The Secret of Zoom
By Lynne Jonell
(Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Hardcover, 9780805088564, 304pp.)
Publication Date: September 1, 2009
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Christina lives in an old stone mansion on the edge of a forest surrounded by barbed wire and signs that read TRESPASSERSWILL BE BOILED. Deep within the forest is the laboratory where her father works—and where her mother was blown to bits years ago.Christina is not supposed to talk to the orphans down the road. But when an orphan boy named Taft tells her of a secret tunnel, she finds it and helps him escape. Soon she and Taft discover there is far more to the orphanage and the mystery of her mother’s supposed death than they ever suspected.
Lynne Jonell is the author of the novels Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat and Emmy and the Home for Troubled Girls, as well as several critically acclaimed picture books. Her books have been named Junior Library Guild Selections and a Smithsonian Notable Book, among numerous other honors. Born in Little Falls, Minnesota, Jonell grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis. She now teaches writing at the Loft Literary Center and lives with her husband and two sons in Plymouth, Minnesota, in a house on a hill.
Praise for The Secret of Zoom:
“This exciting tale, with just a touch of fantasy and humor, is a winner. … Jonell displays pitch-perfect skills in an expertly crafted story that never flags and that includes plenty of heart-stopping situations to keep readers fully engaged.”—School Library Journal, Starred Review“Plenty of quirky imagination, off-kilter energy, and looping thrills.”—Booklist “Eccentric and entertaining.”—Kirkus Reviews “Jonell takes readers into the secretive and strange world of young Christina Adnoid... the heroic antics of Christina and Taft and the imaginative details Jonell includes make this an adventure worth embarking on” — Publisher’s Weekly