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Poached (Teddy Fitzroy #2)

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  616 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Teddy Fitzroy’s back for another zoo mystery—this time it’s a koala caper—in this action-packed follow-up to Belly Up, which Kirkus Reviews called “great fun.”

School troublemaker Vance Jessup thinks Teddy Fitzroy’s home at FunJungle, a state-of-the-art zoo and theme park, is the perfect place for a cruel prank. Vance bullies Teddy into his scheme, but the plan goes terribl
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Poached is a fun, entertaining, barrel of laughs! I could not stop reading this book. I had a really good laugh during the koala death scene. Don't worry it is really not that bad and no "real" koalas were hurt during this part. Teddy is not that great of a spy/detective but this is what makes this book so much fun to read. It is because of all of the trouble that he finds himself in that makes things interesting. Any kid who reads this book is going to want to live at an amusement park. In fact ...more
Laura Diamond
My nine-year-old son stayed home from school Friday and the TV didn't go on once. This is newsworthy. Why? Because he wanted to READ THIS BOOK. "It's animals, and a mystery, so I love it." He let me read some chapters with him, and I agree. Suspenseful, informative and charming.
The Styling Librarian
Poached by Stuart Gibbs I read Poached before I read the prequel. Whoops. That’s ok. I thought this book had an amazing opening that led you from one chapter to the next with such great pacing, something I’ve missed for some reason lately… I thought that there couldn’t be a bully as bad as Vance but as I read further into the book I accepted the character where he was at without any further need for background information about him. As for the main character, Teddy, ...more
Mike French
Another very entertaining book from Stuart Gibbs! This the sequel to Belly Up. Both books chronicle the adventures of Teddy Fitzroy at FunJungle,the world's largest zoo. These 2 books will be enjoyed by all ages, even though they are classified as YA. I am an old fart(67)and I love Stuart Gibbs books!
Claudia Riley
Sep 02, 2014 Claudia Riley rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Candice Duncan
This book is really interesting and funny! It is about a boy named Teddy Fitzroy. When he gets forced into playing a cruel prank on FunJungle, where his parents work, his entire life gets flipped inside out. Vance, the school bully, forces Teddy to drop fake limbs into the shark tank and now is running from security. When he thinks of a place he could lose the security he bolts into Kristi ,a former koala keepers, office. He sneaks into the koalas exhibit and waits till Marge, a security guard, ...more
What a fantastic sequel to "Belly Up." My children, 10 and 12, listened to this on CD with me. The humor and suspense kept all of us wanting to return to the story over and over again. Teddy Fitzroy is a relate-able character for my kids. He has so much integrity, following in his parents' footsteps, yet he gets picked on and not believed in over and over again. The message of the story is about believing in yourself and having the courage of your convictions - and is all done in a way that is n ...more
Dharsini Rangaswamy
This book was pretty good but not the best
Maddie Young
I loved Belly Up and all of Teddy Fitzroy's mysteries! This one with a koala missing is not quite as hard to solve as the first book, so it wasn't as good. Teddy goes around the FunJungle to find out the kidnapper of Kazoo the Koala. Ever since Teddy's shark prank, he has all the blame as the kidnapper, even though he isn't. At the end, he finally figures out who kidnapped Kazoo and everything goes back to normal- Summer even comes back and decides to come to a local school with him. I recommend ...more
Carol Royce Owen
Teddy Fitzroy is back in Large Marge's sights, as she considers him the prime suspect in a case involving a missing koala bear. On loan from Australia, the koala has been brought in to boost ticket sales, especially since unseasonably cold weather and other difficulties have plummeted ticket sales. But when the koala goes missing and video coverage shows Teddy as the only unauthorized person entering the koala habitat, Large Marge is ready to arrest him. But Teddy didn't do it, and he has to som ...more
Sarah J
Mother -Daughter review:

Mother - This is a hilarious book about Teddy, a natural trouble maker and prankster, who goes too far. He gets accused of stealing a valuable koala out of Fun Jungle and then has to work hard to find the real thief and prove his innocence. The book has some great high-lights that are too funny, like revealing the koala at the zoo was a fake. My daughter and I laughed non-stop. I really liked the healthy relationship Teddy has with his parents. His parents stand up for hi
Lisa Katz
Poached by Stuart Gibbs is a fabulous action-packed middle grade read for those who love animals and adventures. A sequel that doesn’t disappoint and you don’t have to read the first one to really get to know the characters.

