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The Menagerie (Menagerie #1)

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Logan Wilde is accidentally drawn into the mysterious, dangerous world of the Menagerie when he discovers a griffin hiding under his bed . . . and it leads him straight to the weirdest girl in seventh grade, Zoe Kahn.

Zoe is panicking. Her family has been guarding the Menagerie for centuries. If they don't get the cubs back fast, the whole place will be shut down. To save t
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by HarperCollins
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If you are currently in the market for a fun-filled middle grade read filled with fantastical creatures, The Menagerie by Tui T. Sutherland and Kari Sutherland might just be your ticket. I found this book by the sisters Sutherland engaging and magical. That’s not to mention the humor, appropriate for a 12 year old, yet also the jokes inside made this adult laugh along too. Griffins, unicorns, golden geese and more make appearances in The Menagerie, a book that’s mostly about friendships – old an ...more
There comes a time in someones life when you realize you're too old to appreciate the mindless fun you can have with children's fiction. Yeah... I think I've reached that point...
Being an animal lover myself, I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Menagerie. Logan Wilde, the main character, wants a dog, a horse and for his mother to return. What he gets instead is a griffin cub, an almost fatal ride on a Kelpie, and an adventure involving mythical animals and new friends who are not quite what they appear to be at school.

Although I read The Menagerie in one go, I really didn't want the book to end. From the grudge-bearing unicorns to the self-pitying goose - the one that lays
Kat Heckenbach
Logan discovers a baby griffin in his bedroom--and even cooler, he can talk with it! He finds out the griffin has escaped from the Menagerie, a refuge for mythical creatures run by the family of a girl in his class named Zoe. The adventure begins as she and another boy from school, the cool and cool-named Blue, set out to search for the other missing griffin cubs.

The writing is good, the characters likable, the plot steady, and the Menagerie a pretty cool place. I can't help but mentally compare
I received this copy for free through Goodreads. Logan Wilde is new in the small town of Xanadu, Wyoming where he moved with his dad and has really made no friends. One morning he awakes to find his pets acting unusually and an odd feather in his room. This is the beginning of an adventure where Logan not only makes new friends but disovers a wonderful place which holds a Menagerie of magical creatures. 6 baby griffins have escaped leading to possible disaster and the end of the Menagerie as wel ...more
Kindle Daily Deal in February.

I very badly pre-judged this book and I have no idea why. It popped up repeatedly both on GoodReads and on Amazon, in the "people who bought this also bought" and "since you enjoyed this you might also enjoy" sections of the sites. It looked interesting, so I added it to my wishlist. Then later I was checking my wishlist (I sometimes add books impulsively, only to later wonder why I did so, so I review what's on there regularly) and decided that it might be ok, but
Sepideh Sahebsara
Die Grundhandlung war sehr interessant und stimmig für ein Kinderbuch. Ein Junge kommt neu in eine Stadt und muss sich neue Freunde suchen. Außerdem entdeckt er, wie der Titel es schon verrät, einen magischen Park in dem verschiedene magische Wesen wohnen. Was sie dort machen und wie sie dort hingekommen sind, muss jeder selbst lesen. Das Buch ist durchaus auch für Erwachsene nett zu lesen, wenn man solche locker leichten und fantasiereiche Geschichten mag. Die Greifen auf dem Cover sp
Sep 27, 2012 Kendra rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This book was so much fun! A light romp through a mythical world, full of humour and adventure. I devoured this one very quickly; it was just too enjoyable to put down. Already looking forward to the next in the series (and the first isn't even published yet)!

Perfect for young boys and girls alike (and for adults with a sense of whimsy, too). Keep your eye out for this one when it hits the shelves in March.
Steffi und Kay his-and-her-books
„Da bemerkte er auf dem Teppich einen Schwanz der unter dem herabhängenden Zipfel seiner Bettdecke hervorspitzte. Es war der lange, goldbraune und fellbesetzte Schwanz eines Löwen.
Unter seinem Bett war ein Monster.“
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Logan zieht mit seinem Vater nach Xanadu, dem langweiligsten Ort der USA. Doch im Wald verbirgt sich ein magischer Tierpark, in dem allerhand Fabelwesen hausen. Und sechs von ihnen sind entwischt. Sechs junge Greifen, die zurückgeholt werden müssen und plötzlich
Kim Harris
Logan and his father have moved from Chicago to Wyoming in search of Logan's missing mother. Logan has settled in, although making friends has been hard. Zoe is in trouble. Logan figures her dog is missing and that's why she is so upset. Even though she is standoffish and only hangs out with The cool kid, Blue, Logan wants to help her. But he finds more than a dog. It has the wings and beak of an eagle and the body of lion and it is search of treasure. It is a griffon, and even better, Logan can ...more
May 08, 2014 Judy added it
Xanadu Wyoming is a picturesque town with a hidden secret: a menagerie of fantastic animals including unicorn, dragons, griffins, phoenixes, and mermaids. It's closely guarded by a family who has been tending the Menagerie for centuries. 6 griffins escape and 7th graders Logan Wilde is accidentally drawn into the frantic search to find them before the SNAPA agents shut the Menagerie down! Great fantasy fiction for grades 4 and up.

