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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
27 Book Reviews
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  • 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!
          • yellingout
            yellingoutTuesday, November 27, 2018 at 4:02 pm55 stars
            this book is very sad and funny!!!
            • vballdanceky
              vballdancekyFriday, November 10, 2017 at 11:19 am55 stars
              This is a great book and is fun to make predictions during the book(:!
              • zszoo
                zszooMonday, November 6, 2017 at 12:50 pm55 stars
                great book!!!!!
                • packjack100
                  packjack100Friday, November 18, 2016 at 10:38 am55 stars
                  This book is about a boy who's parents work at a Zoo. The zoo's mascot dies and the boy tries to figure out who killed him. Along his journey he meets friends, and nearly dies! I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery and action story.
                  • iismael15
                    iismael15Friday, September 16, 2016 at 6:42 am33 stars
                    Good book about a hippo
                    • be23
                      be23Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm33 stars
                      Good book. Interesting take on a hippo murder.