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Poached

(FunJungle #2)

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4.44  ·  Rating details ·  3,254 ratings  ·  292 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 that School Library Journal called a “whopper of a whodunit that delivers plenty of suspects, action, slapstick, gross bodily functions, red herrings, and animal trivia.”

School troublemaker Vance Jessup thinks Teddy Fitzroy’s home at FunJungle, a
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published April 8th 2014)
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Sophia Hi, this book is about how Kazoo the koala got kidnapped and Teddy Fitzroy is the primary suspect. He has to find the koala and return it to its…moreHi, this book is about how Kazoo the koala got kidnapped and Teddy Fitzroy is the primary suspect. He has to find the koala and return it to its rightful place or he will be shipped off to a juvenile camp as a convicted koala napper!
I really recommend this book to everyone PLEASE READ IT!
ITS A REALLY GOOD BOOK! STUART GIBBS IS THE BEST!!!!!!!! (less)
chirag patel YES!!!! This is a book from all ages. After reading it, i wanted to read the next book of the series right now! But before you read it, make sure you…moreYES!!!! This is a book from all ages. After reading it, i wanted to read the next book of the series right now! But before you read it, make sure you read Belly up, the first book of the series. (less)
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Laura Diamond
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Cheryl
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Mike French
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Maryann
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it! I didn't read the first one in the series, Belly Up, and it was ok. I always have kids ask if they have to read books in order. I usually recommend it but with this one it was fine. I really like Stuart Gibbs as an author! Totally recommend, animals, mystery and a kid that is a hero what's not to like?
Greyson
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny, mystery
This book was a VERY good mystery book. Its about a stolen koala and when you think you know the "Kidnapper" or "Koalanapper" the book just tells you "No its not who you think it is, its this guy, no its this guy, or this guy?".
Eric
Someone stole Fun Jungles koala now Teddy must work to find Kazoo and bring him back before he dies.
Tyler
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book so much I would recommend this book who likes humor, mystery, and realistic fiction. Very well written I could not put the book down. Stuart Gibbs has written others book and I want to read them too.
The Styling Librarian
Poached by Stuart Gibbs http://stuartgibbs.com/books/ 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
Claudia Riley
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Maddie Young
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Deborah
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Mari Anne
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg-ya
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!
Codi
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great adventure in Fun Jungle. It was a good and easy read. Still love the characters, the mystery and learning about animals as I go. Even had a few laughs a long the way. Teddy is so likeable even though he always seems to get into trouble. The difference between this book and the first one that is a definite plus: zero swear words and no mention of marijuana. Yay!
Ashlin
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Out of the first 3 books in this series this one is my least favorite. It’s kinda too predictable unlike the first and third where you literally can’t figure it out until he says who it is. I also read this book in 6th grade. Who know I probably cried
Katie Lawrence
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
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!
Rebecca Reddell
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun and kid-friendly, everyone will love this series and the characters. I couldn't stop laughing!
Harry
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Poached”, Choice book #3, Quarter 1
“Poached”, by Stuart Gibbs is a mystery book which takes place at FunJungle, a zoo and theme park in Central Texas.
The main character is Teddy Fitzroy, a boy in 7th grade. His dad and mom work at FunJungle, so he lives there. He is very good with animals, because he spent his childhood in the Congo. He is good at solving mysteries, as he solved the mystery of Henry Hippo’s murder, but often gets in trouble with the security guard, Large Marge, when he plays
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Grace
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Choice Book #1 Quarter 4

Poached, written by Stuart Gibbs, is a mystery book that takes place at Funjungle, a fancy zoo in Texas. The book is about Teddy Fitzroy and how he tries to find a kidnapper, but is accused of the kidnapping himself.

Main Character
Teddy Fitzroy is a middle school boy who is known to cause trouble. He is not very popular in school and gets bullied frequently. His parents work at a very fancy, famous and new zoo in Texas, Funjungle. He is friends with Summer McCracken, who
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Smarty
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spoilers alert!

