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Poached: FunJungle, Book 2

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Engaging zoo sequel blends smarts, pranks, and animal facts.

Book Stuart Gibbs Mystery 2014
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This is a fun, fast-paced novel that deftly blends a love of (and healthy respect for) animals, a passion for knowledge, clever turns, and the silly, if crass, mentality of a 12-year-old boy. Gibb manages to mix in facts about koala's nutrition and predatory shark behavior while creating an intriguing whodunit. Even though there are a few problematic fat jokes and enough slipping on vomit to last a lifetime, Poached is an exciting, visual read.

There are some situational ethics here parents may want to discuss. Teddy lies to some people but is honest with others. He sneaks around and commits crimes when necessary to clear his name. And the handling of the bully, though cinematic and satisfying, is not the advice we'd recommend in real life -- it results in fisticuffs. But these issues are handled thoughtfully enough to be more of a jumping-off place than a wrong turn. Poached is the rare book that puts a premium on knowing and doing and that spotlights an appreciation for science in the process. An especially great choice for kids who like animals and mysteries.

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