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The Secret of Zoone

(Zoone #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  114 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Welcome to Zoone: crossroads of the multiverse. In this inventive fantasy, fans of Diana Wynne Jones and Lisa McMann will step through an enchanted doorway and into a world filled with infinite portals to new—and sometimes perilous—lands.  

When a bright blue winged tiger appears on his aunt’s sofa, Ozzie can tell he’s in for an adventure. He’s thrilled to follow Tug—a skyg
ebook, 352 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by HarperCollins
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Fleur Bradley
Mar 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a magical adventure... I loved the characters in this middle-grade, and the fantasy world is incredibly rich, just sweeping you away as a reader. From the blue winged tiger to the wizards, this is MG fantasy at its best.

Readers of Rick Riordan and Lisa McMann will love this series. I was glad to see there's already a next book...
Tanya Kyi
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Secret of Zoone is a magical romp through a universe – a multiverse, actually – of unique characters and surprising plot twists. As Ozzie tries to get the magical door to earth re-opened, so he can reconnect with his lost aunt, there is plenty of tension. But there's also a ton of fun on every page. This book will make you want to pack your feathered hat and set forth for distant worlds. ...more
Ev N
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why isn't this kid investigating more doors? Oh right. I have to be patient for the next books in the trilogy. Dang it! Love Tug the Skyger and all of Ozzie's new friends and mentors. More please! ...more
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A mysterious door in the basement of an apartment building, a blue tiger with wings, and a extra creepy landlord are the first signs that Ozzie is in for an adventure. He finds himself in the land of Zoone, which is a station with many different doors that lead to a number of unique worlds. But Ozzie learns the door back to Earth is broken, and he desperately wants to go home to see his aunt (she knows about Zoone but has never mentioned it to him, and he wonders why). But there is trouble brewi ...more
shannon crozier
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My 8 year old daughter devoured this book over the summer (she is generally reading 5-7th grade level books). She LOVED it! She said it was magical and exciting. She said there was a lot of action that carries through the whole book. She loved the world of Zoone so much that she created a costume for Halloween to go as Fidget, the princess with inappropriately purple hair. She can hardly wait for the sequel
Anita McDivitt Barrios
I listened to this author speak earlier this year about plotting and pacing stories at WriteOnCon, a writing conference for kid lit authors, and picked this up after his talk, "Why I Hate Breakfast, or Some Tips for Developing and Structuring Scenes in Your Novel."

I don't know how this slipped under my radar, but it's a great, fast-paced read, non-stop action with not a single whiff of breakfast, anywhere!

Ozzie is stuck living with his Aunt Temperance in her cramped, dingy apartment while his pa
Destiny Bridwell
I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. First off I have to say just how cute and sweet and adventurous this book is. I did not read a lot of books as a child about portals. But I wish this book had been around when I was that age. I have to say that Tug the skyger is my favorite character. What is not to like. He is a winged blue tiger. The station with all of the door was just amazing and detail made it feel like I was right there. I know this book does not come out for a ...more
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am glad I had the chance to read such a book which had wonderful imagery and humor. The author gave the audience a feeling of being wanted by others and loved. This book will give children of all ages a sense of being a team and finding one's place in the world. All of the characters had a major part in the story in dealing with deceit, love, friendship, doubt, and revenge. I especially liked Tug, who showed others the meaning of living and being accepted by others, no mater where they are fro ...more
Hannah Belyea
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ozzie loves his Aunt, but her cramped apartment, along with his lack of friends and parents that are always travelling, are starting to stifle him - until he ends up trapped in the middle of a magical multiverse, where he must team up with a winged tyger and cursed princess to stop a wicked evil from taking over! Födi will keep readers entertained with every page of this humorous and charming adventure full of strange worlds and colourful characters. Can Ozzie figure out all the odd rules and wa ...more
Endless amounts of fun, with the most endearing animal sidekick you've ever seen, I promise. We've all read portal fantasies before, and this one drew me in because it builds on that formula in the most creative and colorful way, landing readers in a bustling station at the center of the multiverse, where travelers come and go between hundreds of magical worlds. Once you've seen one, you'll want to visit even more of them! :) ...more
Whitney Godinez
May 26, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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K.A. Wiggins
Super fun new middle-grade portal fantasy!

