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Title:
Terror at the zoo
Author:
Kehret, Peg.
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Edition:
[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, 2002.

©1992
Physical Description:
166 pages ; 23 cm
Summary:
Twelve-year-old Ellen and her younger brother Corey are excited about their overnight camp-out at the zoo, until they discover that they are locked inside with a desperate escaped convict.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.6 5.0 8937.
ISBN:
9780786245116
Format :
Book

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Twelve-year-old Ellen and her younger brother Corey are excited about their overnight camp-out at the zoo, until they discover that they are locked inside with a desperate escaped convict.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 4-7. For her twelfth birthday, Ellen is allowed to camp out overnight at the zoo; for his birthday, Tony Haymes makes a clean break from the penitentiary. After circumstances prevent Ellen's parents and grandparents from meeting her and her younger brother, Corey, at the zoo, the birthday event turns into a night of terror: the children foil Tony's plans to steal a valuable animal, and he decides to hold them for ransom instead. As a last resort, Ellen attempts to communicate her desperation to the elephants. Plausible incidents and believable characters combine in a fast-moving and well-constructed tale. Familiar to the sister and brother by day, the zoo provides an unusual nighttime setting and gives Ellen and Corey an advantage over the criminal--though Kehret stops short of giving the animals total credit for saving them. While conveniently out of the picture most of the time, the adults are portrayed as responsible and loving. The criminal, motivated by greed, is not inclined toward violence. In addition, Ellen's initial wish to have her new maturity recognized is fulfilled. The title and dust jacket issue an invitation most kids will readily accept. ~--Karen Hutt


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-- An overnight camp out at the zoo turns into a nightmare for Ellen and her little brother Corey when an escaped prisoner also takes refuge there. Through a series of mostly implausible coincidences, they find themselves locked in the zoo grounds with a dangerous and desperate man who plans to hold them for ransom. Each of the several adults responsible for the children thinks someone else is with them, so no one comes to their rescue. Several pursuit scenes through the ominous dark lead the siblings to the Elephant Forest, where Ellen communicates telepathically with the elephants, spurring her favorite one to attack the man. The last minute arrival of the children's parents and a security guard prevents any blood from being shed. This highly improbable adventure is not up to Kehret's usual standards, but it will appeal to animal lovers looking for a spooky story. There is plenty of suspense, as the children are never sure around which dark corner the criminal lurks. A baby monkey and, of course, the heroic elephants add color to the story. Lightweight but entertaining fare. --Bruce Anne Shook, Mendenhall Middle School, Greensboro, NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.