Lion Down (FunJungle, #5)
Teddy Fitzroy returns as FunJungle’s resident sleuth when a lion is falsely accused of killing a distinguished dog in the latest novel in New York Times bestselling author Stuart Gibbs’s FunJungle series.For once, operations at the enormous zoo/theme park appear to be running smoothly (except for the occasional herring-related mishap in the penguin exhibit) and Teddy Fitzroy is finally able to give detective work a rest. But then a local lion is accused of killing a famous dog—and the dog’s owner, an inflammatory radio host, goes on a crusade to have the cat declared a nuisance so it can be hunted. But it looks like the lion might have been framed, and a renegade animal activist wants Teddy and Summer to help prove it. Soon, Teddy finds himself wrapped up in the middle of his most bizarre, hilarious, and dangerous case yet.

Lion Down (FunJungle, #5) Details

TitleLion Down (FunJungle, #5)
Author
ReleaseFeb 26th, 2019
PublisherSimon Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139781534424739
Rating
GenreMystery, Childrens, Middle Grade

Lion Down (FunJungle, #5) Review

  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusTeddy and Summer are trying to get the fish cannon for the penguins under control and hoping to avoid being dragged into another mystery when... they are dragged into another mystery! Lily is back in the states and has had a complaint from the local Department of Fish and Wildlife that something not quite right is going on at local celebrity Lincoln Stone's house. His beloved dog, King, has been murdered, and he is sure a mountain lion is responsible. Teddy doesn't buy i E ARC from Edelweiss PlusTeddy and Summer are trying to get the fish cannon for the penguins under control and hoping to avoid being dragged into another mystery when... they are dragged into another mystery! Lily is back in the states and has had a complaint from the local Department of Fish and Wildlife that something not quite right is going on at local celebrity Lincoln Stone's house. His beloved dog, King, has been murdered, and he is sure a mountain lion is responsible. Teddy doesn't buy it, though, especially since Stone wants to use this as an excuse to have open season on mountain lions. Things are up at FunJungle as well-- the giraffes are having explosive diarrhea, which isn't the best thing for a zoo, and JJ McCracken puts summer and Teddy on the case to try to figure out who is feeding them something they ought not to have. There are run ins with the principal at the school, who is a friend of Stone's, an anniversary celebration at the park, and run ins with Marge and Nick as well. Teddy manages to solve the giraffe mystery, the death of the dog (which is unfortunate but realistic), and still spend quality time with Summer.Strengths: Gibbs has a HUGE fan base at my school, and when Author Study projects were assigned, I thought there would be blood shed over the books! I can see why-- they are reliably funny and well-written, with reliable chase scenes that cause Teddy to save the day. I know and love the characters, and the mysteries are not overly gory or scary. King might have been an adorable Bichon Frise, but apparently a very nasty one.Weaknesses: Marge and Nick get a little better with each book, but are still unlikable characters. I'm also not a fan of ridiculously bad principals.What I really think: This book will check out within five minutes of hitting my library. I adore the covers and am glad that they have retained the same delightful style. That said, five books is the ideal length for a series, and I know that Mr. Gibbs has lots of good ideas, so I will be ready to say goodbye to Teddy after the next book. Which I feel should involve a penguin.
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  • Yapha
    January 1, 1970
    A must read for fans of the series and animal lovers! Another clever and funny mystery from Stuart Gibbs. Highly recommended for grades 4 & up.eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss
  • Kyle Pucciarello
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not sure if it's fair to rate a book that is technically still in review, but I wasn't so sure about this. A unique story about two middle school-aged students sleuthing around an animal park, but the execution was lacking. At 352 pages, it's quite overblown, and I can't imagine it holding upper elementary students' attention for very long.
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  • Melanie Dulaney
    January 1, 1970
    Stuart Gibbs, author of the Spy School series, one of my middle grades favorites, has also written another mystery series called FunJungle featuring Teddy and Summer who solve whodunnits set in a zoo. This newest one, Lion Down, is my first to read and I’m sorry I waited until book 5 to start. Teddy and Summer are both bright, likable characters who seem to get pulled into seemingly harmless puzzles connected to animals at FunJungle and then discover that danger is around every corner. In Lion D Stuart Gibbs, author of the Spy School series, one of my middle grades favorites, has also written another mystery series called FunJungle featuring Teddy and Summer who solve whodunnits set in a zoo. This newest one, Lion Down, is my first to read and I’m sorry I waited until book 5 to start. Teddy and Summer are both bright, likable characters who seem to get pulled into seemingly harmless puzzles connected to animals at FunJungle and then discover that danger is around every corner. In Lion Down, there are two mysteries-why are the giraffes getting sick every Monday and did a mountain lion that leaves in the wilds near the zoo really kill an obnoxious radio personality’s precious puppy? The clues are all there, but readers are not likely to figure out either mystery before Gibbs reveals the answers in his own time. All three of Gibbs’ mystery series are terrific—full of excellent, context-rich, descriptive vocabulary, strong male and female characters, diversity in race and economic levels, and manage to do it all without resorting to gratuitous violence, profanity, or sexual content. Added bonus—all three series can be read in any order without spoilers or confusion by the reader. Highly recommended for readers in grades 4 and up who enjoy mysteries and/or action-adventure. Thanks for the dARC, Edelweiss!
