The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise

By Julia Stuart
(Wheeler Publishing, Hardcover, Large Print, 9781410432827, 421pp.)

Publication Date: January 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Hardcover, Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the August 2010 Indie Next List
“Balthazar Jones, a retired military man, is now a Beefeater living in the Tower of London with his family and his 181-year-old pet tortoise named Mrs. Cook. When the queen decides that her menagerie of donated animals should return to live at the Tower as they had centuries before, Balthazar becomes their keeper. This is a touching family story, as well as a delightfully whimsical and zany tale of man and beast. Great fun!”
-- Karen T Harris, Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, Vineyard Haven, MA

"Originally published in Great Britain in paperback as 'Balthazar Jones and the Tower of London Zoo' by Harper Press"--T.p. verso.

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  1. While filled with humour, The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise has an undercurrent of heartache. Why do you think the author included the tragic element—could the story have survived without it?

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