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Marlin is not slow, or mute; what he is is a stutterer, and that makes it impossible for him to convince people otherwise. He is also a Rackham: the youngest son of the world-famous explorer Roland Rackham, who is the owner and proprietor of the Zoo at the Edge of the World, a resort where the well-to-do from all over the world can come to experience the last bit of the wild left in the world at the end of the nineteenth century.

In order to impress a powerful duke who comes to visit the zoo, Marlin’s father ventures into the jungle and brings back a mysterious black jaguar, now the only one in captivity. Everyone is terrified of the jaguar, including Marlin—until one night, when the jaguar confers upon him a powerful gift. Soon Marlin finds himself with a difficult choice to make and, finally, something to say. If only he can figure out how to say it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gale’s touching story addresses the importance of empathy for all living things as it examines the delicate relationship between humans and animals.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Well-paced action, a complex—but not too complicated—plot, healthy doses of suspense, and a wild, well-developed cast of characters (human and animal) make this an enjoyable page-turner.”

    School Library Journal

  • “The book is firmly pro-animal, but the stance isn’t overt or preachy. A secondary plot concerning Marlin’s relationships with his father and brother is equally nuanced and powerful, making the book a formidable read on two fronts. The romantic setting and striking prose are icing on the cake, creating an intoxicatingly charming book. Beautiful and fully absorbing.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Narrator

Julian Elfer is an award-winning, classically trained British actor with extensive stage experience. He studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and the British Academy at Oxford University, where he studied with the likes of Derek Jacobi, Kevin Spacey, Fiona Shaw, and Alan Rickman. Elfer currently resides and acts in New York City.