Alton More than 1 year ago
At my school,they mak us(well no)read the sunshine state books.well,this was one.and i read it!its awesome.
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BEST BOOK I'VE EVER READ! :)
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Thegest book i hae read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book i hope to c another book, it really got my attention i couldn't put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book and has lots of suspense
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i was hooked
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thiss book is a wonderfull read for kids 9 and up! I've been reading this book for a while and i still love it. Christina has never seen what the world is truely like. Her father keeps her in the yard and homeschooled. Its not untill she meets Taft an Orphan at the ophange in the Nebirhood that she finds out how life is outside the yard. Secrets are everywhere including the deather of her dead mother and what Lenny Loomski is doing with the orphans. I have also read all of the Emmy and the Shrinking rat book and they are also great.
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Ive read this amazing book there is twists and turns every page!!!!!!!!
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It was a battle book in fourth grade and after I read it I saw why they made it a battle book. I also saw why my team won second place in the competition. It was simple to understand and kept my eyes glued to the page. It was really sweet. It has secrets, mysteries, and will keep your interest throuout the whole book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Delicious means that if this was a food i would gobble it up and beg for more. I love how intensive and mysterious this book is. I can't live without it in my life! I love how taft is so courageous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
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