Meet Teddy Fitzroy, a 7th grader who is the primary suspect when a Koala has gone missing from FunJungle, an exact definition of the name but in a zoo-like setting. Teddy’s parents both work at FunJungle and all of Teddy’s life he has spent with animals. Why would he take a
Ms. Yingling
In this sequel to Belly Up, Teddy is back and in more trouble than ever. School Bully Vance has dared him to put mannequin arms in the shark tank to incite panic (even though Teddy points out that sharks really don't like to eat humans), and the ensuing melee ends with Teddy realizing that Kazoo, the visiting koala, is missing... and he is now the prime suspect. Large Marge is ready to slap the cuffs on him right away, based on the strength of his previous peccadilloes, but Teddy knows that he m ...more
Mari Anne
A stellar sequel to the equally fun and well written "Belly Up". Gibbs has an innate ability to write very fun, almost slapstick-esque mysteries for the middle grade set. He creates very wacky, but memorable, characters caught in the middle of a crazy, madcap plot. For me, Gibbs brings to mind shades of Carl Hiaasen, the unequivocal master of loony, slightly manic mysteries with an enviromental edge.

Great reading for those in grades 3 - 8 who like mystery books and stories about animals.
Stephanie Tournas
Teddy Fitzroy is accused of stealing FunJungle's biggest attraction: a koala on loan from Australia. He does live at the animal park, and his parents work there. He has gotten in trouble there before. But, he didn't do it. Why does all the evidence point to him? An action-packed mystery, with lots of interesting side facts on animal behavior, as well as a bully situation at school that seems insurmountable. Teddy has a lot of grit. I hope we get to see him in more adventures!
Sally Kruger
I thought BELLY UP by Stuart Gibbs was terrifically hilarious when I read it a few years ago so I decided to try another one of his books.

Teddy is back solving mysteries at FunJungle and causing havoc in the process. Living at a zoo evidently isn't exciting enough for Teddy. His penchant for playing practical jokes has gotten him in some hot water in the past, but the occasion to investigate the kidnapping of the zoo's borrowed koala, Teddy takes things very seriously.

When it is revealed that T
Gibbs, S. (2014 ). Poached. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Kirkus Starred Review

Fiction Choice: Mystery & juvenile fiction

This is a hilarious and creative story about Teddy Fitzroy and him being accused of kidnapping a koala—from his own zoo. He lives at FunJungle, a zoo his family owns and operates. When things go wrong between him and the school bully, the next thing you know Teddy is close to being framed for the kidnapping of a koala. Without giving too much away, this a great book that
"I would never have been accused of stealing the koala if Vance Jessup hadn't made me drop a human arm in the shark tank."

Teddy is wreaking havoc at FunJungle once again. This time, Kazoo the Koala on loan from Australia, is kidnapped and Teddy is the only one seen on the security footage leaving the enclosure. That's enough for Large Marge, head of security at FunJungle, and she immediately decides to arrest Teddy. So once again, Teddy must solve the mystery himself. Staying one step ahead of M
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Allison McGrover
Poached by Stuart Gibbs is a story about a koala that has been stolen from the FunJungle Zoo. Teddy Fitzroy has to solve the mystery of who kidnapped Kazoo, the koala, mostly because he is the main suspect! If he doesn't figure it out in time, Kazoo could die and Teddy will be sent to juvie.
I thought that this book was entertaining to read because you could try and guess who did it. One of my favorite parts of the book is when Teddy figures out who actually did it and saves Kazoo. This part was
When the new (on loan) Koala at FunJungle is discovered missing, Teddy is implicated as he was seen entering and exiting the exhibit (because he had recently tossed a mannikin arm and foot into the shark tank and was hiding from security guard Large Marge) but he didn’t do it, and now, it’s up to Teddy to clear his name and find the missing koala.