If you like this, try:
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Mar 27, 2014 Sandy added it
Logan is the new kid in town, still hasn’t made too many friends, but he loves animals so when his classmates claim they’ve lost their dog, he’s very eager to help out. It’s only when he finds the first baby griffin that he realizes there’s more to Zoe Kahn than he ever realized. Zoe’s family keeps the Menagerie, and someone has let all the baby griffins lose. She has to find them, and quick, before any more people from the outside find out about them and the whole menagerie gets shut down.
Disclaimer: I was seriously considering giving 2 stars for that disgraceful ending, then decided I'd just leave it out of my rating, since it's possibly a personal pet peeve and I enjoyed reading the book for the most part.

The story itself was well written and fun, although definitely more for younger MG readers. And it must be a blast to read aloud, with great pointers for the different voices and a very distinct (and funny-cute) way for the griffin cubs to speak. It's full of magical creatures
Twelve-year-old Logan has just moved to Xanadu, Colorado with his father, after their mother's disappearance. It's not long before he realizes that classmates Zoe and Blue are not exactly ordinary middle-schoolers. Zoe's family runs a menagerie of mythical creatures, and six griffin cubs have been set loose upon the town. If she doesn't find them soon, their entire animal sanctuary could be in trouble... and so could Logan, though he doesn't know it yet.

There was a lot of potential in the story
Angela Rabbit
Personal opinion: READ THE MENAGERIE (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧ READ IT READ IT READ IT <333 I can not stress HOW AMAZING this book is! I loved reading it SO much! It was so easy to imagine and get into and I freaking LOVE all the characters in this book, like seriously, the Sutherland's know how to make some really lovable characters. I love every single thing about this book, I don't have one bad thing to say as far as I'm concerned this book is PERFECT. The story is excellent, the pace is perfect and I ...more
Ms. Yingling

Logan has moved to a small town in Wyoming with his father after his mother has left the family. One morning, a creature is in his room… and turns out to be a griffin that has escaped from the collection of Zoe’s family. Zoe is descended from Kublai Khan, and her family has kept magical creatures safe for years. Now, however, they have five baby griffins loose in the community, eating everything in sight and looking for “treasure”. Oddly, Logan can communicate with the animals, so Zoe’s family r
THE MENAGERIE was already on my TBR when it appeared in the discussion spurred by Varian Johnson's post "Where are all the black boys?" Logan Wilde is the new boy in town and hasn't quite found where he fits in yet. Then he discovers a griffin in his room, which leads him to the Menagerie, run by his classmate Zoe Kahn and her family, with help from his other classmate Blue.

I think THE MENAGERIE will appeal to young cryptzoology fans, but I found it a little disappointing. (I'm still happy I mov
ATOS Book Level: 4.6
Interest Level: Middle Grades (MG 4-8)
AR Points: 8.0
Lexile: 710L
Word Count: 56082

A great book especially for anyone who has become interested in magical creatures elsewhere, for example Percy Jackson.
Logan Wilde's mom has "ditched them via postcard". His father has moved them away out of Chicago and to the wilds of Xanadu, Wyoming, and Logan for the most part is happy with the move, except for missing "the deep-dish pizza smell that hung around his block".
He comes home from
Logan has recently moved to Xanadu. He's very unhappy about this move. His mother has left them and in an attempt to find out what happened, his father has quit his high profile job and moved them to this teeny tiny city in Wyoming. His new school has only 24 students in his grade. This means it's nearly impossible to make new friends, until he comes home one day and finds a griffin in his bed that talks to him. Oh my! Enter Zoe, the zookeeper, and Blue (the most popular boy in their lit
Becky B
Warning: Don't even think of cracking that cover unless a) you like learning lessons in patience or b) you like teaching children about cliffhangers. Yes, this book ends in a terrible cliffhanger. The worst kind too, because they had me convinced that they were just about to reveal a major answer to the mysteries, and all I got was a minor plot answer and those three dreaded words, "to be continued." I am convinced the Sutherlands are those kinds of authors that either adore having the next book ...more

The Menagerie is a book that caught my attention the moment I first heard of it. I recently discovered my library had a copy and immediately requested in. I was absolutely delighted that no one else had put a hold on it or had it checked out; I could get started right away!

