Terror at the Zoo

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Ellen Streater received the perfect birthday present-an overnight camp-out at the zoo. Too bad she had to invite her little brother Corey along. But as night falls in the zoo, her brother becomes the least of her worries, as they discover they're locked in the zoo with an escaped convict who's stalking their every move. Unable to run, and with no help in sight, their last chance for survival is Ellen's crazy science project on animal communication. But can they get the animals to help them in time, or will it be ...
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Ellen Streater received the perfect birthday present-an overnight camp-out at the zoo. Too bad she had to invite her little brother Corey along. But as night falls in the zoo, her brother becomes the least of her worries, as they discover they're locked in the zoo with an escaped convict who's stalking their every move. Unable to run, and with no help in sight, their last chance for survival is Ellen's crazy science project on animal communication. But can they get the animals to help them in time, or will it be too late?

"A compelling and fast-paced mystery with characters that are believable and well drawn." (The Horn Book)

"Plausible incidents and believable characters combine in a fast-moving and well-constucted tale."(Booklist)

Twelve-year-old Ellen and her younger brother Corey are excited about their overnight camp-out at the zoo, until they discover that they are locked inside with a desperate escaped convict.

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Gr 4-7-- An overnight camp out at the zoo turns into a nightmare for Ellen and her little brother Corey when an escaped prisoner also takes refuge there. Through a series of mostly implausible coincidences, they find themselves locked in the zoo grounds with a dangerous and desperate man who plans to hold them for ransom. Each of the several adults responsible for the children thinks someone else is with them, so no one comes to their rescue. Several pursuit scenes through the ominous dark lead the siblings to the Elephant Forest, where Ellen communicates telepathically with the elephants, spurring her favorite one to attack the man. The last minute arrival of the children's parents and a security guard prevents any blood from being shed. This highly improbable adventure is not up to Kehret's usual standards, but it will appeal to animal lovers looking for a spooky story. There is plenty of suspense, as the children are never sure around which dark corner the criminal lurks. A baby monkey and, of course, the heroic elephants add color to the story. Lightweight but entertaining fare. --Bruce Anne Shook, Mendenhall Middle School, Greensboro, NC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786245116
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 164
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Peg Kehret was born in Wisconsin, grew up in Minnesota, spent fourteen years in California, and now lives with her husband in Washington State. They have two grown children, four grandchildren, one dog, and one cat.

Peg's novels for children are regularly recommended by the American Library Association, the International Reading Association, and the Children's Book Council. She has won many state "young reader" or "children's choice" awards. Peg's characters are ordinary kids who find themselves in exciting situations and who use their wits to solve their problems. There is usually humor as well as suspense in her books. A long-time volunteer at The Humane Society, she often uses animals in her stories.

Before she began writing books for children, Peg published plays, short stories, articles, and two books for adults. She is a frequent speaker at conferences for librarians and teachers.

At the age of twelve, Peg had polio and was paralyzed from the neck down. Because she can remember that experience and her year of recovery so vividly, she finds it easy to write in the viewpoint of a twelve or thirteen year old. Most of her main characters are that age. Her autobiography, Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio, won the Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, and the PEN Center USA West Award for Children's Literature.

When she is not writing, Peg likes to watch baseball, bake cookies, and pump her old player piano.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2010

    Gage a cool 3rd grader

    In the book there were two kids named Corey and Ellen. They get to have a sleep over at the zoo. Well, when they find out that a robber is at the zoo and they are alone with him. Will the robber catch them or not?

    I recommend this book to 3rd graders and up. I think that everyone would like this book because it is dangerous. I think that this book is for people that like dangerous things.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2010

    An Action Packed Book....review by an awesome 3rd grader

    There is a very exciting book called Terror at the Zoo! The author is Peg Kehret. Ellen and Corey get invited to stay overnight at the zoo. They are staying with their grand parents. Also their mom and dad are on an airplane. They are getting ready to go to the zoo and then something bad starts happening. Everything goes wrong. Their grandma hurts her leg and grandpa takes her to the hospital. And their mom and dad aren't back yet. So Corey and Ellen end up at the zoo alone... with an escaped prisoner. I thought it was a very good book. It has a lot of action so if you like action you will like this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2007

    A sweet book

    Terror at the zoo is a scary, exciting, interesting book. Corey and Ellen Streater get locked in the zoo at night with a burglar. Will they escape? Will they get hurt? Will they get caught by the burglar? It is a mystery you will only find the answer to if you pick up this book and read for your life. My favorite part is when Ellen and Cory go to the zoo thinking their parents will meet them there because that¿s when the suspense starts. I recommend this book for 3rd grade and higher.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2001

    This book is really good.

    This book is really good. The setting is at the Zoo at night. Some kids are locked inside of a zoo. There is a man in a zoo to. The man stalks there every move. He wants to kidnap them. The book is really good. I really liked this book. The authors change in the book by being calm at the beginning of the zoo, but when it was night they were scared.The setting never really changed.

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