This fun sequel to Belly up lets readers solve another mystery with Teddy. Again, lots of suspects, more than one mystery, and this time, a school bul
Katie Lawrence
I read this book in one day, almost in one sitting. It was a compulsively readable, madcap mystery from start to finish! My students will love this for the humor, zoo setting and nonstop action - I loved it for the same reasons. Great fun!
Mark Baker
When Kazoo, the koala on loan to FunJungle, is stolen, Teddy finds himself the only suspect anyone is willing to consider. Can he stay out of jail long enough to prove his innocence?

I've been waiting a long time for a follow up to the first in this series, and I wasn't disappointed. The characters are still great, the mystery is complex, and there are some funny and scary moments. The book's target Middle Grade audience will love it just as much as I did.

Read my full review at Carstairs Consider
Jo Sorrell
This Stuart Gibbs mystery is a great companion to Belly Up. I think I preferred Belly Up, maybe because the Hippo, even though he was dead, had a personality. Koala's apparently have zero. I was surprised to find out who the poacher was up until the very end. I liked the fact that Gibbs doesn't make everything end in a perfect world as that is not the way of the world. A lot of people did suffer and that happens in real life.
Teddy's parents work for FunJungle, a zoo in Texas. They live in a comp
Marta Boksenbaum
I was very disappointed in this book, mostly die to the way it handles bullying. The message in this book is that if you have a bully, the best thing to do is punch them in the face. The bully wasn't completely one-dimensional, he was gine some background and a motive, but he was still portrayed as big and dumb. Normally I like Stuart Gibbs' writing and I think he is funny, but I decided against purchasing this book for my library. There are plenty of funny books, and we already have more than e ...more
I LOVED this book!!It was a good mystery that most people can't relate to, which makes it harder to figure out who the the culprit is that stole Kazoo the Koala from FunJungle.The book is very good and Teddy is the most daring character I have ever read in a book.The book has a lot of "Ah-Ha" moments that will surprise you or make you mad/frustrated which is something each book should have,an "Ah-Ha" moment.I REALLY LOVED THIS BOOK AND IF YOU HAVENT READ BELLY UP OR POACHED,I WOULD READ IT.
1. Why I decided to read this book.
I determined to read Poached because my favorite genre of novels is mystery and this cover definitely seemed as a mystery novel due to the Koala shaped picture in black. The title, Poached, which means hunt illegally also gave me the clue that the book will contain mysterious scenes.

2. An interesting character/setting in this book.
An interesting character is Marge, who is the head of the managers or guards at the zoo. Her personality is neither kind nor friend
Teddy Fitzroy is back again in this follow-up to Belly Up. This time FunJungle's newest acquisition, Kazoo the Koala, is kidnapped. Teddy is the number one suspect because of all the pranks he pulls and the trouble he gets into at the park. His latest prank was to drop a mannequin arm in the shark tank. Of course, it wasn't his idea. Bully Vance forced him to do it. Marge, the head of security, is so focused on Teddy as the culprit that she won't even entertain the idea of someone else. It is up ...more

I read the first book in this series, Belly up, and loved it. I did not like this one as much, probably because I’m older now and these are easier to read. I thought the characters were a little slow and over-dramatic.

Teddy live at the world renowned zoo, FunJungle, where his parents are an animal keeper and a photographer. FunJungle has recently acquired/rented a koala from Australia. At school Teddy is being bullied to pull a prank at FunJungle. He is forced to drop a manikin’s hand into the
Munro's Kids
When Kazoo the koala goes missing in this hilarious intermediate/middle grade mystery, Teddy (an adolescent boy who lives at a zoo called FunJungle with his parents) is the prime suspect due to some unfortunate but condemning evidence. He tries to clear his name and find the true culprit before time runs out on himself... and Kazoo!

This book was great. I had no idea until after I read it that it's actually a sequel to "Belly Up", although that does explain a bunch of the references that were men
The story: Teddy Fitzroy is back--so let the mystery commence and the poop flinging begin! In "Belly Up", Teddy solved the mystery of who murdered FunJungle's Henry the Hippo...but the stakes are even higher this time around. The bad guys have kidnapped the zoo's most famous animal, an adorable koala named Kazoo--and even worse, they've framed Teddy for the crime. If he can't find out who really did it, it's juvie for sure!

June Cleaver's ratings: Language G; Violence PG; Nudity G; Sexual Content
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