Secrets and Shadows (The Secret Zoo Series #2)

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What Secrets Are Hiding in the Shadows?

Noah and his friends thought they had seen it all during their first journey into the Secret Zoo—but it was only the beginning. Now they must train to become Crossers, members of a secret society who freely travel to the Secret Zoo and back, helping to defend its borders. But now that the monstrous sasquatches are on the loose and the evil Shadowist is plotting destruction, will Noah, Megan, Ella, and ...

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Overview

What Secrets Are Hiding in the Shadows?

Noah and his friends thought they had seen it all during their first journey into the Secret Zoo—but it was only the beginning. Now they must train to become Crossers, members of a secret society who freely travel to the Secret Zoo and back, helping to defend its borders. But now that the monstrous sasquatches are on the loose and the evil Shadowist is plotting destruction, will Noah, Megan, Ella, and Richie have what it takes to survive?

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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: 9780061989261
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/23/2011
  • Series: Secret Zoo Series , #2
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 52,130
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.80 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2011

    secret zoo

    The scouts work as crossers for the secret zoo. When noah goes into the grottoes which are off limits to the scouts, Megan, Richie and Ella have to save him. Megan drove her scooter through the Clarksville zoo which got them in trouble. An amazing novel with friendship and adventure.

    10 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    PLEASE READ

    Do you like Adveture, Mystery, Fighting (with some voilence), Some romance then I recomend these books to the pepole like the titles above!!!!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2012

    Awesome

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2012

    A Must Have

    Bryan Chick has an imagination that can go on forever. I can't wait to see what happens next.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    this book is great for ages 9-12 or13

    Great

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    Great story! Love it!

    My 8 year old and I are reading this series together. I have to remind her of bed time and tell her "this is the last chapter and then youre going to bed" or Ill read for X more minutes and its bedtime. She begs me to keep reading because its interesting. I have suggested this book to 2nd-4th grade teachers as a good book for a classroom read aloud.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2011

    q

    :)

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2011

    zoo

    relly good

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    Awsome

    Loved it

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    moms w kids, this a great book to read

    BEST BOOK

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Uggg

    Hhhvvv

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    May i be deputy

    May i be deputy

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Great book

    I read the first one.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    This is a wonderful series . . . beautifully written and full of

    This is a wonderful series . . . beautifully written and full of suspense and imagination. If you are reading it with your child, you will enjoy it just as much as they will. Thank you Bryan Chick for restoring my faith in contemporary children’s literature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2014

    Very Good!

    The Secret Zoo was pretty good but it lacked much detial,wasn't long enough,and left you hanging far too much.

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