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 dow ...more
This book is split between protagonists Logan and Zoe. Logan Wilde is the new kid in Xanadu, Wyoming, from the big city Chicago, and it's a refreshing change that Logan, unlike most new kids, actually likes the small town better. He a ...more
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 accur ...more
🦄 Positive friendships & themes of working together.
🦄 Cute & cheesy humour that'll appeal to all ages.
🦄 Subtle but decent examination on complicated family dynamics (i.e. single parents & kids dealing with parents who leave them)
🦄 Diverse characters with an MC who's black.
🦄 Good, consistent pacing.
🦄 Fun references to modern pop culture & literature.
🦄 Very charming, cute, & overall rather feel ...more
Logan recently moved to Xanadu, Wyoming with his father, who is a wildlife conservationist. Logan's father chose Xanadu because he is determined to find Logan's mother who up and disappeared years ago but recently sent a postcard from Wyoming. Logan is having a hard time making friends at school but all o ...more
Interest Level: Middle Grades (MG 4-8)
AR Points: 8.0
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 a ...more
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 ...more
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 the ...more
Logan is a young African-American boy who has recently moved from Chicago to Wyoming with his dad after his mother left with little more then a postcard to say goodbye. His otherwise calm life is interrupted when he wakes up one morning to find large bird feathers scattered across his bedroom floor. This starts a chain of similarly strange findings until he comes home to find a ...more
There was a lot of potential i ...more
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 ...more
I think THE MENAGERIE will appeal to young cryptzoology fans, but I found it a little disappointing. (I'm still ...more
The writing is good, the characters likable, the plot steady, and the Menagerie a pretty cool place. I can't help but ment ...more
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 b ...more
I loved this book. It's cute and sweet and funny and the world that the Sutherlands have developed is truly magical. The characters f ...more
Warning: it does have a cliffhanger at the end but its not one that leaves you gnashing your teeth for the next book. I felt like it was designed to leave you happy that the Menagerie's tales were not over yet! But you already know that because they left a pretty big background plotline wide open.
I point these out because in ...more
After his mother disappears, Logan Wilde and his father move to Xanadu, Wyoming -- a small, sleepy town where nothing exciting ever happens. That is, until he discovers feathers on the floor of his room, odd noises coming from inside his closet and a griffin under his bed. Through the griffin he connects with Zoe, a girl who behaves strangely at school and always appears to wear dirty clothes. What secret is she hiding and what other mythical creatures might exist in Xanadu? This fun, intriguing...more
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 liv ...more