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The Menagerie: Dragon on Trial

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The Menagerie: Dragon on Trial

THE MENAGERIE by Tui T. and Kari Sutherland introduced readers to the fantastical home of dragons, unicorns, merpeople and more run by Zoe Kahn’s parents. When readers last left the Kahn family Menagerie in Xanadu, Wyoming, the six escaped griffin cubs had finally been safely returned home. But there were still mysteries to be solved at this refuge for magical creatures, not in the least what happened to Pelly, the goose who laid golden eggs. 
 
In THE MENAGERIE: Dragon on Trial, the Kahn family --- along with Zoe’s friends Logan and Blue; a wererooster named Marco and a couple of SuperNatural Animal Protection Agency agents --- are trying to solve the crime of Pelly’s disappearance.
 
An entertaining adventure with healthy doses of mystery, magic and family conflict. 
 
It has only been a few days since Logan befriended Zoe and Blue --- they met while tracking the griffin cubs --- but in that short time, he has met a host of amazing creatures he thought were only the stuff of fable, and also discovered that he has natural tracking abilities. Apparently, he inherited them from his mother, who left him and his father recently without word on her whereabouts. Logan’s feelings for his mother and his knowledge that she worked in the world of magical creatures complicates his feelings for the Menagerie and the people he is getting to know. But, he is drawn to them and to their secretive work. Now that is seems someone may be trying to sabotage the Menagerie or shut it down, Logan has become obsessed with helping them save it.
 
The number one suspect is a dragon named Scratch. But, despite the fact that Scratch escaped and gobbled some local sheep, Logan, Zoe and Blue believe he is innocent in regards to Pelly. Still, they have no proof and things get more and more confusing when they discover an unmonitored were-family. Plus, Zoe’s brother Matthew and the school librarian are also acting very strange.
 
The story ends with some resolution, but with a big surprise and cliffhanger as well. And, some questions remain unanswered in preparation for the next book in the series. In DRAGON ON TRIAL, the Sutherlands continue to develop their characters, though Logan remains the most interesting and richly drawn. More cool magical creatures are introduced as well, and it’s fun to read about their personalities. The reading level is not too difficult and the plot is not too sophisticated; the book is simply an entertaining adventure with healthy doses of mystery, magic and family conflict. 

Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman on March 12, 2014

The Menagerie: Dragon on Trial
by Tui T. Sutherland

  • Publication Date: March 11, 2014
  • Genres: Fantasy, Youth Fiction
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN-10: 0060851430
  • ISBN-13: 9780060851439