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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (462 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sonya Hartnett Narrator: Richard Aspel Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN:
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Two gypsy boys are fleeing through a war-ravaged countryside during the night, carrying a secret bundle. The boys stumble across a town that has been reduced to smoking rubble, and a zoo that is still intact. When the boys take shelter in the zoo, they discover a menagerie of talking animals. Both the boys and the animals tell their tales and speak of their desire for freedom.

Like The Silver Donkey and The Ghost's Child, this is another beautiful fable-like tale that will move you to tears. It's a story that will appeal to all ages, that merges history with fantasy; adults will enjoy this as much as children.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/19/2014

    " A haunting and beautiful read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ange | 2/14/2014

    " Let me say up front that I'm a big fan of Sonya Hartnett and so am rating this against her other works which I have absolutely loved. Sonya has a way of seeing into the dark and quiet places of the human soul, especially those of children. In "The Midnight Zoo" she explores the effect of man's all consuming greed and desire to control and own everything it can. She does this through the eyes of 2 children, alone, abandoned and trying to survive during WWII. Although I enjoyed the book, I thought that the ending was too vague and ambiguous, even for Sonya, who usually gives the reader and ending that can be more than the words written on the page. Definitely not my favourite one of her novels but yet again she makes you explore your own morals and beliefs and look at the world in a slightly different way. Beautiful prose and imagery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina Cavanough | 2/14/2014

    " Very lovely story, but just feel like I missed something. Might have to sit down and try to re-read in a single sitting.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hannah | 1/22/2014

    " Awfully sad, sweet and poignant. Set during WW2, and told from a child's perspective. Nothing much really happens, per say, but its still a beautiful, tragic book detailing the discovery of an abandoned zoo during war time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zali | 1/10/2014

    " Amazing book. Don't normally read these types of books but I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tonya | 1/3/2014

    " I wolfed this book down in a day - I could not put it down! What a wonderful read. The constant metaphor running from animals' captured in a derelict zoo to the humans captured in a senseless war zone. Reminiscent in parts to Life of Pi. I adored this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine Brodien-Jones | 11/22/2013

    " A quiet, reflective book, written in a simple, moving and beautiful style. Set in the Second World War, seen through the eyes of two young boys and animals trapped inside a zoo. A haunting tale of war and freedom and families torn apart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lydia | 11/5/2013

    " Animals talk in an abandoned Eastern European zoo that two young Gypsies stumble upon. Magical realism is not my bag but these kids have survived a massacre, so anything is possible. Beautiful, evocative writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mia | 1/18/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. The words flowed easily through my mind. Sad and poignant, with interesting characters and story-line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 9/11/2011

    " all right, a nice story but it doesn't deserve to be on the carnegie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Logestar99 | 7/24/2011

    " The Midnight Zoo is a beautiful piece of writing, the story is is touching as it talks of the childrens bond with the animals and also shows animals are important to our life. I highly reccomend this book due to the beautiful writing style and story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tressa | 5/18/2011

    " The Midnight Zoo didn't appeal to me, but the illustrations were lovely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 3/4/2011

    " Officially for YA but equally good for adults. A moving story about war, displacement and freedom. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Immie | 10/26/2010

    " I liked this book but I think it lacked an ending "

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About the Author
Author Sonya Hartnett

Sonya Hartnett is the winner of the 2008 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world’s largest award for lifetime achievement in children’s and youth literature. Her novels with Candlewick include Thursday’s Child, The Silver Donkey, and Surrender, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. She lives in Australia.