The Zoo at the Edge of the World

The Zoo at the Edge of the World

Book - 2014
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Marlin, a stutterer, can talk smoothly and freely with the jungle animals that populate his father's zoo in South America--until a mysterious man-eating black jaguar that his father catches and brings back home talks back.
Publisher: New York :, Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062125163
Branch Call Number: j GAL NVD
Characteristics: 233 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Nielson, Sam

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ebhurst
May 30, 2017

This book was an interesting read. While I don't know that all children would enjoy the ending, it was a fantastical tale and I think the author was very creative in his main character having a stutter. Good audiobook for traveling to the zoo!

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scifiandscary
Jan 17, 2016

The Zoo at the Edge of the World is an intense read. It takes place within one pivotal week within Marlin Rackham's existence, so needless to say the pace is almost ridiculously fast (not a bad thing). Marlin, whose stutter is so bad he can barely manage to get a single clear word out (except in certain situations), is forced to make some very hard decisions as he examines what's right and what's wrong. Once things start to happen, with the arrival of the jaguar, everything quickly snowballs and you're left - at the end of the book - feeling pretty sorry for the kid, regardless of how it ends.

It provides some thought-provoking talk about the basic idea of if you can truly conquer something and be its protector at the same time. It has a main character that suffers from a disability (which is becoming something you see more often, but is still not commonplace). It's about a young boy discovering his self-worth, and learning to stand up for himself. Its also about growing up, even though its growing up too soon.

Unfortunately I don't feel like I can go into more detail without spoiling, so I'll just end with this is a great book that was written with obvious talent (the author is the same dude who wrote The Bully Book, and it should definitely go on your list of books to check out when you get a few minutes. There are elements of historical-fiction, fantasy, and action/adventure. Well worth your time.

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bridge1
Nov 09, 2014

A good story that shows that you must do what you believe to be important.

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blue_jaguar_1542
Aug 08, 2017

blue_jaguar_1542 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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Firerose14
Jan 09, 2015

Firerose14 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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