The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett

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The writing is beautiful and moving as it explores the idea of freedom. The illustrations are very three-dimensional almost like cut-outs, many of them using the idea of the bars on the animal cages, also playing with the meaning of freedom.
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When the Germans attack their Romany encampment during World War II, Andrej and his younger brother, Tomas, flee through a ravaged countryside under cover of darkness, guarding a secret bundle. Their journey leads to a bombed-out town, where the boys discover a hidden wonder: a zoo filled with creatures in need of hope. Like Andrej and Tomas, the animals—wolf and eagle, monkey and bear, lioness and seal, kangaroo and llama— have stories to share and a mission to reclaim their lives.
 

About Sonya Hartnett

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Sonya Hartnett is an internationally acclaimed author of many award-winning novels, including THURSDAY'S CHILD, WHAT THE BIRDS SEE, STRIPES OF THE SIDESTEP WOLD, THE SILVER DONKEY, THE GHOST's CHILD, BUTTERFLY, and the Michael L. Printz Honor Book SURRENDER. She was the winner of the 2008 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world's largest award for lifetime achievement in children's and youth literature. Sonya Hartnett lives in Australia.Andrea Dezsö is a visual artistwho works across a broad range of media including drawing, cutpaper, embroidery, sculpture,installation, animation, and large-scale murals. She is Assistant Professor of Art at Hampshire College in Amherst, MAand lives in Amherst and New York City.
 
Published September 13, 2011 by Candlewick. 208 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Reviewed by Valentine on Sep 28 2011

The writing is beautiful and moving as it explores the idea of freedom. The illustrations are very three-dimensional almost like cut-outs, many of them using the idea of the bars on the animal cages, also playing with the meaning of freedom.

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