Marlin has a great deal of trouble in his life. He is the youngest son of a world-famous adventurer, and his older brother is a total bully. He lives at the fancy resort known as the Zoo at the Edge of the World, which is owned by his father. It is his job to help his father take care of the animals they protect and to help entertain the wealthy guests when they arrive. He doesn't mind the animal part, but he hates meeting the guests because of the trouble he has with talking. Marlin stutters. It is almost impossible to understand him, but he doesn't seem to have the same problem when it comes to the animals. He can talk to them just fine.
However, when his father captures and brings home a Jaguar, Marlin's life becomes a great deal more complicated. What starts with trying to show up his brother ends with him receiving a great gift. What should he do now that he can talk with animals--and understand their response? Find out in The Zoo at the Edge of the World by Eric Kahn Gale (Lexile: 680; Interest Level: Grades 3-6). Readers who enjoy animal books, zoos, or books about young people overcoming their obstacles to become something more will enjoy this story. (240 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.