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Let’s discuss The Zoo at the Edge of the World by Eric Kahn Gale. From the author of The Bully Book comes a timeless story about a young boy, his father, and the world that comes between them, which New York Times–bestselling author Peter Lerangis called “magical, mysterious, fresh, original, and full of heart.”
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The Zoo at the Edge of the World
Author: Eric Kahn Gale
Genre: Middle Grade
Marlin is not slow or mute; what he is is a stutterer, and that makes it impossible for him to convince people otherwise. What he is also is a Rackham: the younger son of the world-famous explorer Ronan Rackham, the owner and proprietor of the Zoo at the Edge of the World, a resort where the well-to-do from all over the globe can come to experience the last bit of the wild left at the end of the nineteenth century.
To impress a powerful duke who visits the zoo, Marlin’s father ventures into the jungle and brings back a mysterious black jaguar, the only one in captivity. Everyone is terrified of it, including Marlin—until one night, when the jaguar confers upon him a powerful gift. Soon, Marlin finds himself with a difficult choice and, finally, something to say. If only he could figure out how to say it.
One of my all-time favorite books!!
This book reads like a great action movie. The story’s setting is an exotic resort with such a magical and mysterious feeling like the jungle surrounding it. The main character has a stutter, which I feel is a rare characteristic in novels and done well in here. The animals are interesting characters, and they can communicate with the MC is important to the story. The novel gets dark quickly and, compared to many novels, has little violence and is not too disturbing, but enough to keep the action engaging and the reader biting their nails. I highly recommend it, and the illustrations inside are gorgeous.
I give The Zoo at the Edge of the World by Eric Kahn Gale 5 out of 5 stars.
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- The Zoo at the Edge of the World by Eric Kahn Gale - July 20, 2022