The Menagerie (The Menagerie Series #1)

The Menagerie (The Menagerie Series #1)

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by Tui T. Sutherland, Kari H. Sutherland
     
 

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Wings of Fire series, Tui T. Sutherland, and her sister, Kari Sutherland, comes the Menagerie series, perfect for fans of Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven series and The Spiderwick Chronicles.

In the small town of Xanadu, Wyoming lies the Menagerie, a top secret facility filled with unicorns, dragons,

Overview

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Wings of Fire series, Tui T. Sutherland, and her sister, Kari Sutherland, comes the Menagerie series, perfect for fans of Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven series and The Spiderwick Chronicles.

In the small town of Xanadu, Wyoming lies the Menagerie, a top secret facility filled with unicorns, dragons, phoenixes, and other fairy tale creatures. At least, it was a secret—until six griffin cubs escaped.

If Logan and Zoe don’t get the cubs back fast, the entire Menagerie will be shut down. The race is on and the resulting adventure is only the beginning of a thrilling series that will leave readers wanting a magical menagerie of their very own.

Editorial Reviews

ALA Booklist
“Full to bursting with animated fantasy creatures, this delightful story begs to be read aloud. Animal lovers will eagerly anticipate more Logan and Zoe adventures.”
Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
There's something unusual about Logan Wilde, and it's not just that he is a newcomer to the small town of Xanadu. He has a way with animals, from his pet fish to his mice, his cat to the griffin that has hidden itself under his bed ... yes, that's right: griffin. There's something usual about Xanadu too, specifically The Menagerie on the outskirts of town. No one outside of the property's inhabitants is supposed to know about the unusual collection of magical and mythical creatures that abides there, but when five griffin cubs escape and one chooses to hide under Logan's bed, he is drawn into the mysterious place. Along with classmates Zoe Kahn and Blue (Menagerie inhabitants), Logan quickly becomes engaged in tracking down cubs, and figuring out how they escaped. When the trio come to realize that Logan's missing mother has had a long career with the Menagerie, and that the perimeter of the compound was deliberately sabotaged, they realize there's more at stake then getting a few cubs back home undetected. Readers will enjoy this satisfying introduction to an intriguing setting and community, but they may be less pleased with the novel's clumsy and abrupt "To be continued..." ending. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—A new arrival in small-town Xanadu, Wyoming, seventh-grader Logan spends more time than he'd like to thinking about his mother's mysterious disappearance. His life becomes exciting when he discovers a baby griffin under his bed. No bigger than a puppy, Squorp turns out to be an escapee from the Menagerie, a zoo filled with mythical creatures and run by his classmate Zoe and her family. Logan soon finds himself teamed up with Zoe and her merman friend, Blue, to find five other griffin runaways. As he helps track them down, the truth about his mother's secret life begins to surface. Meanwhile, members of SNAPA, the organization in charge of all menageries, will arrive soon for an inspection and if everything is not up to par the place will be shut down. Can the trio get the griffins back in time? Who really was Logan's mom? The characters are likable, unique, and well developed, and the narrative is filled with lively dialogue and humor. The creatures, including a pair of snooty unicorns and a charismatic but murderous kelpie, are delightful. The authors do a great job of creating an attention-grabbing magical world within the realistic setting. Readers who enjoy books like Brandon Mull's Fablehaven (Aladdin, 2007) will soak up the intermixing of mythological information and mystery. The first in a series, this page-turning fantasy will fly off library shelves.—Kira Moody, Whitmore Public Library, Salt Lake City, UT
Kirkus Reviews
Numerous books have successfully built on a premise of human interaction with mythical creatures, but this one is overstuffed and convoluted. When Logan and his father move to the small town of Xanadu, Wyo., he becomes involved in the search for six missing griffin cubs from the Menagerie. The action is as wild and wooly as a mammoth, with those prehistoric beasts, unicorns, mermaids and hellhounds and other creatures appearing around every corner. In the space of one day, Logan complains, "my clothes have been set on fire by a phoenix, drowned by a kelpie, rolled on by a mammoth, clawed and nibbled by griffin cubs, and drenched in kraken ink." Can he help classmate Zoe and her family save the Menagerie from being shut down by SNAPA (SuperNatural Animal Protection Agency)? Driven by the plot, the characters lack depth; the creatures provide heft, but there are too many, too conveniently introduced. Pop-culture references--The Hunger Games, the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Wheel of Fortune--feel like pandering and will date the book. One clever touch is Logan's ability to communicate with the opinionated griffin cubs. Book 2 will pick up from the last sentence of the abrupt ending: "Someone had murdered the goose who laid the golden eggs." Unfortunately, the story itself lays an egg. For a really magical book about mythical animals, readers should try The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, by Patricia McKillip (1974). (Fantasy. 9-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060780661
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/11/2014
Series:
Menagerie Series , #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
57,329
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Tui T. Sutherland & Kari Sutherland are sisters and best friends, and if you can’t tell by looking at them which one is older, Tui certainly isn’t going to tell you. They grew up in South America, traveling a lot and moving several times (and they’re still only about 80 percent certain that their parents weren’t secret agents). Kari now lives in California, while Tui lives in Boston, but they use every excuse they can to see each other (like, say, writing a book together).

