In the latest novel in New York Times bestselling author Stuart Gibbs's FunJungle series, Teddy Fitzroy returns as FunJungle's resident sleuth to solve his most improbable mystery yet--with a victim that's 65 million years old.
Teddy was all set for a campout at his friend Sage's family ranch--but then Sage gets terrible news: The skull of a rare dinosaur that was being excavated on his property has mysteriously vanished overnight in the middle of a rainstorm, even though it weighed 500 pounds. Not a single footprint has been left behind. Since the dinosaur was top secret, the police don't believe anyone outside the dig could have stolen it.
A T-rex skull can sell for millions of dollars, and everyone is a suspect--including J.J. McCracken, the owner of FunJungle.
Meanwhile, Teddy's old foes, the Barksdale twins, have gotten into trouble with an illegally purchased anaconda, and Teddy's girlfriend Summer wants to find out who's behind the local trade in black market reptiles. The two cases will drag Teddy into more danger and chaos than ever before, in this mystery that's stranger than fiction.
Gr 3-7—Teddy and his friends have a new mystery to solve in this latest installment of the "Funjungle" series—the improbable theft of a rare, 500-pound T. Rex skull worth millions that was found on Teddy's friend Sage's ranch. The local bumbling sheriff thinks the theft must be a hoax and refuses to spend much time on the case, so Sage asks Teddy to investigate. Soon everyone's a suspect and Teddy and his friends have their hands full trying to solve the mystery. Side plots about the exotic animal pet trade, as well as animal abuse within the zoo (the "Zebra Spanker") add further intrigue and excitement. As in other "Funjungle" books, Gibbs mixes in plenty of information to keep animal lovers happy—such as how snakes flick their tongues to aid in smelling. VERDICT Gibbs has managed once again to write an engaging and educational fiction book that kids will love. Buy where the rest of the series is popular. —Laura Gardner, Dartmouth Middle School, MACopyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
I really loved the mystery and there were a lot of interesting animal facts!