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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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Apr 07, 2013 April rated it really liked it
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
Jul 18, 2014 Helen rated it it was ok
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...
Dec 08, 2015 Connor rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
[3.5 Stars]

I think this book accomplished exactly what it was supposed to do. It is merely a fun, exciting adventure of some kids trying to track down six escaped griffin cubs. It's not really anything more than that which is totally okay. The creatures were all up to par with how Tui Sutherland did her dragons in Wings of Fire, and I enjoyed seeing her take on them. The griffin cubs were actually hilarious, and the unicorns were fantastic. I like that they made the kraken more accurate to its m
May 27, 2014 Books rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ellen-s-reviews
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
Nov 13, 2015 linh rated it really liked it
The Menagerie

four stars

I read this book for a author meet and greet/workshop event in spring of 2016. It was altogether a well put together book, and the only thing that tripped me up was the fact this is written for a much younger audience. News flash; I'm fourteen, so it wasn't as enjoyable to read as it would've been for a fifth grader. However, overlooking the lack of eighth grade level vocabulary, The Menagerie was a good read. It follows the story of Logan, the new kid in town, and how he
Jun 27, 2013 Liviania rated it really liked it
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
Kat Heckenbach
May 17, 2013 Kat Heckenbach rated it really liked it
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
Feb 16, 2013 Carroll rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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
Aug 13, 2016 Kristen rated it really liked it
This was all kinds of fun! I really enjoyed Sutherland's The Dragonet Prophecy series, so I was hoping this one would be just as good, and it was! Who doesn't wish mythical beasts like unicorns and griffins actually existed? The griffin cubs are adorable--I love their little voices as they communicate with Logan. And even though there's not a TON of character development, I think middle grade readers will appreciate our main trio of teens for what the are: a nerdy outcast, a cute boy, and the ne ...more
Luke Dossett
Feb 01, 2016 Luke Dossett rated it it was amazing
The book The Managerie is by my favorite author in one of my new favorite series. The characters I can picture in my mind to be real, and the mythical creatures are all described so easily pictured as well. The plot has many turns and unexpected outcomes, and the hole book makes you want to keep reading.
Lucas is the main character in this magical fiction book. Lucas was just an ordinary kid when one day, there is a griffin under his bed. This griffin, (half lion half eagle) is part of a top s
Akshaya Iyer
Nov 03, 2015 Akshaya Iyer rated it liked it
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Summary: Logan just wants to make a couple of friends in his new school. But when he finds a griffin cub under his bed, he’s guaranteed a whole lot more; friends who come with adventures, mysteries, and a whole host of fantastic magical creatures. His accidental entry into the world of the Menagerie might cause trouble for Zoe Kahn, possibly the strangest seventh grader at school, but she’s desperate enough to let him help her on her mission to find the rest of the grif
Jun 22, 2015 Rebecca rated it liked it
To be completely honest, I didn't like this book all that much. It was cute and enjoyable, but I'm probably not going to reread it any time soon. It's an average middle-grade read, and as someone above the reader demography, I was still able to enjoy the book.

My main issue with the plot is the way evidence towards the tampering of the griffin pen is displayed. Everything seems so obvious. This might be because, again, I'm way above the age of the intended audience, but I feel like the author cou
Jun 02, 2015 Aaron rated it really liked it
This is a fun little adventure novel that has just a touch of fantasy for intermediate readers. Logan Wilde and his dad move to the town of Zanadu, Wyoming, after his mom disappeared. At school, where he is in the seventh grade, Logan meets a couple of interesting ... well actually, weird kids. Zoe Kahn and her friend Blue. Then again, he is struggling to find a connection with some friends of his own.

He does end up connecting with Zoe and Blue in a most surprising way. One night, he is in his r
May 29, 2015 Andrea rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book it was original with lots of imagination to spare. The book had lots of twist and turns but I wished it would have been longer and know where his mother went. I also want to know who killed the goose that put the golden eggs.I also want to know who was the shadow following the kids. The book left me with a lot of questions and wish that the author would make another book like a part two. It was sad at the beginning and thought the book wasn't for me but then I reed more ...more
Dec 30, 2014 Aelvana rated it really liked it
Logan has just moved from Chicago to the little town of Xanadu, Wyoming. He hasn't been having much luck making friends, until a fantastical creature shows up right under his bed and catapults him into the middle of adventure.

