Saturday, March 29, 2014

Poached by Stuart Gibbs

Teddy has a problem.  OK, maybe more than one.  He has Vance at school, who's been held back twice and is BIG, bullying him.  When he goes to FunJungle where his parents work and live, Marge is on his case.  He solved the last mystery there and made her look stupid and she's never going to let that go.  She's going to get even...

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 8th, and is the sequel to Belly Up.  Grab it at your local bookstore.

While Teddy is chatting with a friend in school, he happens to mention the new shark exhibit.  As they goof around talking about it, he mentions it might be be cool to put something in the water that looks like human remains to gross everyone out.  It's only a joke they giggle over but, unfortunately, Vance heard him.  And Vance gets a mannequin arm and foot and browbeats Teddy into meeting him at the shark exhibit.  When he gets there, Vance makes him put the arm in.  Vance and his friends had been spotted by the security guard and the guards show up in force at just the moment Teddy does the deed.  In his scurry to get away, he ends up in the Koala house.  It doesn't hurt anything because the Koala sleeps right through it.  But it causes big problems for Teddy.

You see, Kazoo gets kidnapped and they blame Teddy.  Marge and her friends have the video that shows Teddy's entrance and exit.  He's wearing Vance's backpack and it's huge.  Kazoo could have been inside.  Teddy's parents believe him but no one else does.  If he's going to get out of this, he's going to have to solve the crime himself.

If that's not enough for him to do, there are two other side plots.  This FunJungle has theft, false employees, fraudulent activities, illegal photo sales, and a bomber.  Can Teddy deal with all that?  Yes, he can.

It's a good mystery with enough other trails mixing in with the Koala theft to confuse everyone.  There's good action and Teddy finds out he has some friends he didn't even know about.  Even reluctant readers should enjoy this one.

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