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Critics Say...

 

... A fast-paced mix of mystery and fantasy [with] enough action and suspense to keep the most reluctant reader entertained. It promises to be the beginning of a popular series.

 

School Library Journal

Bryan Chick … easily bridges the gap from mystery to fantasy…[and] masterfully transforms simple animals into magical creatures... Chick’s creatively crafted zoo animals communicate mysteriously, with both characters and readers alike.... [The] characters and animals spring to life with beautiful imagery, and leave readers anxiously awaiting the sequel. This fast-paced novel will appeal to both youthful and mature readers. The intricately designed plot will keep readers turning pages.

 

ForeWord Magazine

Chick debuts with an action-packed and breathless story about teamwork...

 

Publishers Weekly

A modern-day fantasy adventure packed cover to cover with wide-eyed wonder.

 

Midwest Review

... A constant lightning pace ... an excellent book for reluctant readers.

 

Heartland Reviews

I strongly believe that this is one of the best, if not the best, recently published book for middle readers that I have read!

 

Kimberly Kyff, Michigan Teacher of the Year, '06-'07

I absolutely love it! It’s like walking into the butterfly exhibit at my local zoo; everywhere I look, there are splashes of brilliance.

 

Sara Glassman, Little Professor Book Center

The author provides intricate details to his story that will have readers not being able to put the book down. The ending page clearly points to a sequel, hopefully very soon!

 

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Students & Parents Say...

 

I am a teacher and I love your series! I am planning on using them as read alouds in my classroom as well as having several sets available for students to read independently. Your writing is so vivid, I feel like I am in the story. So fast paced and interesting, I cannot put it down!! Please keep up the excellent work!

 

Keya

My eight year old son loved your first Secret Zoo book since you came to his school last year. He has read the book front to back numerous times and would like to know when the next book will be coming out. Keep up the good work, it is books like yours that make children excited about reading.

 

Holly E.

My 9 year old daughter recently purchased an autographed copy of Secret Zoo. It is her favorite book and she falls asleep reading it every night (she is on her third reading of it).

 

Dawn J.

We love The Secret Zoo!

 

Home Schoolers in Ashburn, VA

My son recieved a signed copy of your book for Christmas this past year, and I just wanted to let you know how much we have both enjoyed reading your book. We are both excited to read what happens in the books to come.

 

Leilani S.

I just finished the Secret Zoo and it is x-tremely AWESOME! I'm pretty sure you are going to be as famous as J.K. Rowling! Your book is as good (probably better)!

 

Sarah M.

My 7-year-old just finished the novel The Secret Zoo and was completely excited and enthralled with it, begging me to find the next book in the series. Every night I’d go up and tell her it was time for bed and put the book away and would always get the groan “But Dad – I can’t stop now, this is a really interesting part!"

 

Delbert M.
Author Visits

I have visited more than 200 schools and talked to over 50,000 students since I first introduced The Secret Zoo series.

 

During my visits, I share my unique experience of writing The Secret Zoo, how my ideas were inspired, and how I formulated the story. I encourage the students to use their imagination, and discuss how no writer ever gets it right the first time.

 

This educational presentation is fun, personal, thoughtful and engaging. I like to infuse humor, and I connect well with kids. I feel that elementary students are his "true peer group."  Additionally, I make the author experience very affordable.

 

Contact me about coming to your school!

 

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People Say...

 

Bryan was beyond great. The students and staff loved his presentation. The teachers were especially impressed with his description of how much effort it takes to get to a "final copy"!! It was so nice to get such quality for an affordable price, tough to come across these days! (Bryan was at New Haven Elementary/EEW on Friday March 30, the perfect way to end the week before Spring Break!)

 

Marcy Gerlach, Principal

So exciting to have Bryan come to my two elementary schools last week to talk with our kids for "March is Reading Month". Fantastic! The kids are still buzzing about the presentation and their signed books! Thank you Bryan!

 

Margaret Adams - Librarian Spencer Elementary

Bryan made me want to write again.

 

6th Grader Pierce Middle School

It is with utmost enthusiasm that I recommend Bryan Chick to any school who would like to witness a learning experience presentation by a talented children’s book author.

 

Mikaela Bartoi - Media Specialist Pembroke Elementary Birmingham, MI

Mr Chick came to my son's school last week and my son hasn't stopped talking about him and his wonderful book. We have been reading [The Secret Zoo] each night since. He is also listening to the story each day in class. He is hooked! I never thought this would happen, but I am so glad it did! Thank you so much for writing such a captivating book that both boys and girls would enjoy!

 

Angela M.
About Me

Children's Book Author Bryan ChickThe idea of The Secret Zoo came to me when I was just nine years old.

 

I wondered what it would be like if zoo exhibits had secret passages that allowed kids to get in and animals to get out. Over twenty years, this idea matured in complexity and length until it had become an epic story, to be told in several full-length novels.

 

When I'm not exploring the worlds in my head, I spend time speaking to likeminded peers at elementary schools across the nation.

 

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Contact

Let me hear from you!

 

I love to receive fan mail about my books, my school visits, or just to say hello!

 

You can send a letter via snail mail to Bryan Chick, P.O. Box 193, Clarkston, Michigan 48346, or you can simply use the form below.  Either myself or a publishing representative will answer all e-mails.