A brilliantly told magical story that questions what it means to be free.
World War II, Eastern Europe: Tomas and his younger brother, Andrej, have fled their Romany encampment which has been besieged by the Germans; they carry Wilma, their baby sister, in a sack. In an abandoned, bombed-out town, the children discover a zoo. In it are a wolf and an eagle, a monkey, bear, lioness, seal, chamois and llama. The animals tell their stories to the children as they try to begin to understand what has become of their lives and, when they try to figure out a way to release the animals, what it means to be free.
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Sonya Hartnett is the award-winning author of many novels for teens and young adults, inlcuding Thursday's Child, winner of the Guardian Children's Book Award; What the Birds See, winner of the Age Book of the Year in Australia; Stripes of the Sidestep Wolf; The Ghost's Child and The Silver Donkey, as well as a number of books for younger readers. In 2008, SMore about Sonya Hartnett