The Midnight Zoo

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The Midnight Zoo

author: Sonya Hartnett
illustrator: Andrea Offermann

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.

Master storyteller Sonya Hartnett crafts a magical and moving fable about war and redemption . . . and what it means to be free.
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$16.99 / $19.00
0763656321 /  9780763656324
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Fiction - Illustrated Middle-grade / EBook
age range:
10 yrs - 14 yrs
# of pages/size:
224 / N/A
grade range:
Grade 5 - Grade 9
Animals; Historical; Fantasy & Magic;
author’s comments:
Sonya Hartnett is an internationally acclaimed author of many award-winning novels including Thursday’s Child, What the Birds See, Stripes of the Sidestep Wolf, The Silver Donkey, The Ghost’s Child, Butterfly, and the Michael L. Printz Honor Book Surrender. She was the winner of the 2008 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world’s largest award for lifetime achievement in children’s and youth literature. Sonya Hartnett lives in Australia.
illustrator’s comments:
Andrea Offermann is a fine artist and the illustrator of Boneshaker, by Kate Milford. She attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and now lives in Germany.
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