Tui T. Sutherland & Kari Sutherland are sisters and best friends, and if you can't tell by looking at them which one is older, Tui certainly isn't going to tell you. They grew up in South America, traveling a lot and moving several times (and they're still only about 80 percent certain that their parents weren't secret agents). Kari now lives in New Jersey, while Tui lives in Boston, but they use every excuse they can to see each other (like, say, writing a book together).

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The Menagerie 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book. I loved all the magic and mythical creatchers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is action packed it is the best book ever. It is very suspesefull and i would read it all day!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever just started wings of fire series!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book on nook!!
passionreader More than 1 year ago
My daughter loves any story with mythical creatures in it so her in I both read it and it was a funny lay back kind of book. It's a great book for 3rd & 4th graders!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books (the menagerie series) are one of my favorite series besides The Lord of the Rings, Percy Jackson, The Corpus Trilogy, and The Heroes of Olympus series. ( BY THE WAY MY SISTER IS AN AUTHOR AND SHE WROTE THE CORPUS TRILOGY!! THEY ARE AWSOME BOOKS!!! YOU SHOULD READ THEM!) other than those, these books are by far my favorite. I love the mythological creatures and the suspense in these books. I love all the very accurate descriptions of the creatures. Thank You For Writing This Book! Long live Percy Jackson, Annabeth, the rest of the seven of the prophecy, Pia (even though you are immortal.), Frodo, Legolas, Aragorn, and Samwise Gamgey. Thank you to all those lovely characters who made my life full of AWESOME books. Oh! Almost forgot! Thank you Harry Potter. Love you all. Sincerely, Leslieann Khoury. ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good medium-paced book that kept you going with the action and adventure. :)
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
Being an animal lover myself, I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Menagerie. Logan Wilde, the main character, wants a dog, a horse and for his mother to return. What he gets instead is a griffin cub, an almost fatal ride on a Kelpie, and an adventure involving mythical animals and new friends who are not quite what they appear to be at school.  Although I read The Menagerie in one go, I really didn't want the book to end. From the grudge-bearing unicorns to the self-pitying goose - the one that lays the golden eggs; and the neurotic phoenix who self-destructs every time he is upset, these were some of the best crafted animal characters I have ever encountered in any book.  Most adorable of all, though, are the treasure loving, escaped griffin cubs. As every cub has a slightly different definition of treasure, however, it makes the task of recapturing them a guessing game and treasure hunt for Zoe, Logan and Blue.  Animal-loving Logan is a very ordinary boy with a desire for adventure and real friends. Zoe Kahn, or worry-cub, as the griffins call her is just that; a person who takes her job very seriously and worries about the menagerie and her family all the time. With an impending inspection by the Supernatural Animal Protection Agency and someone trying to sabotage the menagerie, who can blame Zoe for being uptight. About the other key character, Blue Merevy, I'm not going to say much more than that the girls find him handsome and that he is unusual.  Although this book doesn't exactly end on a cliff-hanger, there are still several loose threads and unanswered questions at the end; something that makes me hope that we'll soon see a sequel to this wonderful novel.  For a heartwarming tale full of wonderful people and eccentric animals, I recommend it as a must-read. Although The Menagerie is a middle grade book, I think everybody who loves animals, adventure, and splendid characterization should read it. (Ellen Fritz)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an enchanting tale about five escaped griffen cubs, a boy who finds one under his bed, and the girl who lets him help find the rest. Poor Logan has no idea what he's signing up for. A cute story and all-around good read. For those who have family issues and need a hero who they can relate to, and those who just want a good fiction. The sequel comes out march 11, 2014 .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book, full of magic, mystery, myth, adventure, a tinge of funny horor, great humor, plenty of foreshadowing, and AWESOMENESS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read over and over again too, every time you discover more events that foreshadow what will happen next. I'm not the kind of person that reads books over again and again, but i still love reading it over again and discovering new things that tell what happens next and dont belive that review that says five stars except for_ _ _(SPOILER ALERT ) because if you read it enough times, you can see all the events leading up to Pelly's death and stuff. Pelly face, : } :D Happy face : ) : ) : ) DiamondCricket to sister Tusinami( happpyfacesadfacemadface)Hal.Apr. and sister of wind, Lea.Dei
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cool
DarcyLizzy More than 1 year ago
