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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (600 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bryan Chick Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9780061995262
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Something strange is happening at the Clarksville City Zoo. Late at night, monkeys are scaling the walls and searching the neighborhood—but what are they looking for?

Noah, his sister Megan, and their best friends, Richie and Ella, live next door to the zoo. Megan is the first to notice the puzzling behavior of some of the animals. One day Megan disappears, and her brother and their friends realize it's up to them to find her. Their only choice is to follow a series of clues and sneak into the zoo. But once inside, will they discover there's much more to the Clarksville City Zoo than they could ever have guessed?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An action-packed and breathless story about teamwork…should appeal both to animal lovers and a broader audience.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A fast-paced mix of mystery and fantasy…It promises to be the beginning of a popular series.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ilene Gould | 2/19/2014

    " Oh my gosh I thought that this book was amazing!!!!!! I read it in 4 days and the chapters are short so you can read them quickly. The only thing I didn't like was that there were a lot of unanswered questions and so I hope they are answered in the next book. This is a fast paced book and almost never a dull moment. I would recommend this book to anyone it is a great Read!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 2/11/2014

    " This book really captured the imagination of my 8 and almost 6 year old boys. They would beg and beg for just one more chapter each night. I read the bio on the author to my 8 year old who would like to be an author himself one day. Bryan Chick came up with the idea for this book when he was only 9 and my son just loved that. The biggest flaw with the book is that you don't get to know a lot about the main characters, but there is plenty of action and adventure to make up for it. We'll be getting the second book in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sambaye | 2/9/2014

    " it is very interesting and you should read it even if it was 1million dollars I would read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Lindblom | 2/3/2014

    " I read this to Caden over the summer and I thought I was a fun read and keep Caden excited. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isabella | 1/28/2014

    " I love this book it is very interesting and I am reading it now and I don't ever want to put it down!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meaghan | 1/21/2014

    " This is a great book! I don't noramlly read kids books, but this one caught my eye one day at work and I just had to check it out! Although the book is definitely a quick read for tenns and adults, it is very well written and well thought out. The beginning was wonderfully mysterious and suspenseful; it gave me shivers reading it. I also like how Bryan Chick starts out giving you a very tiny hint and then starts the actual story from a point a month later. All the characters were delightful and I was very pleased that the animals were intelligent, but not overly anthropomorphic. I would recommend it for kids who love adventure and mystery as well as for adults who don't mind picking up a kids book once in a while. I can't wait to read the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 1/18/2014

    " read it with my daughters ages 6 &9. They cannot wait to read the next one. I thought it might be a little too scary, but they really loved the adventures of the Action Scouts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 1/13/2014

    " The cover of this book caught my eye. I'm always a sucker for good cover art. This was a great book to read with the kids because it appealed to all ages (currently 4-11 years old). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lydia | 1/5/2014

    " I loved it- adventureous, action-packed, and fun "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rlsjohnson11 | 11/2/2013

    " This is a cute book for kids. It has a good imagination in the writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 10/31/2013

    " I've been reading this book with my 7 year old son. We really liked the idea behind the book. It does not flow well and was very hard to read out loud. I feel that a lot of things were just added to up the word count. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 9/18/2013

    " I read this book to my class before the author, Bryan Chick, came to our school. My second grade students loved the book and looked forward to the read aloud. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Jones | 9/14/2013

    " First book recommendation from my daughter...not bad! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 8/20/2013

    " I'm reading this with my grandson, Jeremy, as his first novel to be read in 5th grade. This was a cute little adventure story. We can't wait to start the next book in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 8/17/2013

    " Already know this one will be read to our Baby Sweetie when she gets older! Great adventure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kym | 7/17/2013

    " For Coaching 5th grade battle of books (BOB). Author lives in Clarkston MI. Met him at the school on BOB meeting.. 1st of 10 books he's writing, releasing 1 book every 15 months. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 2/24/2013

    " Noah's sister goes missing, and clues delivered from animals at the nearby zoo have Noah and his friends puzzled at what the zoo had to do with her disappearance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M-Tear | 2/23/2013

    " EPICNESS!! M-Tear loved it! Originaly, she only picked it up at the library because the main characters name was Noah, but once she started the book she just couldn't stop! Definatly need to own it, and find the sequeal! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Ard | 12/27/2012

    " Kids will love the settings in this book - all the different habitats of the zoo. Also kids who love animals will dig the rides on polar bears, penguins, etc. that the Adventure Scouts experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Greenseid | 12/26/2012

    " Page turner, interesting plot, straight forward writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/7/2012

    " Fun story, but not a great read aloud. The kids liked it so much that we read the 2nd and due to a cliffhanger will be reading the 3rd. After that...something new! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Britz | 11/29/2011

    " Cool... I like it... Hope i can find it's next books... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Momma | 11/24/2011

    " i liked it, i can't wait till my boys are old enough to read it. I will read at least the next one... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie Plested | 11/1/2011

    " Kelsey wanted me to read this book, she looked it and is thrilled there are two more books to read in the set. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Orchard | 10/25/2011

    " Really compelling idea and written in a fun and face paced way. Really enjoyed this book. When of the better middle grade books I've read recently. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 7/16/2011

    " This was much better than I thought it would be after reading the first few pages. I really enjoyed the animal characters! There are 2 more books after this one that I will be reading to see what other adventures the kids go on :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Genevieve | 6/14/2011

    " Just can't get into this one, but a good choice for younger readers wanting some intrigue and fantasy, I think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 6/12/2011

    " Kids will love the settings in this book - all the different habitats of the zoo. Also kids who love animals will dig the rides on polar bears, penguins, etc. that the Adventure Scouts experience. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 6/10/2011

    " Such a disappointment. A lot of leading up to a climax that is really lame and then just becomes preposterous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorelie | 6/5/2011

    " Interesting concept. My 10 year old LOVED the book. I enjoyed it, but can't say I "LOVED" it. I thought the action portion of the book was too short and a bit anti-climactic. But I really did enjoy the concept. And will read any following sequels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 4/25/2011

    " Megan disappears and then Noah her brother starts receiving strange pieces of his sister Megan's journal. This leads him and the other Action Scouts on a journey to save Megan hidden within the secret zoo! Fun story for all ages, with additional books in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhi | 1/30/2011

    " Charming, but better for the younger crowd. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 10/7/2010

    " I loved how different this book was. Very action packed too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 9/9/2010

    " Noah's siter goes missing after some mysterious messages are given to her. Noah and his friends put themselves in danger to find out if the strange happenings at the local zoo are to blame. Elementary children will find this a fun, fanciful story they can't put down. I highly recommend it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristy | 9/9/2010

    " I LOVED this book and I can't wait to read the next one! I hope this guy keeps writing. "

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About the Author
Author Bryan Chick

Bryan Chick is the author of the Secret Zoo series. He originally had the idea for the series when he was a nine-year-old and wondered what would happen if zoo exhibits had secret doors that allowed children to go inside . . . and the animals to come outside. Bryan Chick lives with his wife and three children in Clarkston, Michigan.

About the Narrator

Patrick Lawlor, an award-winning narrator, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. He has worked extensively off Broadway and has been an actor and stuntman in both film and television. He has been an Audie Award finalist multiple times and has garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and many starred audio reviews from Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews.