Murder. Mayhem. Megafauna.
Henry the Hippo, the beloved mascot of FunJungle, America’s hottest new tourist attraction, is dead. Twelve-year-old Teddy Fitzroy suspects foul play, but when no one believes him, he decides to investigate himself. To his surprise, he discovers that plenty of people wanted Henry gone — and the list of suspects keeps growing. As Teddy searches through the clues and asks too many questions, it becomes clear that he too might end up belly up.
2013 PENNSYLVANIA YOUNG READERS CHOICE AWARD
2015 MAUD HART LOVELACE AWARD WINNER
2012 MARK TWAIN READERS AWARD FINALIST
CYBIL AWARD FINALIST
DOROTHY CANFIELD FISHER BOOK AWARD FINALIST
2012 LONE STAR READING LIST SELECTION
2013 GREAT LAKES / GREAT BOOKS HONOR BOOK
2013 SOUTH CAROLINA BOOK AWARD FINALIST
2013 NORTH CAROLINA BOOK AWARD FINALIST
“First-novelist Gibbs offers no shortage of suspects in his fast-paced story, which deftly mixes humor and suspense. Cleverly plotted…this book is an auspicious debut that will leave readers clamoring for more.” – Booklist
“Great fun… In his authorial debut, screenwriter Gibbs combines details of the inner workings of zoos with some over-the-top action for an entertaining read.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Gibbs handles issues of animal welfare in a fair way without being preachy, and his motley cast of characters holds its own with quirky personalities and memorable details.” – School Library Journal