This book would be 5 stars but for the last couple of pages! The last page of this book should have been pg. 270. The authors decided to add pages to promote a second book, unfortunately adding a scene of violence and a death to an otherwise violence free/deathless book for kids. My little sister LOVED this book, but hated the end, so we ripped out the pages after 270 and this is her favorite book! We won't be reading the second one, and we don't acknowledge that the last turn of events happened. This was an awesome book filled with humor and adorable, mythical creatures that escaped from their protectors' care and had to be found before they were discovered by the general population! This book was fantastic and memorable EXCEPT for the last couple of pages that were suppose to excite us into a sequel and just turned us off of that. Why they couldn't just end the book, which is written for kids, on a happy note and not killed something is beyond me. That part was completely inappropriate. So if you want a great book for kids with an exciting story and cute characters than you should get this book and rip out the pages after 270 and they will be perfectly content with it and satisfied with the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I expected a book full of action and voilance simalar to wings of fire but there is none. The endung wus kinda dump cuz it wad just pramoting booi 2
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
EARTH KINGDOM: <br> <br> SoaringCrater: <br> The are brown with very strong claws and large wings, they can leap into the ground and make a giant hole. <br> <br> SoaringCopper: <br> They are coppery colorwith a glossy and sparkly, smooth, outershell. They can cough molten copper. <br> <br> SoaringStone: <br> They are grey with very hard scales and long stone horns, claws, and ridges on their back. They can shoot molten rock. <br> <br> SoaringMud: <br> They are brown with slick scales and frills. They have a smoke tail that provides a nasueating gas. <br> <br> SoaringEarth: <br> They have light brown underbellies with green scales. They have green horns and can grow moss on themselves, they can make dirt and stone move with their mind. <br> <br> SoaringGold: <br> They are golden and beautiful, but they have relatively soft scales. They can shoot out molten gold from their nose. <br> <br> SoaringIron: <br> They are shining grey and have the hardest scales in the dragon world, even SoaringCrystals can't break it! They can shoot molten iron. <br> <br> SoaringSilver: <br> They have silver scales and sharp claws, but are relatively soft. They can cough up molten silver, but only when scared. If you take the eye of one, to humans the eye of a SoaringSilver is worth more than a platinum statue! <p> _ <p> ANIMAL KINGDOM: <br> <br> SoaringBlood: <br> They are red and can shoot blood from their eyes, but are terrible flyers. They are wonderful fighters. <br> <br> SoaringCreature: <br> They are brown and graceful, they are gentle, they have dots of cream or white scales on their back. They can use mind control on up to five animals, two humans, and one dragon! They cannot use mind control on other SoaringCreatures, unfortunately... <br> <br> SoaringTiger: <br> They have orange scales and black stripes, with a powerful bite! They have no other special abilities. <br> <br> SoaringLion: <br> They are cream and the males have giant, coppery frills. They have the strongest bite in the dragon world, and the loudest roar. <p> _ <p> PLANT KINGDOM: <br> <br> SoaringTree: <br> They are brown with green scattered scales. They are tied to a tree in the forest, as an egg the tree is a seed, and the tree can come out of the ground when the dragon is being attacked. If the tree dies, the dragon dies. If the dragon is sick, the tree is sick. Every chop of the trees branches injures the dragon. <br> <br> SoaringPlant: <br> They are green and can control plants. <p> _ <p> SHADOW KINGDOM: <br> <br> SoaringNight: <br> They are black with scattered white or silver or glowing scales. They can shoot black fire. All dragons in the Shadow Kingdom have the ability to telepathically comunicate with SoaringHells, but doing this too often kills them. <br> <br> SoaringMystic: <br> They have a purple and black checkerboard pattern and can control weather. <br> <br> SoaringCoal: <br> They are black and can light themselves on fire. <br> <br> SoaringGlass: <br> They are completely invisible, but they see in heat and cannot fly. <br> <br> SoaringMirror: <br> They have scales like mirrors and can shoot lava. They fly very well but cannot see if there is too much light. <p> SoaringHeaven is where good dragons go, SoaringHell is where bad dragons go! Descriptions of places at next res! (Actually mabye res after next res)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(I really need about three more apps for the quest and I wont write part nine until I have more so please advertise or make another profile for me. Thanks. Next will be in Harry Bostch series #1.) Rachel and I were in a dark attic with a lamp and a stool in the middle and there were a few signs of mice crawling around too. I heard foot steps and saw Anna coming up with Seth and Crystal at her heels. "We'll take Esmerelda," Anna said holding out her hand for me to grasp. I took it with a thankful smile and stood, brushing the dirt from my jeans. "Wait and Esmerelda," Rachel called looking horrified. "I think I know you." We all stared at her, confused. "I'm pretty sure I saw in one of my dreams," she continued. "Well, anyways see you later!" We turned and walked out the door.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who who who let the griffens out who who who i funny lol xxxxsky 505