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  • Lizz Axnick
    January 1, 1970
    I WANTED so badly to like this book. I really, really did. I have read all the other FunJungle books and I loved them. This book felt convoluted and sort of reaching for a plot line. Most of it does not have much to do with FunJungle either, it is about a mountain lion outside of the park being hunted by idiots. I just did not think the book was as well thought out and put together as the other FunJungle books. I will definitely continue the series but I hope the next one is better than this.
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  • mindy
    January 1, 1970
    So I was looking for a fun middle grade book and settled on this one, and it was a perfect choice. Maybe I’m biased because I especially love kids solving mysteries, but oh well. I haven’t read any other books in this series, but it wasn’t necessary. It was a little long, but it was a really fun adventure. The last half of the book was pretty fast-paced, and everything wrapped up quickly. Funnily enough, the last kids environmental mystery I read was also about a mountain lion (Scat by Carl Hias So I was looking for a fun middle grade book and settled on this one, and it was a perfect choice. Maybe I’m biased because I especially love kids solving mysteries, but oh well. I haven’t read any other books in this series, but it wasn’t necessary. It was a little long, but it was a really fun adventure. The last half of the book was pretty fast-paced, and everything wrapped up quickly. Funnily enough, the last kids environmental mystery I read was also about a mountain lion (Scat by Carl Hiassen) and it was just as good. :)
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  • Rachael Bookfairs
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first Stuart Gibbs book that I've read & I must say I really enjoyed it. This is a fun romp of a mystery set inside & outside an animal theme park. But it is also a book that is giving kids some serious info about conservation efforts, habitat loss & other threats to the earths wild animals & just some fun animal facts about many of the inhabitants of "FunJungle" Animal Park. The protagonists are well written and likable, the dialogue is fast moving & often witty. This is the first Stuart Gibbs book that I've read & I must say I really enjoyed it. This is a fun romp of a mystery set inside & outside an animal theme park. But it is also a book that is giving kids some serious info about conservation efforts, habitat loss & other threats to the earths wild animals & just some fun animal facts about many of the inhabitants of "FunJungle" Animal Park. The protagonists are well written and likable, the dialogue is fast moving & often witty. I think elementary kids are really going to enjoy this book.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    Another crisply paced plot in the fifth book in the popular FunJungle series. This eco-mystery is packed with wit and humor and will keep readers guessing. The narrative mixes full-tilt slapstick with information about endangered wildlife making the story both entertaining and instructive.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    Teddy Fitzroy is back and this time he has two mysteries to solve. The first one involves the Department of Fish and Wildlife. There’s a wild mountain living in the area and it is being blamed for the death of a pet dog. The dog happens to be the much touted pet of Shock Jock Lincoln Stone, who is calling for the death of the mountain lion. But there’s something suspicious about the crime scene and Lily Deakins, knowing Teddy’s prowess for solving mysteries through her zoo vet father, calls on T Teddy Fitzroy is back and this time he has two mysteries to solve. The first one involves the Department of Fish and Wildlife. There’s a wild mountain living in the area and it is being blamed for the death of a pet dog. The dog happens to be the much touted pet of Shock Jock Lincoln Stone, who is calling for the death of the mountain lion. But there’s something suspicious about the crime scene and Lily Deakins, knowing Teddy’s prowess for solving mysteries through her zoo vet father, calls on Teddy for help. It seems that there is pressure from the bosses at Fish and Wildlife to end the investigation. Why? Teddy isn’t sure but he and Summer are on the case. In addition, J.J. McCracken has recruited Teddy to find out who is poisoning the giraffes at Fun Jungle. So they set up a stake out, but is this really an investigation. Or is JJ McCracken trying to distract him from the mountain lion case? Another fun adventure for Teddy and Summer with great humor.
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