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Zoobreak (Swindle #2)

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,627 Ratings  ·  334 Reviews
The sequel to Gordon Korman's SWINDLE - the Man With A Plan is back!
When Griffin Bing's class goes to a floating zoo, they don't expect to see animals being treated so badly. They don't expect to find Cleo, Dog Whisperer Savannah's pet monkey who's been missing for weeks. And they really don't expect to have to hide the animals once they've rescued them! Hilarity ensues as
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Scholastic Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Duffy Pratt
Dec 30, 2015 Duffy Pratt rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens, mystery
It's a kid's caper book, and it has about all the substance that you would expect from a caper book. The characters in the gang are defined by their abilities: there's the climber, the small space guy, the computer wiz, etc... And the "brains" behind the gang is "The Man With The Plan." The plans, of course, go terribly awry. But everything works out in the end.

I've read some reviews where people are concerned about the kind of role models and messages that this might send out to our kids. That'
Mar 25, 2011 Timd rated it really liked it
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Nov 06, 2009 Lea rated it did not like it
What a disappointment! The latest works from Gordon Korman, including Swindle, "Schooled", and this book are horrible!
"Zoobreak" was the sequel to "Swindle" and was basically the same book with different details thrown in. It followed the pattern of: Kids get cheated by "bad" adult, police won't help, so kids literally break into someplace and then get caught by police, but the police let them off because the adult whose property the kids broke into was "bad". What kind of message is this sendi
Areeb Narvel
Feb 21, 2012 Areeb Narvel rated it really liked it
This book is about a girl named Savannah who loses her pet monkey. She then thinks that someone stole her monkey. A couple of days’ later Savannah and her classmates go to a horrible zoo boat on the water. When they go inside, Savannah looks at a monkey and realizes that it looks just like her pet monkey that was stolen. She gets really mad and the zookeeper has to come and escort them out. Savannah asks Griffin Bing, the man with the plan, to help get her monkey back. He creates a plan that inv ...more
Hunter Falish
I have just finished reading Zoobreak, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Griffin Bing the Main character and the gang pull off another plan. This time though it is for Savannah, because her pet monkey Cleopatra has gone missing. Savannah is heartbroken, until one day during their summer break, her friends decide to take her to the new floating zoo that arrived at their town to try cheering her up. As they begin their way through the zoo, everyone is unpleasantly surprised at how mistreated, and poorly ...more
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
Mar 06, 2012 IndyPL Kids Book Blog rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure, animals
Griffin Bing, “the Man with the Plan” is back with his friends from Swindle to solve another mystery and put some more shady adults in their place.

The day Savannah’s pet monkey Cleo goes missing gets worse when the kids discover the monkey is being held captive in a crummy, run-down zoo. As if running a crummy zoo with tiny cages and questionable animal care isn’t bad enough, the zoo is actually stealing pets to fill up the zoo…and the kids aren’t going to stand for it. The grown-ups the kids go
Anastasia Tuckness
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Feb 21, 2011 Richard rated it it was amazing
This book is about a girl named savannah who let her pet monkey outside to play and ect. When she went to go and get her she was gone. She knows that she wouldnt run away so she thinks someone stole her. The next day she went a school field trip to an All Aboard Animals boat zoo. There she saw in a cage her moknley cleopatra. She goes and tells the teacher that its her monkey in the cage but the teacher doesnt believe her. So Savannah went and told the zoo keeper and was yelling at him saying th ...more
Oct 17, 2010 Sara rated it it was amazing
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Feb 19, 2013 Megan rated it liked it
This book is all about getting Savannah's monkey, Cleopatra back. Then by a complete surprise they see Cleopatra at a very bad zoo where none of the animals are getting what they need. Then they get kicked out of the zoo because Savannah goes crazy because she knows that is her monkey and the person whos giving the tour refuse to admit to it. Then Griffin or the "man with a plain" and Ben decide to get the monkey back. After a long day Griffin finally made a plain including a lot of different pe ...more
Joshua B.
May 09, 2013 Joshua B. rated it really liked it
Zoobreak by: Gordon Korman
Realistic Fiction
Finiished May 7th 2013

