Book Review: Zoobreak

Zoobreak a break from tradition

  • Grades: 3–5, 6–8

Author: Gordan Korman
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication date: September 1, 2009

In Gordon Korman's new novel Zoobreak, characters from another of his books, Swindle, also star in this action-packed, humorous animal adventure. The unforgettable story of Zoobreak is a great novel for kids ages 9 to 12.

In the story, Savannah, an animal lover, Griffin, a master schemer, and Ben, the devoted sidekick, take a field trip with their class to a floating zoo.

When they arrive, they notice that the animals are being grossly mistreated and are malnourished. In response, they harness the talents of their other classmates, including a computer mastermind named Melissa and a renowned hiker named Pitch. Together, they create a plan to break the animals out of their "prison" and into a better environment.

The plot moves quickly through a variety of literary twists and turns, complicating the Zoobreak team's plans and creating an entertaining story. This is one of the reasons why I enjoyed the book. Also, I found it was simple to read and understand, making it easy to enjoy.

This book would be perfect to engage the student for whom reading is a chore, as well as for avid readers looking for fun. I think most middle grade readers would enjoy this book, which defies the stereotypical label of "animal story."

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