The whole escape-through-the-basement scene had me thinking of Suzanne Collins's Gregor and the Overlanders, but it's more magical and whimsical fantasy than dark action fantasy. Detailed and imaginative descriptions, wacky but well-developed characterization, and an exciting plot with dramatic challenges and villains make this a series to watch for sure. I also liked that there was a bit of mystery, with teases, twists, and misdirects that I didn't imme
Maggie Maxfield
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-with-quincy
Quincy picked this from the "New Book" library shelf, and I inwardly groaned because its title sounded ominously like a book I didn't really enjoy, "The Secret Zoo." But guess what? It was a blast to read aloud. It's the kind of book that one wishes were accompanied by illustrations and maps on the inside cover. I didn't think my kindergartner would have the attention span for all 30 chapters or the ability to grasp the themes and plot tie-ins that were hundreds of pages apart, but she totally f ...more
Jasper Shifflett
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
I love the world of Zoone, so much. The ending had me fighting tears and the world has a good selection of complex characters that stood out from the crowd. Action scenes are exciting and flow well, and I'm looking forward to the full chaotic potential that a flying tiger deserves. The 2nd is on my to-be-read list and I can't wait to see more adventures from behind the doors! ...more
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ozzie travels to Zoone through a secret door and finds a group of friends. A skyger named Tug, a purple haired princess (Fidget), and a wizard's apprentice (Salamanda). Can they save Zoone and the Multiverse or is one of them the spy the are looking for?

I received a copy of the book.
Lisa Kizer
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Other than having pages 220 to 248 out of consecutive order this book was really good. Picked it up to do ARR for my public school library and was not disappointed. You should try it.
Jo Stevens
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Secret of Zoone isn't a bad story. It's a little cutesy but it did leave me guessing as to who the bad guy was, so all in all it was quite a good story. ...more
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
it was really good,i loved it and the realization moments
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great fantasy for middle grades! Lots in here to keep kids and kids at heart turning pages. Mr. Födi has fun with words and whether it is the hunt for the Glibberspy or another preposasterous situation it really shows. Looking forward to book 2 already!
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Good read.
Heather Walter
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My 8-year-old and I loved it! Our favorite character was Tug.
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adventurous, mysterious and magical
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-reads
It was a good read.
Tanya Packer
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Loved the world and characters!
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hello fellow readers! The Secret Of Zoone is the one of the BEST books I’ve read this month!!! The main characters are Ozzie from Eridea ( the word that Zoonians use for Earth ) Tug the wingless skyger, and a Quoxxian princess named Fidget. When Ozzie finds Tug on his aunt’s couch,he knows he is in for an adventure. Ozzie and Tug go through a door in the basement that has a N hanging from a rusty nail and... it leads to a place called Zoone!!! But behind Ozzie,the door back to Eridea collapses! ...more
Jill Covyeou
I read this book in an effort to get my son to read something other than a comic book! I read it with him and we had a competition to see who could finish it first. To my surprise, it worked! He really got into the story, and he would ask for my daily update so we could talk about what was happening. Not only did this book get him reading something a little more challenging, but it also showed him that he enjoyed fantasy and should read those more challenging books. We've already read the second ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
So far this is an amazing book that both my son and my husband are loving....
jess  (bibliophilicjester)
meh? most of this book was really fun, but ozzie completely missed The Most Obvious Thing and UGH it really frustrated me. BUT i loved ozzie's genuine friendship with his aunt temperance! really endearing. even when he finds his door (if you will), he's constantly thinking about her and feeling bad she was left behind and hoping she's okay and actively trying to find a way back. even when he's on this great adventure. i really hope she ends up going with him in the next book = )

i loved zoone it
May 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Lots of action and a new world(s) to explore, the language was occasionally clunky and it never explained why Ozzie didn't have any friends or how the villain got a job on Earth as a handyman. Weirdly, several sections were misbound so I had to flip pages around to read it in the right order. ...more
May 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure, kids
Solid portal adventure into the magical crossroads world of Zoone. I enjoyed the Skyger, I was often confused by why Ozzie was an outcast, and I was amused by the many novel characters and creatures from other worlds.

Advanced Readers Copy provided by Edelweiss.
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Lee Edward Födi is a children's author, illustrator, and educator—or, as he likes to think of himself, a daydreaming specialist.

He is the author of several books for children including Spell Sweeper, The Secret of Zoone, The Guardians of Zoone (HarperCollins Children's Books), and the The Chronicles of Kendra Kandlestar (Simply Read Books).

He has also illustrated several picture books for other a

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