From the author of The Bully Book comes a timeless story about a young boy, his father, and the world that comes between them, which New York Times -bestselling author Peter Lerangis called "magical, mysterious, fresh, original, and full of heart."
Marlin is not slow, or mute; what he is is a stutterer, and that makes it impossible for him to convince people otherwise.Read more...
From the author of The Bully Book comes a timeless story about a young boy, his father, and the world that comes between them, which New York Times-bestselling author Peter Lerangis called "magical, mysterious, fresh, original, and full of heart."
Marlin is not slow, or mute; what he is is a stutterer, and that makes it impossible for him to convince people otherwise. What he is also is a Rackham: the younger son of the world-famous explorer Ronan Rackham, the owner and proprietor of the Zoo at the Edge of the World, a resort where the well-to-do from all over the globe can come to experience the last bit of the wild left at the end of the nineteenth century.
In order to impress a powerful duke who comes to visit the zoo, Marlin's father ventures into the jungle and brings back a mysterious black jaguar, the only one in captivity. Everyone is terrified of it, including Marlin--until one night, when the jaguar confers upon him a powerful gift. Soon, Marlin finds himself with a difficult choice to make and, finally, something to say. If only he can figure out how to say it.
- ISBN-13: 9780062125163
- ISBN-10: 0062125168
- Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
- Publish Date: August 2014
- Page Count: 240
- Reading Level: Ages 8-12
- Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-10-06
- Reviewer: Staff
In this fantasy-tinged historical novel from Gale (The Bully Book), young Marlin's legendary father, the adventurer Ronan Rackham, is also famous for his resort in British Guiana—a lavish zoo built on an ancient pyramid. The zoo boasts 87 species, feeding demonstrations, and grand gatherings (excerpts from the guest brochure appear throughout). Marlin, constantly bullied by his older brother and the resort workers, fears he'll always suffer pity and ridicule because of his stutter, which disappears when he speaks to animals. After a jaguar, which purportedly killed one of the natives employed by Marlin's father, is captured and brought to the zoo, the jaguar takes to Marlin, teaching him the gifts of healing and the language of the animals. These gifts help Marlin protect the animals as the zoo's precarious financial situation drives Ronan to commit desperate and cruel acts. Augmented by Nielson's gentle full-page illustrations, Gale's touching story addresses the importance of empathy for all living things as it examines the delicate relationship between humans and animals. Ages 8–12. Author's agent: Erica Rand Silverman, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Aug.)