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  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition (Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545125006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545125000
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Gordon Korman is the author of The 39 Clues Book 2: One False Note, which debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and The 39 Clues Book #8: The Emperor's Code. Gordon has written more than sixty books for kids and young adults, including Zoobreak, Swindle, and Son of the Mob, as well as the On the Run series and the Island, Everest, Dive, and Kidnapped trilogies. A native of Ontario, Canada, Korman now lives with his family in Long Island, New York.

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By TeensReadToo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Dec. 2009
Format: Hardcover
If it weren't for Savannah's capuchin monkey, Cleopatra, being stolen, none of this would have happened. But Cleo was stolen, and it did!

Griffin and his friends (if you've read SWINDLE by Mr. Korman, these are the same kids that managed to pull off the baseball card caper) are on a class field trip to the traveling exhibit All Aboard Animals. An old paddleboat has been converted into a traveling zoo. The kids are grossed out by the stench of the animals, and when Savannah finds Cleo in a cage marked Eleanor, she is absolutely livid. She demands her monkey back, but the zookeeper, Mr. Nastase, insists he bought her legally and has a bill of sale to prove it.

The kids, grumbling, leave the floating zoo, but Savannah is determined to get Cleo back. It's Griffin who comes up with the idea: Zoobreak. He assembles a team of friends, each with a specific job, and comes up with the plan.

The kids successfully (though with some hiccups in the execution) retrieve Cleo, along with all the other animals in the exhibit. If they had left the other animals, they'd have been home free. But Savannah can't stand the thought of leaving the rest of the animals in such squalid conditions.

Trying to conceal such exotic animals as a meerkat, loon, beaver and more create havoc in the kids' lives. They realize they have to get rid of the animals before they are found out. Their only option is to break the animals INTO another zoo.

If you think this is as crazy as it sounds, it is! The adventures Griffin and his friends get into are hysterical. The fact that the plans actually work are astounding. But of course, there are obstacles along the way, and it's navigating the obstacles that are the most fun.

This is the first story I've read by Mr. Korman, and after enjoying ZOOBREAK so much, I know I'll read more.

Reviewed by: Jaglvr
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5.0 out of 5 stars CSI: Zoobreak 19 Mar. 2013
By Jason Reichel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Griffin Bing, the man with a plan wanted to pursue a career of making plans for breaking the law. His master knowledge of making plans was put to work and into action when Savannah, a girl who is in Operation Zoobreak realizes that her pet "monkey" has been "pet-napped". Ben Slovak, Marissa, a computer whiz, and a couple more people are hired for the job. The gang rescued animals from a dirty, unpolished zoo called All Aboard Animals. After a couple of weeks, the gang puts animals into the Long Island Zoo, but little did they know that Darren Vader, the one who helped the gang on Operation Zoobreak 1 had told his parents the full truth. They were later caught by both Mr. Nastese, animal kidnapper, and Klaus, his personal bodyguard, and the police. Mr. "Nasty" and Klaus were arrested, but Griffin was given a warning, and the animals were transferred all across the continent, but Ben`s pet ferret, "Ferret Face" found Ben and stayed with him.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 12 April 2017
By Gale Lopez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Library Binding Verified Purchase
Great price for a Christmas gift for my 12 year old son.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Zoobreak... 9 July 2013
By ANP - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked Swindle. The story was original and creative and it was beautifully written. But I have some problems with Zoobreak.

Savannah just gets more annoying as the story goes on. The whole plot is driven by the fact she must get her monkey back, which she probably shouldn't have had in the first place. Moreover, she just seems...whiny and desperate. I mean, really, would it be that bad if she never got Cleopatra back or if the other animals were rescued later on? In addition she didn't really think about what she was going to do with a zoo-full of animals until after she rescues them. In so many ways Savannah lacks judgement and common sense in this book.

Also, many of the characters in Zoobreak seem static. These static characters don't change, adapt, or develop.

The children in this book openly defy authorities and take matters into their own hands. Breaking into a zoo in real life could get you in serious trouble. Furthermore, a good friend doesn't ask you to do dangerous things or defy authority to rescue their pet. At the very least, none of the characters are good role models.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plan for Belly Laughs 21 Sept. 2009
By Karen Keyte - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Griffin Bing, The Man With a Plan, and his fellow felonious sixth graders are back in this hilarious sequel to Swindle. This time, the gang is up in arms when Savannah's stolen pet monkey, Cleo, turns up in a seedy floating zoo called All Aboard Animals. None of the adults - parents, police, lawyers - can help Savannah, so she turns to the ringleader of the baseball card heist team for help. Griffin hatches his most ingenious and intricate plan yet: Operation Zoobreak. Of course, Griffin's plans always go much more smoothly on paper than they do in real life and Griffin, Ben, Logan, Savannah, Pitch and Melissa soon find themselves in familiar territory - way over their heads!
5.0 out of 5 stars I love a man with a plan! 20 Mar. 2011
By Beth Cutwright - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought two copies of the book. My grandson practices reading out loud with me and I read the second copy with him to assist with pronunciation and comprehension.
The book was a very pleasant read and we learned several new words and shared several laughs as the story progressed and we saw how a mom reacted to the giant "rat" in her basement! It was an enjoyable pleasure to share this story with my grandson. I especially enjoy that he is beginning to enjoy his reading more and more and hope that he will love books as much as I do! The second book has now been passed on to another grandson who I am also sharing the story with!
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