“...a fast-paced mix of mystery and fantasy [with] enough action and suspense to keep the most reluctant reader entertained. It promises to be the beginning of a popular series.”
~ School Library Journal
“Bryan Chick … easily bridges the gap from mystery to fantasy…[and] masterfully transforms simple animals into magical creatures... Chick’s creatively crafted zoo animals communicate mysteriously, with both characters and readers alike.... [The] characters and animals spring to life with beautiful imagery, and leave readers anxiously awaiting the sequel. This fast-paced novel will appeal to both youthful and mature readers. The intricately designed plot will keep readers turning pages.”
~ ForeWord Magazine
"Chick debuts with an action-packed and breathless story about teamwork..."
~ Publishers Weekly
“A modern-day fantasy adventure packed cover to cover with wide-eyed wonder.”
~ Midwest Review
"... a constant lightning pace ... an excellent book for reluctant readers."
~ HeartLand Reviews
“I strongly believe that this is one of the best, if not the best, recently published book for middle readers that I have read!”
~ Kimberly Kyff
Michigan Teacher of the Year, '06-'07
“I absolutely love it! It’s like walking into the butterfly exhibit at my local zoo; everywhere I look, there are splashes of brilliance.”
~ Sara Glassman
Little Professor Book Center
"The author provides intricate details to his story that will have readers not being able to put the book down. The ending page clearly points to a sequel, hopefully very soon!"
~ The Book Nook
Student & Parent Reviews
My eight year old son loved your first Secret Zoo book since you came to his school last year. He has read the book front to back numerous times and would like to know when the next book will be coming out. Keep up the good work, it is books like yours that make children excited about reading. ~ Holly E.
My 9 year old daughter recently purchased an autographed copy of Secret Zoo. It is her favorite book and she falls asleep reading it every night (she is on her third reading of it). ~Dawn J.
We love The Secret Zoo!
Home schoolers in Ashburn, VA
My son recieved a signed copy of your book for Christmas this past year, and I just wanted to let you know how much we have both enjoyed reading your book. We are both excited to read what happens in the books to come. ~Leilani S.
I just finished the Secret Zoo and it is x-tremely AWESOME!!!!!!!! I'm pretty sure you are going to be as famous as J.K. Rowling! Your book is as good (probably better)! ~ Sarah M.
My 7yr old just finished the novel The Secret Zoo and was completely excited and enthralled with it, begging me to find the next book in the series. Every night I’d go up and tell her it was time for bed and put the book away and would always get the groan “But Dad – I can’t stop now, this is a really interesting part!” ~Delbert M.
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