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Sleepover Zoo

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Toni only wants one thing: To get through 6th grade at her new school without everyone finding out that her family is crazy — and there’s a zoo in their basement. When the most popular girl in school insists that Toni have a sleepover, it looks like Toni’s dream of being normal is about to be smashed.

Toni tries to get her new friend, Meghan, to help — but Meghan’s first vi
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Published April 1st 2013 by Brenda Kearns (first published March 1st 1998)
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Christoph Fischer
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Sleepover Zoo" by Brenda Kearns is a lovely story for young adults.
As the title implies there is a sleepover involved, concerning several young girls. There is a long build up to the actual sleepover because of classroom 'politics' and worries by the girls about their image.
The location for said sleepover houses animals of all kinds and our heroine is worried that this will lead to ridicule rather than admiration.
The book does well in describing the worries and concerns of teenagers and it has
Kandy Scaramuzzo
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Don’t be so quick to judge others
I was gifted this book for an honest review.
This is a great little chapter book that shows that sometimes we rush to judgment on people. One girl is embarrassed by her lifestyle and is afraid the most popular girl in school will make fun of it and her home. Her home consists of a huge Great Dane that likes to sleep under the table, sometimes knocking it over on exiting, who also thinks gold earrings are ticks. Add to this a kitten that is obsessed with a fish ta
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: waar
I received this book to give an honest review.

I loved this book. It was one of those books that is just perfect for children. My son is 6 and he started to get into the book but decided he didn't want me to read it as it was a sleepover with girls lol. SleepOver Zoo is a quick read and one that will have you flipping the pages just to see what the reactions will be with the characters in the story. Poor Toni is so scared of what people will say about her house being different! When she is kind o
Valerie Mcqueen
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sleepover Zoo by Brenda Kearns

Rating 5*****

This book was provided from the author in exchange for honest literary review.

This is such a great children's book. I read it to my daughter who is 6 with her helping and my older son who is 7 also read it. Both were equally in love with the story. I loved the personalities of each of the animals, especially Mortimer. I swear that bird could have his own series!!! I would never tire of reading about him! Don't worry Mortimer I am not myself without my
Nicholas Anderson
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A great children's story for anyone who likes animals, family, friends, and has ever worried about fitting in.
This is a fun story about learning to accept yourself (and your family) as you (and they) are. This is a quick fun read about an interesting and likeable character in a unique situation who faces a common problem – being new and different but wanting to fit in. The outcome is very satisfying as Toni learns some valuable lessons on friendship, family, and being yourself. The short length,
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Note :I was gifted this book for a honest review .

I loved this book, its short , wonderfully written and humours.

Where the idea came from for a zoo in a basement i will never know.

This does not cease making me laugh.

I have actually taken this with me on 3 different occasions whilst baby sitting a it makes a lovely, pleasant read. Both the 7 year old and 9 year old- who beforehand told me he hated bed time stories- adored this. We had the giggles.

All in all this was a hoot to read , emotive,
Angela Lambkin
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The name of this book that I am doing the review on is called" SLEEPOVER" a very ,sweet short animal story adventure kind.
A great book for the young or old who loves animal stories and with children and their parents involved , Full of chows at times . With birds and children,a dog or two, a snake and a worm farm too!etc. I liked this book for all the reasons that ai had already mentioned now. I chose to give this book five stars for this great adventure and a bit of mystery mixed in to,
I receiv
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a fun read! Since I was a teacher, a mother, a girl in a strange school, and an animal lover, I worried about Toni. Even with Brenda as a friend, I worried. I don't know how I would have reacted to the Zoo atmosphere, but I wish I could have a sleepover there someday! This story was very interesting and held my interest from beginning to end. It would be a very good book to be read to young students at the beginning of a unit on bullying. I highly recommend it.
Wanda Hartzenberg
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun middle grade read about a girl who wants to fit in.
She gets pressured by the most popular girl in her new school to host a sleep over. From Mortimer to the duck in the bathtub this seems to be an ill fit, however as much as she wishes not to be judged she inadvertantly do the same!
At the end of the book the two girls both realize that they were quick to judge and wrong in their judgeents.
A fun read for all ages worth more than a gigge or two!
Loved this boo
Robert Warr
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A Great Children's Book

This is a very charming read that I would recommend for any parent who wants to entertain their children. It is well written with just enough of the ‘icky’ factor that kids seem to love.

Even as an adult reading this book will bring a smile to your face and probably trigger a few nostalgic memories.

A great read.
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I didn't think I would enjoy this book as much as I did. It was so fun and amazing. It was also quite relatable and a story for middle schoolers/ young children. I love how the main character had such a crazy family but she really didn't care, but she sometimes cared what other people thought about them mostly what Leona thought.
L.J. Capehart
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a cute story! Two of the main characters had a lesson to learn here. Look under the surface before you decide to make a judgment about someone. You could be really surprised at what you discover!
The author wrote well, making the story fun, not just trying to teach a lesson.
I was given a copy of this book through Story Cartel, in exchange for my honest review.
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Poor Toni is terrified of having a sleepover. Her parents work at an animal shelter and tend to bring work home. Little does Toni know it's just what her fellow students needed to see. You can have a better life when you go with the flow. Great read that all children would benefit from. WaAR
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wonderful funny story! As a child I used to dream about having a house like this: filled with animals. The only minus point of this book is, that it is so short; I would love to read more about Toni, Meghan, Bruno, Leona and all the animals!
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed this book and the lesson about getting to know others and not judging them. It is a common fear in school age children to not be accepted by peers This would be a great book for teachers/parents to share with middle age kids.
Carole P. Roman
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charming story about making friends and fitting in. Antonia Maria Amadeo is the new girl in town. She is shy and feels out of place like a pigeon among the peacocks. Having gone to Leona's fancy sleepover the week before, the perfection of the other girl's house makes her feel inferior. Leona taunts Toni, that she is hiding something and insists on a sleepover in Toni's house at the end of the week. When her parents agree, Toni can only hope she'll get the flu or another calamity will prevent th ...more
Great story for kids about not judging others and being open-hearted enough to change your mind and become friends.

I read this in French.
Michelle Read
Apr 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I knew from the first page my eleven year old would enjoy it, and even though she reads more difficult books than this...what sixth grade girl doesn't love animals! She would relate to the personal struggle the main character goes through...wanting to fit in, being embarrassed of her family and/or not feeling like she will fit in. Going back and forth on whether or not she even WANTS to fit in, because she sees how different her and her arch nemesis (for lack of a better term) are, and she doesn ...more
Marilyn Ostermiller
Apr 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Children in second through sixth grade
Adults who read this book to the children in their life will be transported back to a time in elementary school when all they wanted to do was fit in with the other kids, especially if they were once the new kid, like Toni, the main character in Sleepover Zoo. But you are definitely going to get some funny looks if a stowaway snake crawls out of your backpack during class. Author Brenda Kearns makes it all seem plausible -- a coffee drinking macaw, a basement full of injured wild birds and froze ...more
M.J. Moon
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A unique and delightful read about a girl who lives with a curious menagerie of animals. She frets about the day that she will have to host a sleepover – what will people think of her weird lifestyle? There is a moral message to this book and that is, do not be too quick to judge people. A funny little book which is different but not weird.
Bob Large
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Brenda writes health articles for Woman's World and First for Women magazines, and she covers everything from herbal remedies to medical breakthroughs. Brenda is also a proud member of the Humor Writers of America (yep, HA) and the Romance Writers of America, and she writes humor and romantic comedy, plus fiction for kids and young adults.

Brenda lives in Ontario, Canada, with her seven kids, two c
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