ZOOBREAK by Gordon Korman


From the "Swindle" series, volume 2
Age Range: 9 - 12
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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)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-545-12499-7
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2009


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