Zoe is panicking. The griffin cubs have escaped, and it's all her fault. If she can't get them back soon, the Menagerie might be shut down, or worse . . .

This is a mostly lighthearted romp as Logan and Zoe try to pin down several very cute, extremely hard-to-catch griffins.
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
Feb 27, 2014 Sepideh Sahebsara rated it really liked it
Feb 27, 2014 78sunny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Konnor Gay
Nov 18, 2015 Konnor Gay rated it it was amazing
The Menagerie

Tui T. Sutherland

The Menagerie is a fiction book about a secret zoo-like place in Wyoming. Logan is the new kid in town, but when six griffin cubs escape from The Menagerie, Logan finds one in his room and has to take it back to it's home. Logan has to team up with Zoe and Blue (kids who work at The Menagerie) to bring back the griffin cubs and find out who let them out and why?

I thought this book deserved a little less than a five star only because at the beginning the characters
Sep 27, 2012 Kendra rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Received an ARC of this from work.

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.
Ashley Wade
Mar 30, 2016 Ashley Wade rated it it was amazing
I read the book The Menagerie by Tui T. Sutherland. The genre of the book is fiction because it is not real and it is not based on a real person or place. The setting of this book is Logan's house, the Menagerie, and all of the places Logan and Zoe found the Griffin cubs. The main characters of this book are Logan, Zoe and Zoe's brother, and the 7 lost baby cubs. This book is about a seventh grade boy normal at first. One day after school he finds a baby griffin under his bed. At first he didn't ...more
Stefanie Hasse
„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
Apr 03, 2015 Jennisen rated it it was amazing
Fantastical Nature Preserve of Mythical Creatures in WYOMING?!? Yes, please! This book is a very fun story of Logan, who moved into Xanadu, Wyoming from Chicago. One of the few African-American children in his "one horse" town, Logan is amazed to find a griffin in his bedroom. This, of course, launches him into an amazing adventure with new friends and a new understanding of himself and his mother!
Jul 26, 2015 Yapha rated it really liked it
After Logan's mom disappears, he and his dad move from Chicago to Wyoming in the hopes of finding her. What Logan ends up finding instead is a baby griffin hiding underneath his bed. As he tries to make sense of the mythical creature in his bedroom, he ends up at the house of the strangest girl in his grade. There he discovers "The Menagerie," a mythical creature preserve, complete with griffins, unicorns, merpeople, a yeti, and more. With the other griffin cubs still missing, Logan joins Zoe an ...more
Kim Harris
Jun 03, 2014 Kim Harris rated it really liked it
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
Gracie Hodge
Feb 24, 2016 Gracie Hodge rated it it was amazing
"The Menagerie" was one of the best books that I have ever read. When Logan, Blue, and Zoe are searching for the six missing griffon cubs, Tui T. Sutherland and Kari Sutherland make sure to always keep you on your toes. The book takes place in Xanadu, Wyoming and the menagerie. This amazing book is about a family who owns a zoo or menagerie filled with magical creatures like griffons, unicorns, phoenix's, krakens, mermaids, and so much more! Sadly six baby griffon cubs get loose and the family a ...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:
Rump: The True Story of Rumplestilksin by L
Dec 19, 2015 Lauren added it
It was really good
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.
Amanda Carpenter
Aug 11, 2015 Amanda Carpenter rated it it was amazing
This book captured me right off the display on the top shelf at the library when I took my niece to the library near my house. I read the first chapter in the library and was hooked. It kept me guessing and wanting to read more right from the beginning. When I finished it, I went back and checked out books 2 and 3 in this series as well and am halfway through the 2nd book now. I am an adult, but I love this Juvenile Fiction series. I love the mythical creatures and I love reading how the charact ...more
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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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