Zoobreak by Gordon Korman is a book about five kids who try to rescue a monkey that was stolen from them. The main characters in this book are: Griffen, Ben, Logan, Melissa, and Savannah. Griffen is known as the “man with the plan”. Ben is a smaller boy who has a sleep disorder that causes him to fall asleep at odd times. Logan is a boy who really enjoys acting. Melissa is a shy girl with long hair that covers her face and is good
Jan 14, 2011 Tylor added it
this book is a big time fiction book i dont think anyone can trully pull off what they did in this book. the setting is that they are looking for this monkey that was stolen then they have to keep all of these animals in their house because they dont want them being shipped away on this boat. thee chraters are ben and he is the man with the plan if there is ever a problem he would be the one to call because he can figure out any plan at all then there are a bunch of his friends that help him out ...more
May 31, 2010 LJ rated it liked it
Zoobreak is the sequel to Korman's Swindle. Most of the previous gang make an appearance. This time, instead of a card being stolen, Savannah Drysdale's pet monkey Cleo goes missing. Luther, Savannah's pet doberman (transformed from the vicious killer of Swindle into a pussycat) is devastated. Savannah and her sixth grade class go on a field trip to a run-down floating zoo. Savannah creates a disturbance when she spots Cleo in one of the cages. Her legal efforts to get Cleo back go nowhere. Ente ...more
Dec 07, 2015 Jen rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids-chapter
These books were recommended by my 10 year old. I had hoped in the second book, the kids could put their talents to use in a scheme that was less illegal and more believable, but that is not the case. From what my son tells me, they continue this trend throughout the series. It's just too much for me. I'll leave him to it, but I'll be watching him closely for criminal tendencies...
Jade C
Apr 30, 2015 Jade C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has 230 pages of planing. The main persons is Griffin and his 5 friends I am like Savanna his one out of 5 friends because she likes animals and I do to. I gave this book a 5 because I really like animals.The end whats you what to now what will happen in the other books. You would like this book if you like animals and Mystery.
Joely Tatsey
Oct 04, 2014 Joely Tatsey rated it it was amazing
I personally love ALL of the books written by Gordon Korman.
But this book is full of unexpected surprises you wouldn't think would happen.
A very good book.
Daniel X.
Dec 16, 2015 Daniel X. rated it it was amazing
Zoobreak by Gordon Korman is about-you guessed it-a zoobreak. When a capuchin monkey that was abducted from animal enthusiast Savannah Drysdale turns up in a cage on a filthy zoo boat during a field trip, she and her friends hatch a dangerous plan to break into the zoo and rescue the primate. The zoobreak team encounters many issues, such as transportation and a very haughty security man, but they make it past them and get into the zoo boat. But now Savannah’s animal conscience won’t let her tak ...more
Sergio Garcia
May 30, 2015 Sergio Garcia rated it really liked it
Have you ever wondered if somebody has a plan for everything? Well Griffin Bing does. This is a realistic fiction book. This is a good book because some things happen when u don't expect them to happen.
Savanah wanted to get her monkey back but it was at a zoo. So she asked Griffin to make a plan to rescue her monkey. Then she actually rescues her monkey. This takes place in the present. This is a people vs people conflict because the group of kids don't agree with the zookeeper and the security
Zoe Phan
May 07, 2014 Zoe Phan rated it it was amazing
By: Gordon Korman
Lexile: around 5th grade reading
Star rating: 5 stares
Yes, I liked it for the following reasons first there were lots of action when Savannah, Ben, Griffin, and the rest of the gang break into the zoo, and when Griffin and Ben were tied up by Mr.Nastas, but Griffin and Ben's friends makes a plan to save them. Second there was a mystery when they get all the animals off the boat but the animal shelter person is gone of helping other animals around the world, where are the
Matthew Marc
"Zoobreak" by Gordon Korman was a hilarious book. It is one of those books that can actually happen, but seem so unrealistic! Thats what makes it a hilarious book. It was full of crazy surprises and unexpected things. It is the second book in the swindle series, and it definitely topped the first one!

