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The Last Zoo

Written by Sam Gayton

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LoveReading View on The Last Zoo

Pia lives in a very unusual zoo, which houses all kinds of weird and wonderful creatures, from unicorns to genies and angels. But one day the angels go missing, and it's up to Pia to find them before the world ends.


The Last Zoo Synopsis

Pia lives in a zoo in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with her parents (both ghosts), several old and cranky genies, a devil, and two young angels. She spends her days trimming genie-beards, trying to avoid being tricked into selling her soul, and waiting for the angels to make a miracle big enough to save the world. Then the angels go missing. Can she solve the riddles of the mysterious haloes the angels have left behind? Is the zoo's devil really trying to help her? And what does this all have to do with her best friends, the Rekkers? Pia needs to solve the mystery fast, because everything around her seems to be ending: her friendships, her childhood, and maybe even the world itself.

The Last Zoo Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

This book was very unique and the imagination in it was amazing. Full review

Jasmine (Age Year 8)

A wonderful, highly imaginative, fantasy adventure. The central character, Pia lives in a celestial ark with angels, ghosts and genies, which is part of a zoo filled with dreamt up mythical animals. When the angels disappear, Pia knows she has to find them before anyone discovers the truth. Full review

Ross O'Gorman (Age 12)

The last zoo was perfect for me so if you like fantasy books that always have a bit of magicin them pick this book up straight away. Full review

Louise Wood (Age 10)

The pages grip you until you finish the book. Full review

Student, Rodborough School (Age )

The angels go missing! You might think angels don’t exist but before this story started a group of scientists dropped an R bomb which breaks reality and formed a seam in the sky - a cut between reality and non-reality - a place where imagination comes to life. I found the book exciting and mysterious. Full review

Gianna Smith (Age 9)

The Last Zoo Press Reviews

Gayton conjures worlds far beyond your imagination and characters that grab you by the hand and pull you with them, headlong into adventure -- Gill Lewis

An enchanting read -- Alex Scarrow

Fantastical! (And very funny.) -- Pamela Butchart

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ISBN: 9781783447701
Publication date: 07/03/2019
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783447701
Publication date: 7th March 2019
Author: Sam Gayton
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Recommendations: Reviewed by Children

About Sam Gayton

Sam Gayton lives in Margate. In 2009 he completed the Writing for Young People MA at Bath Spa University and not long after published his first book, The Snow Merchant. He loves American novels, Italian food and the English countryside. When he's not writing, he likes playing old board games, strumming his guitar and joining as many rock bands as possible (currently at seven).

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