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This was the second book in a trilogy. The story is full of mythical creatures. The adventure was right on for the suggested age group the story was written for. The author did an awesome job of making the juvenile characters the heroes of the story. I will be reading the last book in this trilogy. ( )
  BrendaKlaassen | Jul 31, 2016 |
The goose that laid the golden eggs has been murdered and the prime suspect is the dragon, Scratch. Logan, Zoe, and Blue believe he is innocent and they have only a few days to find the real culprit before the trial occurs and Scratch is convicted and executed.

This is a fantastic sequel to The Menagerie. I can't wait to read the third book to find out who is trying to sabotage the menagerie. ( )
  soraki | May 30, 2015 |
Interesting series ( )
  dzmrazek | Jun 5, 2014 |
I read The Menagerie for review when it came out last year and really enjoyed it. I was excited to see that the next book in the series had come out. This is a story full of mythical creatures and mystery and I really enjoyed it.

Something...or someone has killed the goose that laid golden eggs (one of the main sources of the Menagerie’s funding). Evidence is pointing to a dragon named Scratch who has had some mysterious behavior lately. However, Logan and Zoe aren’t convinced and they are absolutely determined to prove that Scratch is innocent. There is more at stake here than Scratch’s life, if the Menagerie shows that it can’t control its animals then it might be shut down for good.

This was a well done middle grade fantasy with lots of humor, some mystery, and tons of cryptozoology. I continue to enjoy this series about a secret compound that serves as a sanctuary for mythological animals.

I also continue to enjoy the characters. Logan is not as lonely as in the first book and is continuing to enjoy spending time with Zoe and her crazy family. Blue is in the story a bit too, but not as much as he was in the first book. There is the addition of an incredibly humorous character named Marcus, who happens to be a wererooster….yeah kind of sucks to be him.

The plot has a few twists and turns (most of them were fairly predictable for me). Of course SNAPA is involved again. All the events are mainly leading up to a trial for the dragon Scratch and proving whether or not he is guilty in the killing of Pelly the Golden Goose. There is also some addition to the plot involving the disappearance of Logan’s mother.

Overall this was a fun read, with an excellent mystery to be solved, some fascinating creatures, and engaging/likable characters. I really enjoy the cryptozoology in here and the humor. I would recommend to middle grade readers who enjoy humor and fantasy (and to adults who like to read fun middle grade fantasy). The book has been described as a combination of Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven and Carl Hiaasen’s humor and that is a pretty accurate description of this series. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060851430, Hardcover)

The mysteries and adventure are back and bigger than ever in the second book in the Menagerie trilogy! With the magic of Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven and the charm and humor of Carl Hiaasen, The Menagerie #2: Dragon on Trial is perfect for young readers who love myths, fairy tales, and magical creatures.

Someone or something has murdered the goose who laid the golden eggs, and the evidence points to a dragon named Scratch. But this mystery won’t be that easy to solve. . . . Zoe and Logan are back on the case in another exciting fantasy adventure from authors—and sisters—Tui T. Sutherland (Wings of Fire) and Kari Sutherland.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:09 -0400)

Someone or something has murdered the goose who laid the golden eggs, and the evidence points to a dragon named Scratch. But this mystery won't be that easy to solve, Zoe and Logan are back on the case in another exciting fantasy adventure.

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