Synopses & Reviews
Christina lives in a big, old stone mansion on the edge of a dark forest surrounded by barbed wire. Deep within the forest is the laboratory where her father works—and where her mother was blown to bits years ago. Christinas father knows just how dangerous the world can be, so he keeps her safe at home, forbidding her from talking to the very interesting orphans down the road. But when an orphan boy named Taft talks to her, shes thrilled to help him search for a secret tunnel. But soon she discovers theres more to the orphanage, the lab, and the mystery of her mothers accident than she ever suspected. Sinister things are in the works—and the secret of zoom is the most dangerous secret of all!
“This exciting tale, with just a touch of fantasy and humor, is a winner. . . . Jonell displays pitch-perfect skills in an expertly crafted story that never flags and that includes plenty of heart-stopping situations to keep readers fully engaged.”—School Library Journal, Starred Review “Plenty of quirky imagination, off-kilter energy, and looping thrills.”—Booklist “Eccentric and entertaining.”—Kirkus Reviews “Jonell takes readers into the secretive and strange world of young Christina Adnoid. . . . The heroic antics of Christina and Taft and the imaginative details Jonell includes make this an adventure worth embarking on.”—Publishers Weekly
A mystery involving strange explosions, hidden tunnels, and . . . singing orphans?
About the Author
Lynne Jonell is the author of the novels Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat and Emmy and the Home for Troubled Girls, as well as several critically acclaimed picture books. Her books have been named Junior Library Guild Selections and a Smithsonian Notable Book, among numerous other honors. Born in Little Falls, Minnesota, Jonell grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis. She now teaches writing at the Loft Literary Center and lives with her husband and two sons in Plymouth, Minnesota, in a house on a hill.