Terror at the Zoo

Terror at the Zoo

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by Peg Kehret
     
 

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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

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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-constructed tale." —Booklist

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School Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142300282
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
559,456
Product dimensions:
5.09(w) x 7.71(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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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Terror at the Zoo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are two main characters named Ellen and Corey. Ellen can talk to animals around her through her mind. Corey is a L I A R. He tells crazy stories. It starts off when their grandparents buy tickets for an over night sleep over at the zoo for Corey and Ellen's birthdays. Then their grandparents never come and Ellen and Corey are trapped in the zoo with Tony Haymes who escaped from jail and snuck in the zoo. Then Tony Haymes holds a knife to Corey's neck. This is a scary book. If you are grade three to five I think you will like it. Peg Kehret has written over thirty books you may want to try.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is the bomb!!!! if you are a animal lover and love suspense here is the perfect book!!! when corey and ellen get a birhday present which is an overnight campout at the zoo. they make one mistake by going there by there selves. there best birthday present turns in to a nightmare. there one mistake turns into 100 mistakes. can ellens crazy science experemint work? will she be able to communicate with the animals? i would rate this book 10 but u cant go that high.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Old kids book about two siblings that stay overnight at the zoo. But what they don't realize is that well, they're not alone. Suspenseful throughout and got a little intense near the end. Good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful! The first time I read it was for a book talk for language arts. It made me want to read it over and over again. Now I have bought it and love it. You got to read this book.