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Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 6n/a5.664152
12 year old Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt Fitzroy has got a murder on his hands and trouble on his tail. Henry, the hippopatamus at the brand-new nationally known FunJungle, has gone belly up. Even though it's claimed he died of natural causes, Teddy smells something fishy and it sure ain't the polar bear's lunch. Dealing with the zoo's top brass proves to be nothing but a waste of time. They want to see any trace of Henry's death disappear like yesterday's paper. So Teddy sets out to find the truth. With the help of Summer McCraken, a fiesty girl with secrets of her own, the two narrow down their prime suspects. Is it Martin Del Gato, FunJungle's head of operations who hates kids and hates animals even more? Or J.J McCraken, the owner of FunJungle and and hates animals even more? Or J.J McCraken, the owner of FunJungle and Summer's father, who has more concern for the dough he's raking in than the animals in the zoo? As their investigation goes on, Teddy gets squeezed on all sides to quit asking questions or Henry won't be the only animal in the zoo to turn up dead. The deeper Teddy and Summer get, they had better make sure they want to know what they want to know because when it comes to hippo homicide, the truth can't be kept in a cage!
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published on May 18, 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 1416987312
ISBN-13: 9781416987314
23 Book Reviews
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  • 13iamgroot
    13iamgrootThursday, August 22, 2019 at 3:26 pm33 stars
    I read this book because I really loved Stuart Gibbs other series spy school and moon base alpha. It is a pretty good book about a kid who lives on a zoo that his mom and dad work for. He knows all the in and outs and has settled on playing pranks because he gets pretty bored sometimes. So when the zoo's mascot henry the hippo mysteriously dies one day and he sneaks into the autopsy and finds out the death might not be of natural causes, he decides to investigate. It was a pretty good book however I found that the plot was the exact same as Stuart Gibbs' other book, Space Case. There were so many things that were the same! I was shocked! If you have read both books please comment if you noticed this too, and if you can find all the things that are the same!
    • reader2009
      reader2009Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 9:21 pm44 stars
      This was an okay book but it definitely was not as good as the Spy School series.
      • sylvie55555
        sylvie55555Friday, July 19, 2019 at 3:31 pm55 stars
        This is the first book in the fun jungle series written by Stuart Gibbs. In this book 12 year old Teddy ´s parents work int he worlds biggest zoo. So when one of their most important animals die Teddy starts to think something fishy is going on. Teddy starts to work on the case with Summer, the daughter of the owner of the zoo! Will Teddy crack the case? Read the book to find out. Stuart Gibbs is an amazing other and this is a wonderful series, as well as the Spy School and Space Case series! Hope you like this book!
        • iccream1498😍Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 5:49 pm
          great book but only thing i dont like is hippos shotting pop out of there rear end 4 stars
          • watercolrwonder
            watercolrwonderWednesday, June 5, 2019 at 5:08 am55 stars
            I love these books! They leave you hanging on to every word; you won't want to put it down. If you love mystery and adventure, you will really like these books!
            • natureboy
              natureboyWednesday, May 29, 2019 at 7:40 am55 stars
              This is such a good book. It is full of surprises and mysteries. If you are looking for an amazing book this is the one. If you've already read this there is a second book that I read too. I loved this book so I bet you will too!
              • jordynf
                jordynfTuesday, May 28, 2019 at 7:08 am44 stars
                it looks cool
                • ann_marie_h
                  ann_marie_hTuesday, May 28, 2019 at 7:07 am
                  It was horrible and I hated it. half f the book was about how hippos shoot poop out of their butts and how cringe the theme park was and it was all over the place. i would NOT recommend this book
                  • alivialovesdogs
                    alivialovesdogsTuesday, May 28, 2019 at 6:57 am44 stars
                    I like this book because it is like a mystery and it has animals in it and it is all about a newly opened zoo.
                    • BeeTuesday, April 2, 2019 at 12:26 pm
                      It was a very interesting book I love, the problem is that the chapters are so long. When I was in my reading group I took forever to get through seven chapters a day!