Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
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!
Paperback, 320 pages
Published on July 5, 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 1416987320
ISBN-13: 9781416987321
28 Book Reviews
  • be23
    be23Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm33 stars
    Good book. Interesting take on a hippo murder.
    • eap7895
      eap7895Friday, November 14, 2014 at 4:53 pm
      this book is...different
      • mgruening
        mgrueningTuesday, September 23, 2014 at 11:12 am55 stars
        I love this book!!! It is one of the best mysteries I have ever read!
        • ikyra_marie
          ikyra_marieSunday, May 4, 2014 at 10:25 am
          LOVE this book!
          • coolman5678
            coolman5678Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 3:26 pm55 stars
            loved it
            • mlkirk
              Mrs. KirkFriday, June 28, 2013 at 3:43 am44 stars
              Belly Up is an EBOB book. This is a funny mystery.
              • ducksareawesome
                ducksareawesomeThursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:12 pm
                I have never in my life have even heard of this book, but when i heard that my friend, Mia was doing it, i looked into it and found out that it sounded like an amazing book!!!! I really look forward to reading it someday!!!
                • dominick32
                  dominick32Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm55 stars
                  this book is really good it has mysteries and adventure. two kids try to find out who killed henry hippo and they have many suspects. you have to read it to find out what happend