When Griffin Bing goes to a zoo he, and his classmates do not except to see so many badly kept animals. On top of that that they did not expect to see Savanna's monkey which went missing a few days
Nov 27, 2014 Bradyw rated it it was amazing
I think it was really good I really do think people should read it.
Feb 27, 2015 Stephen rated it it was amazing
if you were once a kid - or still are one by heart - that had a wild imagination and daydreamed of going on adventures to do daring things with your friends, this is definitely a book I'd recommend picking up. reading through, I was reminded of how venturous I was as a kid (or at least just more gutsy than I am now) with the people I hung out with. the thrill that I'd get from bending the rules every now and then when I was younger, I was reminded of as Griffin and gang underwent their late nigh ...more
Leo Kwon
Nov 23, 2014 Leo Kwon rated it it was amazing
Griffin Bing is "man with plan". When his friend Savannah loses her monkey Cleo he tries everything to get her back. After his school trip to the floating zoo he finds Cleo in the poor conditioned zoo along with other animals. The horrible owner claims Cleo is his. So Griffin organizes team consisting of man with plan, best friend, climber, animal whisperer, technology expert and actor. At night they sneak into the zoo avoiding the grumpy security guard and steals all the animal from the zoo. No ...more
Tony Lobdell

I read the book, Zoobreak for the reading challenge. In this book, Griffin Bing and his friends go to a zoo to take back a monkey, but get much more. It started when Savannah Drysdale's , a friend of Griffin, pet monkey Cleo gets out of her yard from her yard. Savannah puts posters around the town and asks Griffin, Ben, Logan, Melissa, and Pitch ( more friends of Griffin and Savannah) to help find Cleo but have no luck. A little while later, Savannah takes Luthor ( her dog) for a walk a he fin
Rebekah Apel
Feb 28, 2016 Rebekah Apel rated it liked it
Savannah Drysdale's monkey, Cleo, has gone missing. One day while taking a field trip to a floating zoo with her class, Savannah finds a monkey who looks and acts like Cleo. What's even more suspicious is that Luthor, a large dog who is best friends with Cleo, starts going wild after Savannah show him a picture she took of the monkey at the zoo. Soon, she and her friends come up with a plan to break the monkey, that she believes is Cleo, out of the floating zoo. When they look into the zoo agai ...more
Nov 29, 2011 Zoe rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, comedy
A fun book for any one, this is targeted for ages 8-12. Korman is probably the best dialogue writer around - for any age. Regardless of how complex the vocabulary is, all his dialogue tells you something about the person saying it or moves the plot forward or both. In addition to that, it's hysterically funny. One of the best children's authors working today.
Jackson Vander
Zoobreak by Gordon Korman is about a girl who loses her pet monkey and needs help from her two friends Ben and Griffin who help get it back, but they have no luck until their class takes a trip to a zoo boat. Savannah makes a commotion when she sees the zoos newest attraction "Eleanor" whom she believes to be Cleopatra. Soon after they find out that Cleo has indeed been abducted by them they figure out all of the animals on the boat have been stolen. Now they don't only have to free Cleo but the ...more
Oct 25, 2014 Ivan rated it liked it

If you like animals and action, this is a book that I would recommend you to read. This fiction book is full of mysteries that will keep you in suspense! While I was reading this book, I was able to make a text to self connection because I have a dog at home and she is the leader of our family at times, just like the dog in this book. This story taught me to never give up looking for something that I feel is important to me.
The setting of this story is the zoo. The main character
Feb 09, 2015 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: slmta
Savannah Drysdale's pet monkey has gone missing, and Savannah is sure that Cleo was stolen. On a class field trip aboard a floating animal zoo, she is convinced that the monkey in one of the exhibits is her pet. She enlists the help of her friend Griffin, known as the "Man With a Plan," to execute a zoo break. But, as Griffin knows, what looks good on paper doesn't always turn out quite as planned, especially when furry creatures are involved, and the rescuers end up with a lot more than they ba ...more
John F.
Jan 21, 2014 John F. rated it it was amazing
This book was Zoobreak. It was by Gordan Korman. This was a fiction book. The main characters were Oitch, Melissa, Ben, Griffin, Savannah, Logan, Darren Vacer, Klaus, and the Zookeeper. Savannah's monkey was stolen, but it was found in the Zoo. Will the crew break in and save the monkey from the horrible zoo? Some problems that characters encountered were that they had to help Savannah. It was difficult since hey were holding animals. In this book my favorite character would be Savannah. She is ...more
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Korman wrote his first book, "This Can't be Happening at Macdonald Hall", when he was 12 years old, for a coach who suddenly found himself teaching 7th grade English. He later took that episode and created a book out of it, as well, in "The Sixth Grade Nickname Game", wherein Mr. Huge was based on that 7th grade teacher.

Korman moved to New York City, where he studied film and film writing. While i
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Swindle (7 books)
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