The Menagerie by Tui T Sutherland and Kari Sutherland
Logan Wilde is accidentally drawn into the mysterious, dangerous world of the Menagerie when he discovers a griffin hiding under his bed . . . and it leads him straight to the weirdest girl in seventh grade, Zoe Kahn.
Zoe is panicking. Her family has been guarding the Menagerie for centuries. If they don’t get the cubs back fast, the whole place will be shut down. To save the griffins’ lives, she’s willing to break all the rules, even if it means letting an outsider like Logan help. But the real mystery remains: Is someone trying to sabotage the Menagerie? Who let the griffins out . . .and why?
Logan loves animals, so when he is introduced to the Menagerie full of mythical creatures, he jumps at the chance to help Zoe track down the missing griffin cubs. Plus, Logan has a special ability that makes him the best person for the job. The Sutherland sisters’ Menagerie is a fun and vibrant place of familiar creatures from myth with unique and colorful personalities.
This is the first in a fantasy series geared towards middle readers, but with enough humor and adventure that all ages should enjoy. Fast-paced and full of suspense, The Menagerie is entirely fun and engaging. Fans of Fablehaven should definitely check out this one out. I couldn’t get enough of the characters, creatures, and mystery of the Menagerie, and look forward to the next installment in this promising series.