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Zoobreak (Swindle Series #2)

Zoobreak (Swindle Series #2)

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by Gordon Korman

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When Griffin Bing's class goes to a floating zoo, they don't expect to see animals being treated so badly. They don't expect to find Cleo, Dog Whisperer Savannah's pet monkey who's been missing for weeks. And they really don't expect to have to hide the animals once they've rescued them! Hilarity ensues as Griffin's team once more pulls off a heist . . . trying to


When Griffin Bing's class goes to a floating zoo, they don't expect to see animals being treated so badly. They don't expect to find Cleo, Dog Whisperer Savannah's pet monkey who's been missing for weeks. And they really don't expect to have to hide the animals once they've rescued them! Hilarity ensues as Griffin's team once more pulls off a heist . . . trying to break the animals back into a (better) zoo!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Joan Elste
Poor Luthor, Savannah Drysdale's pet Doberman, is absolutely devastated missing his best friend, Cleopatra, a capuchin monkey who has been missing for weeks. Griffin Bing, Savannah's school teacher has scheduled a class trip to a floating zoo where Savannah discovers Cleo and the harsh, dirty, unhealthy atmosphere of the zoo. Knowing that Cleo has been stolen, Savannah and her friends are so appalled by the conditions of the floating zoo they plan to rescue not only Cleo but the entire lot of animals. This is a wonderful, unique story that is tension-filled from the very beginning and does not let up. With the help of Savannah's friends, one with a sleep disorder, one who claims to be "The Man With A Plan," and a wonderful assortment of adult characters, this story pulls the reader in right from the start. The idea is clever, and Savannah is portrayed as Cedarville's greatest authority on animals. There is a lot of information woven throughout the story that kids will find interesting as well. Riveting, humorous and well told, this book is a great read for kids. Reviewer: Joan Elste
VOYA - Judith Brink-Drescher
Eleven-year-old Griffin Bing was known for being The Man with the Plan. So when his friend Savannah's pet monkey goes missing, she enlists his help in finding her. While on a school trip, they discover Savannah's beloved Cleopatra aboard a filthy floating zoo run by an unscrupulous zookeeper, Mr. Nastase (aka Mr. Nasty) and his gigantic security guard, Klaus. When no adults are able to prove the monkey is hers, Savannah prevails upon Griffin to come up with a rescue plan: he launches Operation Zoobreak. To complement his skills as a burglar and Savannah's expert animal knowledge, Griffin recruits an unlikely team that includes an accomplished climber, a computer wizard, a would-be actor, and the smallest kid in town. Like any good planner, Griffin is prepared for most contingencies, but what he does not count on is Savannah insisting that they rescue all of the animals on board. Heisting a monkey is one thing, but where can they stash the other forty animals without getting caught? Griffin realizes this turn of events might definitely require another plan, or perhaps even two. Korman again knocks it out of the park with his sequel to Swindle (Scholastic, 2008/ VOYA April 2008), which features the same rag-tag cast of misfit characters. Both children and adults will find the story fast moving and enjoyable. The often-unpredictable plot is interesting, full of humor, and good fun. This book should be highly appealing to middle school girls and boys. Reviewer: Judith Brink-Drescher
School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—The characters from Korman's Swindle (Scholastic, 2008) are reunited in this action-packed story. Eleven-year-old Savannah Drysdale's pet monkey has gone missing, and Savannah is sure that Cleo was stolen. On a class field trip aboard a floating animal zoo, she is convinced that the monkey in one of the exhibits is her pet. She enlists the help of her friend Griffin, known as the "Man With a Plan," to execute a zoo break. But, as Griffin knows, what looks good on paper doesn't always turn out quite as planned, especially when furry creatures are involved, and the rescuers end up with a lot more than they bargained for. Although the novel is heavy on plot and includes some very predictable bad guys, Korman manages to involve readers in the adventures of some likable young people who believe that they need to act, and not wait for adults to save the day. A satisfying read.—Kathy Kirchoefer, Prince Georges County Memorial Library System, New Carrollton, MD
Kirkus Reviews
Griffin Bing, "The Man With The Plan," and his full complement of co-conspirators from Swindle (2008) are back. Animal whisperer Savannah's Capuchin monkey Cleopatra turns up missing, and a suspicious banana leads Savannah to the conclusion that Cleo's been monkey-napped. They find her in a run-down floating zoo, but adults and authorities are no help in getting the monkey back. Griffin already has worries enough, since his best bud, the narcoleptic Ben, is about to be shipped off to a special school for those with sleep disorders. Even so, everyone agrees to a plan to spring Cleo-but they end up having to spring the whole zoo. The plan to hide 40 animals from parents and police and Mr. Nastase, the awful zookeeper, only works for so long, prompting Griffin to move on to plan three . . . . Possibly more improbable and even sillier than the first, Korman's second tale of 11-year-old Mr. Fix-it Griffin and his friends is a page-turning adventure that reads like a Disney movie waiting to be made. The author's fans will be more than pleased, and those unfamiliar with the first will likely look it up. (Fiction. 9-12)

