Mark Twain Nominee
Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs
Henry the Hippo, the fun and lovable mascot for FunJungle, a zoo and theme park, is dead. Belly up in his swim tank. Twelve-year-old Teddy Fitzroy doesn't think that all the facts are adding up, so he begins his own investigation, learning that Henry is actually anything buy fun and lovable. In fact, so many people had a reason to hate Henry that the suspect list keeps growing and growing. But how does a twelve year old get to the bottom of the things when the adults don't believe a word he is saying? I think young readers will love this one...danger, a little bit of romance, and a whole lot of the kid being the one that was right all along. loved it!