The Menagerie by Tui T. and Kari Sutherland
Did you ever dream of being a zookeeper? 7th Grader Zoe Kahn is living that dream! She lives in Xanadu, Wyoming, a picturesque town with a hidden secret: a menagerie of fantastic animals including unicorn, dragons, griffins, phoenixes, and mermaids. It’s closely guarded by Zoe and her extended family, who have been tending the Menagerie for centuries. When six baby griffins escape from their area, 7th grader Logan Wilde is accidentally drawn into the frantic search to find the creatures before the SNAPA agents shut the Menagerie down! The book has a terrific set of characters- both human and supernatural- and a twist and turns plot with no end in sight…..literally. A sequel is in the works! The Menagerie is fabulous fantasy fiction for grades 3 and up.
If you like fantasy like The Menagerie, try:
Rump: The True Story of Rumplestilksin by Liesl Shurtliff, grades 3 and up.
In a magic kingdom where your name is your destiny, 12-year-old Rump is the butt of everyone’s jokes. But when he finds an old spinning wheel, his luck seems to change. Rump discovers he has a gift for spinning straw into gold. His best friend, Red Riding Hood, warns him that magic is dangerous, and she’s right. With each thread he spins, he weaves himself deeper into a curse.
The Big Hairy Secret (Furry and Flo series, book 1) by Thomas K. Troupe, grades 2+.
Flo Gardner isn’t exactly thrilled when she and her mom move into Corman Towers, a giant apartment building in the middle of the city. To call their new home strange is an understatement. And things only get weirder when she meets Ferdinand, better known as Furry. It doesn’t take Flo long to realize that there’s more than one secret lurking in her new home.