Product Details

Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Swindle Series , #2
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
5.66(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Gordon Korman is the author of The 39 Clues Book 2: One False Note, which debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and The 39 Clues Book #8: The Emperor's Code. Gordon has written more than sixty books for kids and young adults, including Zoobreak, Swindle, and Son of the Mob, as well as the On the Run series and the Island, Everest, Dive, and Kidnapped trilogies. A native of Ontario, Canada, Korman now lives with his family in Long Island, New York.

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Zoobreak 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 94 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and i want the ebook of it cause the book was a libary book . Any ways this book is about a monkey who gets stolen and the man with a plan and his freinds try to get it out. But will this may seem easy he is aslo going to have to deal with loseing his best freind for every. The book is so great u wont every see the ending coming..... Some peolpe say that is nbd( no big deal) but this is a big deal
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't even finished the book and I'm already attached and can't stop reading it. Whole series is recommended!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking at the reviews for this book, and the lowest anyone has ever given this book (Series) was FOUR STARS!!!!! Love this series, and Gordan Korman ROCKS.
dloading_5 More than 1 year ago
This book is about how a girl has a monkey and the monkey gets stolen from her. Her friends try to help her find the monkey. I think this shows that younger kids can stand up against anyone and fight for their rights. Her and her friends went on a school field trip after the monkey was missing. They went to the zoo but the zoo was on a boat and it traveled around the world to different places. When they were on the boat she noticed that they had a monkey and they found out that it was her monkey. So later they figure out a plan to get the monkey off the boat safely. Eventually they get around the body guard and once they all get in there they decide that they are taking all the animals home with them. But all of the friends have to take some with them so they don’t get caught. After they keep the animals for a week, they sneak them into the local zoo. When they get to the zoo, they put all the animals in the right pens. But when they came out, the zoo keeper from the boat comes. But they sneak away safely. I recommend this book to people that like mystery and excitement in their books. Because at first it was a mystery how they were going to get the monkey. Also the reader is trying to figure out what they will do with the animals and how they are going to take care of the animals.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really good I loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Asome book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An absolute amazing book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am still reading it and it is amazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first book is good but this is just amzing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is now one of my fav books. I can relate myself to Savannah because im an addivt to animals
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The series is an amazing series I highly recommend it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Second best book i have ever read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great for all ages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just read Swindle five minutes later im buying Zoobreak. LOVE IT!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got the sample and it sounds like a really good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a good book love it!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would love to get someone to read this because its a wonderful book!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book
SecretRin More than 1 year ago
I love Gordon Korman books and this one couldn't come out soon enough. I think that it is amazing and fun to read, and while it was kinda easy for me,(I am in the end of the 7th grade and I read at a high junior high school level...I took a test) I loved it beggining to end. Couldn't wait for the next one to come out! You've done it again Mr. Gordon Korman. XD =)
Anonymous 6 months ago
Such wow. So book
SCHSReader1 More than 1 year ago
Griffin Bing and his classmates take a field trip to a floating zoo on a ship. Savannah is desperate to find her monkey, Cleopatra. Savannah finds out that Mr. Nastase, the floating zoo owner is keeping Cleopatra and making her to be held captive. But Griffin Bing is always the man with the plan. Even though the attorneys can’t do anything to Mr. Nastase, Griffin Bing sets up a plan to do the biggest zoobreak to free Cleopatra and all the other animals around her. I recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries or to people who like zoo animals.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello again swindle fans! I have made a reveiw of the second book! So this sequal from the first book, swindle has been one of my least faves of the seiries but it is still by far worth getting. It is about the two boys friend, savvanahs monkey has been stolen! They need much detective work to find this chimp. Will they find him on time?