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How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied
by Jess Keating


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A 2015 Red Maple Award nominee "A fun-filled, pitch-perfect book... about the perils of being 12 in a snake-eat-snake world." --Kirkus Starred Review

Ana Wright's social life is now officially on the endangered list: she lives in a zoo (umm, elephant droppings ?), her best friend lives on the other side of the world, and the Sneerers are making junior high miserable.  Read more...


 
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Overview

A 2015 Red Maple Award nominee "A fun-filled, pitch-perfect book... about the perils of being 12 in a snake-eat-snake world." --Kirkus Starred Review

Ana Wright's social life is now officially on the endangered list: she lives in a zoo (umm, elephant droppings ?), her best friend lives on the other side of the world, and the Sneerers are making junior high miserable. All Ana wants is to fade into the background.
Yeah, that's not going to happen.

Creature File for Ana Wright:
Species Name: Anaphyta Normalis
Kingdom: The Zoo, Junior High
Phylum: Girls Whose Best Friend Just Moved To New Zealand; Girls Who Are Forced To Live In A Zoo With Their Weirdo Parents And Twin Brother
Weight: Classified
Feeds On: Daydreams about Zackardia Perfecticus and wish cupcakes
Life Span: Soon to become extinct due to social awkwardness

"A wild romp, filled with humor and heart."--Lisa Schroeder, author of It's Raining Cupcakes and the Charmed Life series

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781402297557
  • ISBN-10: 1402297556
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
  • Publish Date: June 2014
  • Page Count: 282
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds

Series: My Life Is a Zoo #1

Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-07-21
  • Reviewer: Staff

Wry, honest seventh-grader Ana tries to make sense of the middle-school feeding tank while grappling with her best friend's move to New Zealand, the school "Sneerers" clique, and her longtime crush. Then there's Ana's family: her annoying twin brother, whose best friend is suddenly looking kind of cute; her zookeeper parents; and her celebrity naturalist grandfather, who just showed up to make a movie showcasing the whole family. Ana wants to shake her paralyzing fear of public speaking so she can do a presentation at the zoo and also nail an art project meant to express her identity, but she's not sure she has it in her. Readers should find it easy to become invested in Ana's troubles as she looks for the right boy, seeks her moment of glory, and defines herself on her own terms. Keating, a zoologist, enriches her debut novel with fascinating animal facts, awkward moments with a variety of wild species, and "creature files" Ana use to amusingly classify her peers. Ages 9–12. Agent: Kathleen Rushall, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. (June)

 
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