I didn't read Belly Up yet, but Stuart Gibbs gives you a nice introduction of what happened during the last book. In fact, it interests you to read it. The book belongs to a lot of categories, e.g: Romance, Adventure, Detective, Animal, Bullies (School), Mystery, Love... The story makes you think or suspect who was the robber. It also makes you furious because all the evidence points towards you, but you know you didn't do it. But the worst of all is that the head of the case
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Heidi
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I really enjoyed reading about Teddy's second adventure, there were a couple of things that bugged me. The way Vance, the bully from school, seems to control everyone at school, including the principal really rubbed me the wrong way. I mean, where were all the adults when Vance and his friends were getting ready to stuff Teddy's head in the toilet of a filthy bathroom. Maybe it's because I work in a school and I know how hard the staff works to keep the school running well but it seems so ...more
Landen Peak
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Teddy Fitzroy, a smart seventh-grade student with very few friends and a bully determined to make his life miserable. He has just been accused of stealing a koala from the zoo his parents work at. With his friend Summer and his parents at his side, Teddy becomes an undercover, detective dedicated to proving his innocence, finding the koala and avoiding juvenile detention. While on the run from security guards and authorities, Teddy must learn how to hide in plain sight and, above all, convince ...more
Judi Paradis
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My students keep raving about Stuart Gibb, and I can see why. Poached is part of a series of mysteries set in "Fun Jungle," an animal park with a Six Flags vibe in Texas owned by a crazy capitalist and full of eccentric people and exotic animals. Teddy is a middle schooler who lives at the park with his parents, a wildlife photographer Dad and ape expert Mom. In this book, someone has stolen the Koala on loan from the government of Australia, which happens to be the park's biggest current ...more
Anthony Guerrera
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a real intensely orchestrated novel. Every single page I was on the edge of my seat wanting to read more. One night, I even read 3 hours straight without even knowing it. This book also had some vocabulary that was difficult to understand so I needed to do further research to figure out what it meant. This is probably under my top 5 best mystery novels list. I love the setting, a 14 year old boy living in a trailer park in the most abandoned part of Texas in this really hip, humongous ...more
Marshall
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun Jungles koala has been stolen and Theodore is the only person that could have done it. all the evidence points to him and nobody can be trusted. as time passes the koala could die. the only way to save kazoo is to clear his name and find who stole kazoo. The head of security in funjungle only thinks Theodore did it. With the help of his friend summer he could solve this mystery.

I recommend this book to kids who like mystery and books written by the same author Stuart Gibbs. I liked this book
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Gretchen
This is the second book in the Fun Jungle series and I enjoyed it as much as the first. I like the information I learn about the animals mentioned in the story, as well as what a very different life from mine would be like. I like that the main character Teddy is adventurous, but he tries to be responsible in some ways. You know that a situation like this wouldn't really exist but it's close enough to keep it fun and believable. I also really like the relationship he has with his parents. The ...more
Nina Basinet
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sophia

I really liked this book. It's about Teddy, the boy who lives at FunJungle. He attends middle school where a bully, Vance Jessup thinks FunJungle is the perfect place for a cruel prank. Vance bullies Teddy into his prank, but his plan goes really wrong. Teddy sneaks into the koala exhibit to hide out until the chaos dies down. When Kazoo the koala goes missing everyone thinks Teddy stole him because Teddy is the only person that you see on camera going inside and out of the exhibit.
En-Jia
I think that Marge O'Malley isn't a good police officer. I think that Marge isn't a good police officer because in this book, she repeated blamed Teddy for a crime he did not do. She refused to find any suspect other than Teddy. There was evidence of Teddy doing it, but but she refused to look/listen to any evidence other than ones that included Teddy. I don't think that doing that is a very good move because she could get demoted or fired if it wasn't Teddy because she didn't find any other ...more
Tara
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though it is actually the second book of the series, this was the first FunJungle book I read. At first, I didn't want to read it, and I initially only read it because it was on the MCBA (Massachusetts Children's Book Awards), and I wanted to read all 25 books on the list. I ended up, however, loving it, and it sparked my interest in the FunJungle series and Stuart Gibbs. I would recommend this book to pretty much everybody. It has some comedy, mystery, and many other genres in it and it is ...more
Joanne
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this along with my 11-yr-old, and for a middle school book, it was entertaining. My son was really into it, trying to solve the mystery, his suspects always changing. The writing is nothing spectacular, and there isn't really much in the way of lessons learned or a moral, but the plot is fun. The narrator is supposed to be a 12-year-old kid, and I frequently found vocabulary and idioms that are way beyond that used by a tween. But over all, any book that interests kids and makes them want ...more
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