The Midnight Zoo

The Midnight Zoo

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Master storyteller Sonya Hartnett crafts a magical and moving fable about war and redemption . . . and what it means to be free.

When the Germans attack their Romany encampment during World War II, Andrej and his younger brother, Tomas, flee through a ravaged countryside under cover of darkness, guarding a secret bundle. Their journey leads to a bombed-out town, where the boys discover a hidden wonder: a zoo filled with creatures in need of hope. Like Andrej and Tomas, the animals--wolf and eagle, monkey and bear, lioness and seal, kangaroo and llama-- have stories to share and a mission to reclaim their lives.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2011.
Edition: First Candlewick Press edition
ISBN: 9780763653392
076365339X
Branch Call Number: j F HARTNETT
Characteristics: 217 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Offermann, Andrea

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branch_reviews Apr 21, 2012

When the Germans attack their Romany camp two brothers flee through the countryside carrying a secret bundle. The brothers stumble upon a deserted town where they find a zoo. The animals too are victims of war, left behind and caged. The animals tell their stories helping the children understand what has become of their lives and what it means to be free. Although the setting is World War II, it could also be anywhere in the world where there is war. The animal’s voices encourage the boys and the reader to think about big issues of life, family and survival. This book would make an excellent book club choice.
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whiteshadow13 Jan 30, 2012

Twelve-year-old Andrej, nine-year-old Tomas, and their baby sister Wilma flee their Romany encampment when it is attacked by Germans during World War II, and in an abandoned town they find a zoo where the animals tell their stories, helping the children understand what has become of their lives and what it means to be free.

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