Monday, October 25, 2010

Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs

Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Childrens
Pages:  304
Source:  Library
Genre:  Middle Grade Realistic Fiction

Twelve year old Teddy Fitzroy has grown up around animals all his life.  His parents worked with animals in the Congo until the war got so bad they feared for their son's life.  Now they work for the new internationally know zoo, FunJungle.  Teddy is constantly having problems with security.  It is no wonder he finds himself in trouble when the zoo's mascot, Henry the Hippo is found dead in his pool.  He sneaks into the autopsy room and finds out that Henry was murdered.  He doesn't know who to trust so he tries to tell the police.  They think it is a prank call.  Now he must find out who is behind all of this and why before they find him and try to eliminate him.  I loved this book.  I originally had checked it out from my local library but found it so good that I purchased a copy for my shelves at school.  It has several good lessons about the problems facing animals in the jungle and the diamond/emerald trade.

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