Logan Wilde is having a pretty crummy summer. His mother left home one day and later sent a postcard stating she wouldn't be returning home to Logan and his father. Naturally the two are
I got a copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program to review. The premise sounded absolutely intriguing. It was a very well done book; full of mystery, adventure, and fun. It was a lot of fun to read and I enjoyed the characters and all of the mythical creatures.

Logan finds a griffin pup hiding under his bed and this leads him to meeting Zoe. Zoe’s family has guarded and run the Menagerie for generations. When the griffin pups break free Zoe is in big trouble and is frantically trying to
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The Menagerie by Tui T. and Kari Sutherland, is the story of Logan Wilde, a seventh-grade boy who discovers a baby griffin hiding under his bed. When he attempts to return the baby griffin to its owner, a classmate named Zoe Kahn, Logan discovers that the members of Zoe’s family are caretakers for a secret menagerie filled with mythical creatures. Six griffins escaped from it during the night, and are wandering around town creating havoc. If Logan and Zoe can’t find the five other griffins in ti ...more
The Menagerie by Tui T. Sutherland and Kari Sutherland follows Logan as he discovers a young griffin hiding under his bed. This griffin leads him to The Menagerie a wonderful place where magical creatures are kept which is run by his new friend Zoe's family. The two along with another friend Blue must find all the missing griffins to save the Menagerie.

I loved this book. It's cute and sweet and funny and the world that the Sutherlands have developed is truly magical. The characters from the indi
This children’s novel brims with fun, tension and a genuine love for animals (even if they’re only mythical ones). The characters in it are very appealing, especially the mythical beasts, each with his or her own distinct personality. There are adventure, danger, mystery and surprises galore. It’s the start of a series; the cliffhanger ending leaves no possibility of this being a one-shot book. You just simply have to read more to find out what happens to these magical beasts.
Why did it have to be the start of a series???? It would have been a good stand-alone novel. The author could have come back to the same cast of characters and location in another book, AFTER ENDING this one when the problem was resolved. But, no, she had to introduce a cliff-hanger right in the last few pages! This is my pet peeve, and I'm getting more and more peeved when authors do that.

Ah well, the juxtaposition of magic and the normal world was charmingly handled. The mystery about the mai
This book is totally amazing! It is very light-hearted, humorous, a mystery and has wondrous action, not to mention lacks romance. I would recommend this book to any one who enjoys the previously stated attributes, or enjoys series like Wings of Fire, by Tui T. Sutherland who co-wrote this book. Fore-shadowing and surprising turnarounds were another great part of this book. It shows that not everything is as you expect and the difference of have friends.
This is a wonderful book for kids, young adults, and even anyone older that enjoys fantasy. Logan has recently moved with his dad to a new town. His mother apparently abandoned them, and his father is trying to make a new start. One morning, Logan finds a baby griffin under his bed. This becomes his introduction to the coolest boy at school and the strangest girl in town. Acting as a team, they set out to find the other missing griffins. In the process, the Sutherland sisters have woven a magica ...more
Great stuff for the young reader who oves mythical creatures! The story involves your basic ordinary boy meets a family who tends mythical creatures, and finds he has a knack for baby griffin wrangling. It's your basic new kid in town finds a niche and makes friends, with a bit of family dynamic stuff thrown in. And it's your basic scary government bad enforcement types and sinister sneakers off in the background threatening everything.

But the sum of these somewhat unremarkable plot points is an
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Okay, I know what you’re thinking. Tui? What kind of name is that? Is it short for something?

Nope. Among the many great things to come out of New Zealand (the Lord of the Rings movies, cats that paint, my mom) is a bird called the tui—not as well known as the kiwi, but a heck of a lot noisier!

I was born July 31 (same birthday as Harry Potter!) in Caracas, Venezuela, and lived in Asuncion, Paraguay
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