Secrets and Shadows (The Secret Zoo Series #2)
  • Secrets and Shadows (The Secret Zoo Series #2)
  • Secrets and Shadows (The Secret Zoo Series #2)

Secrets and Shadows (The Secret Zoo Series #2)

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by Bryan Chick
     
 

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"We will need you as Crossers, and we will need you not only to be brave—but to be fearless." Mr. Darby paused, giving the scouts time to digest his words. Then he continued. "I want you to think before answering. Can you accept this challenge?"

Only weeks after their return from the Secret Zoo, Noah and his friends must

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"We will need you as Crossers, and we will need you not only to be brave—but to be fearless." Mr. Darby paused, giving the scouts time to digest his words. Then he continued. "I want you to think before answering. Can you accept this challenge?"

Only weeks after their return from the Secret Zoo, Noah and his friends must go back—and face their biggest challenge yet. With monstrous sasquatches freely attacking the denizens of the zoo and the evil Shadowist at large, the fate of the world is at stake. As Crossers, Noah, Megan, Richie, and Ella would help protect the zoo from these dangers. But do they have what it takes to complete their training? And what other secrets are hiding in the shadows?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Megan is barely saved from evil sasquatches when she and the other Action Scouts are urgently requested to return to the Secret Zoo to train as "Crossers." So begins the second book of the series as the four friends are introduced to another foursome: curious goth-dressed teenagers, with attitudes to match. Tameron and his fellow Descenders balk at teaching the kids the innermost secrets of the mysterious hidden zoo, and rightfully so. Richie continues to bumble, Megan and Ella are interchangeably silly, except for hair styles and headgear, and leader Noah, while brave and daring, goes out of his way to disobey the simplest orders. Chick's extension of water rides into stomach churning glass tunnels of seemingly infinite height and length is clever, as is his "Metr-APE-olis' jungle with apes functioning as zip lines. But his founding myth based on Egyptian pyramid lore is shaky. And the second book ends in media res, with little accomplished aside from continuous rescues of the blundering Action Scouts by a combination of animals and snarly teenagers. Oh, and the possible last minute disclosure of several villains. Hopefully the third book will have a few answers. That said, younger readers will probably be less discerning about plot and characterization and enjoy the story strictly for its episodic adventures. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
Gr 4�7—Noah, Megan, Ella, and Richie are called into service again to help Mr. Darby, the leader of the Secret Society, and other members of the Secret Zoo. He asks the scouts to help him round up some wayward sasquatches, promising that they will only be in the Secret Zoo for two hours, so the four friends reluctantly agree to return. It has been only two weeks since they were there to rescue Megan in The Secret Zoo (Second Wish, 2007). They arrive through a rather bumpy route—tire swings that drop hundreds and hundreds of feet underground. This is only the beginning of their zany adventures. It's quite obvious that the teenagers who are sent to escort them into the library of the Secret Society do not like them. The head teen informs them that they are to remain in the Secret Zoo for a year. This is a world in which humans and animals coexist peacefully, and the library is unlike anything they have ever experienced. Even though there are books and a librarian, the patrons are predominately animals. The library is also designed with waterfalls, trees, greenery, and many floors. The four friends are well developed characters, and readers will identify with the great bond they have and relate to their anxiety, curiosity, and just plan chutzpah. Descriptions are delightful, and children will envy the close relationships that the scouts have with the animals in the Secret Zoo. Fans of fantasy, animal fiction, and adventure will enjoy this fast-moving story.—Julie Shatterly, W.A. Bess Elementary School, Gastonia, NC
Kirkus Reviews
The four intrepid heroes ofThe Secret Zoo(2010) return for another adventure in this new animal-packed fantasy series.Having discovered that their local zoo is a kind of front for a magical world in which animals and people coexist in harmony, Noah, Ella, Richie and Megan are tapped to become Crossers—people who go between The Secret Zoo and the world outside.Their acceptance triggers the ire of a group of odd-looking teens called the Descenders, who clearly blame the foursome for the escape of the murderous Sasquatches yet are charged with their training.Chick wallows in exposition, spending an inordinate amount of time discussing the past and showing how one travels in and out of the zoo and too little time exploring the mystery of the Descenders and the evil Sasquatches.While the tension between the preteen protagonists and the teens is both tangible and interesting, this installment feels more like novel-length worldbuilding than a story in itself.(Fantasy. 9-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061989254
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/01/2011
Series:
Secret Zoo Series, #2
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
340,791
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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