Danger at the Zoo

by Kathleen Ernst
Series: American Girl Mysteries #
181 pages, Mystery
Reviewed by Ariel_of_Narnia

A so-so mystery made more interesting via Kit's reporter instincts.


Kit Kittredge is excited about the newspaper assignments she will be getting over the summer, not to mention the money she'll earn per story. Her choice to write an article on the Cincinnati Zoo will gives her a chance to figure out why her hobo friend, Will, is getting blamed for unlocking doors there.


Kit is more than eager to help, whether it be at home or at the zoo. She owns up to her mistakes and makes the most of a second chance. The Kittredge family is kind, polite, and forgiving. Will is a hard worker. Those responsible for the curious events at the zoo, however, are justified too easily.

Spiritual Content

A woman quotes the saying, "Idle hands are the devil's workshop." Kit pinches a couple of her stories for luck.


A brief and non-serious tussle takes place; Kit and her friend Stirling tackle a couple people, Kit and Will are grabbed, and we find out that a man was knocked out.

Drug and Alcohol Content


Sexual Content


Crude or Profane Language or Content

"Gosh" is uttered four times.


The "danger" implied from the title is rather exaggerated. Otherwise, a fine tale of a girl who wishes to help as many people as she can.

Fun Score: 3.5
Values Score: 4.5
Written for Age: 8-10

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