Belly Up

(Part of FunJungle)
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About The Book

Twelve-year-old Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt Fitzroy has murder on his hands and trouble on his tail. He believes that Henry, the hippopotamus at the brand-new FunJungle, has been murdered. The zoo’s top brass claim the hippo went belly up the natural way, but Teddy and his feisty friend Summer McCraken have other ideas. Could the culprit be FunJungle’s animal-hating head of operations? Or is it FunJungle’s owner—Summer’s dad—a man who is much more concerned about money than animal welfare? The deeper Teddy and Summer dig, the more danger they’re in—because when it comes to hippo homicide, the truth can’t be caged!

About The Author

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Stuart Gibbs is the author of the FunJungle series, as well as the New York Times bestselling Spy School and Moon Base Alpha series. He has written the screenplays for movies like See Spot Run and Repli-Kate, worked on a whole bunch of animated films, developed TV shows for Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, ABC, and Fox. Stuart lives with his family in Los Angeles. You can learn more about what he’s up to at StuartGibbs.com.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (July 2011)
  • Length: 320 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416987321
  • Grades: 3 - 7
  • Ages: 8 - 12

Raves and Reviews

"Great fun....In his authorial debut, screenwriter Gibbs combines details of the inner workings of zoos with some over-the-top action for an entertaining read."

– Kirkus Reviews

Awards and Honors

  • Maud Hart Lovelace Award Master List (MN)
  • South Carolina Book Award Nominee
  • Iowa Children's Choice Award Master List
  • Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award (MN)
  • Texas Lone Star Reading List
  • California Collections
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Master List (VT)
  • Mark Twain Award Master List (MO)
  • Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award
  • Great Lakes Book Award

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