The Secret Zoo (The Secret Zoo Series #1)

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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 ...

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Overview

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?

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-6- Noah Nowicki and his younger sister live next to the Clarksville Zoo. One night, Megan mysteriously vanishes, leaving behind only a few pages from her diary as clues. Noah and his friends, Ella and Ritchie, who call themselves the Adventure Scouts, set out to rescue her. They befriend a batch of sentient yet nonspeaking zoo animals that include a polar bear named Blizzard; Podgy, a penguin; and Marlo, a Malachite Kingfisher. These creatures, who claim to know what happened to Megan, lead the Scouts into the zoo, which has a secret entrance to a fanciful land called the City of Species where animals and humans live alongside one another. During their stay, the children learn of the city's origin and discover that Megan was most likely taken to the Dark Lands, a place separated from the city and ruled by dangerous sasquatches, beasts that are half human, half gorilla. In order to enter this land to find her, the Scouts risk releasing hundreds of sasquatches into the city. This book, which is the first of a series, is a fast-paced mix of mystery and fantasy. There is enough action and suspense to keep the most reluctant reader entertained while simultaneously emphasizing the importance of friendship and teamwork. It promises to be the beginning of a popular series.-Donna Atmur, Los Angeles Public Library

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Chick debuts with an action-packed and breathless story about teamwork, first published in 2007 by the author's Second Wish Press. When Noah's sister, Megan, disappears, he and his friends Ella and Richie come across Megan's notes and journal entries, which lead them to the Clarksville City Zoo. When the trio is separated, the action intensifies as readers follow their separate paths through the zoo's exhibits, which disguise a secret land in which animals and humans coexist blissfully ("They'd entered a city that seemed to have been built by the most potent pieces of a hundred imaginations)". With the help of new friends that include Podgy the penguin and Blizzard the polar bear, the group tunnels through this maze, encountering some less-friendly creatures and shifty security guards who insist that "the fate of the world depended on keeping the secrets of the zoo safe." While the writing is not as complex or magical as the premise, the story should appeal both to animal-lovers and a broader audience. While many threads are resolved, Chick lays the groundwork for later books. Ages 9-12. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061987519
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Series: Secret Zoo Series , #1
  • Pages: 310
  • Sales rank: 30,825
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 14.96 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Bryan Chick

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.

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  • Posted June 25, 2009

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    The book realed you in!

    The author of this book came to my school and now i have an autographed copy! My teacher read the book to our class and we never wanted him to stop! We were all 10,11,12 and we all ejoyed the book! even our teacher loved it. The story was incredibly unpredictable and enjoyable! I recomend for ALL ages.

    45 out of 53 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2011

    This is my favorite book EVER!

    The book, The Secret Zoo, written by Bryan Chick is an adventurous and thrilling book. This page-turner is about a girl named Megan who secretly visits the zoo. She thinks that something secret is going on, but she's not sure what. Suddenly, Megan disappears. Her brother, Noah, and her friends, Ella and Richie have a feeling that her disappearance has to do with the zoo. On a mission, they decide to go look for her at this mysterious place. Once they get there, they immediately tell that something is mysterious. Some of the animals are acting strange, and the zoo guards are avoiding contact with the three kids, and many other things. Suddenly, when they are there, they get kicked out by an odd security guard who is willing to help them. He tells the kids most of the secret things going on and why they're happening. He also has a secret connection with the animals and can speak to them. He tells the animals to help the kids to find their best friend by showing them something secret that very few people know about. The secret zoo. Throughout this book, the animals, the kids, and the help of some kind people, the adventure is a suspense for all readers. This is an amazing book that everyone should read. I'm 14 years old, and I can't wait to read the second book.

    28 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2011

    Highly Recommend, My Daughter Read it Cover to Cover in 3 Days!

    After reading the jacket in the store, my nine year old knew it was the type of book she enjoyed, but she read this one voraciously! The required (in my home) 30 minutes of reading a night wasn't nearly enough as she got caught up in a story line where she found humor, intrigue, lovable characters and animals (she L O V E S animals). I will be buying Bryan's next book immediately and think the parents of every 7-10 year old should follow suit!

    18 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Awesomeness

    This book is totally cool it will leave u hanging after each mysterios chapter i could never put it down!:)

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2007

    Wonderful!

    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.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

    new book

    havent read it yet but sure want to

    9 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    My nine year old daughter and I are reading this together and en

    My nine year old daughter and I are reading this together and enjoying the story and the author's writing style. My daughter laughs continuously and never wants me to stop. A great sign that the book is a great success. 

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    The best book

    This is the best book l have read

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    The Secret zoo The Secret Zoo

    It is my favorite book series ever! I love it!!!!!!!!!
    Bryan Chick has so good books!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Full of Adventure and Mystery

    I read this with my 11 year old as a summer reading project. We both enjoyed it. I want to ready the rest of the series to see what happens.

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    The secret zoo

    I thought that this book was really original. I enjoyed reading this book. It is 214 pages long and i finished it in a day and a half. If you like animals, i strongly suggest that you read this book. It is really magical.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    The Secret Zoo rocks!

    I am only on page 20 but i can't seem to get my nose out of the book. It is full of misteries and ecitment. I love it so far!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    BEST BOOK EVER:)

    I thought it was a great book for my age and can't wait to read the next book

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    I love this book it is funny

    Love IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Great book

    When my mom told me to buy this book i thought it would be a kids book. Then i started reading it. So far its awsome. MUST READ.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    AWSOME

    Loved it i read it in 2 days i never put it down

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    I loved it

    This book was so cool that i almost wanted to bye this book ......2 times

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Awesome

    I LOVED it!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    Such a good gp Such a great book

    I read soo much

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    John

    Cool!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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