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In the latest novel in New York Times bestselling author Stuart Gibbs’s FunJungle series, Teddy Fitzroy returns as FunJungle’s resident sleuth to solve his most improbable mystery yet—with a victim that’s 65 million years old. Teddy was all set for a campout at his friend Sage’s family ranch—but then Sage gets terrible news: The skull of a rare dinosaur that was being excav In the latest novel in New York Times bestselling author Stuart Gibbs’s FunJungle series, Teddy Fitzroy returns as FunJungle’s resident sleuth to solve his most improbable mystery yet—with a victim that’s 65 million years old. Teddy was all set for a campout at his friend Sage’s family ranch—but then Sage gets terrible news: The skull of a rare dinosaur that was being excavated on his property has mysteriously vanished overnight in the middle of a rainstorm, even though it weighed 500 pounds. Not a single footprint has been left behind. Since the dinosaur was top secret, the police don’t believe anyone outside the dig could have stolen it. A T-rex skull can sell for millions of dollars, and everyone is a suspect—including J.J. McCracken, the owner of FunJungle. Meanwhile, Teddy’s old foes, the Barksdale twins, have gotten into trouble with an illegally purchased anaconda, and Teddy’s girlfriend Summer wants to find out who’s behind the local trade in black market reptiles. The two cases will drag Teddy into more danger and chaos than ever before, in this mystery that’s stranger than fiction.


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In the latest novel in New York Times bestselling author Stuart Gibbs’s FunJungle series, Teddy Fitzroy returns as FunJungle’s resident sleuth to solve his most improbable mystery yet—with a victim that’s 65 million years old. Teddy was all set for a campout at his friend Sage’s family ranch—but then Sage gets terrible news: The skull of a rare dinosaur that was being excav In the latest novel in New York Times bestselling author Stuart Gibbs’s FunJungle series, Teddy Fitzroy returns as FunJungle’s resident sleuth to solve his most improbable mystery yet—with a victim that’s 65 million years old. Teddy was all set for a campout at his friend Sage’s family ranch—but then Sage gets terrible news: The skull of a rare dinosaur that was being excavated on his property has mysteriously vanished overnight in the middle of a rainstorm, even though it weighed 500 pounds. Not a single footprint has been left behind. Since the dinosaur was top secret, the police don’t believe anyone outside the dig could have stolen it. A T-rex skull can sell for millions of dollars, and everyone is a suspect—including J.J. McCracken, the owner of FunJungle. Meanwhile, Teddy’s old foes, the Barksdale twins, have gotten into trouble with an illegally purchased anaconda, and Teddy’s girlfriend Summer wants to find out who’s behind the local trade in black market reptiles. The two cases will drag Teddy into more danger and chaos than ever before, in this mystery that’s stranger than fiction.

30 review for Tyrannosaurus Wrecks

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Teddy Fitzroy is surprised when his friend Sage reveals that he found a Tyrannosaurus Rex skull on his ranch. But now that skull has gone missing. It’s large and heavy, so who could have stolen it? And how did they do it? Meanwhile, he’s gotten a call from the Barksdale twins about their new exotic pet. Who is selling these dangerous animals? This book really does have two storylines, and it balances both well. We do get a couple of lectures about endangered animals, but they don’t slow down the Teddy Fitzroy is surprised when his friend Sage reveals that he found a Tyrannosaurus Rex skull on his ranch. But now that skull has gone missing. It’s large and heavy, so who could have stolen it? And how did they do it? Meanwhile, he’s gotten a call from the Barksdale twins about their new exotic pet. Who is selling these dangerous animals? This book really does have two storylines, and it balances both well. We do get a couple of lectures about endangered animals, but they don’t slow down the action for long. And with everything happening, there is plenty of action. When Teddy pieced together the clues, I couldn’t believe I missed them myself. The characters are great as always, and some of the situations Teddy found himself in made me laugh out loud. These books are aimed at middle schoolers, but anyone who enjoys a fun mystery should definitely pick them up. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Reddell

    An excellent, fun-filled, suspicion-laden read by the masterful Stuart Gibbs!! He's one of my favorite young adult/middle-grade, mystery authors. His books are humorous, clean fun even for an old person (me! ;). They're great for a simple, quick read with enjoyable characters. I like Teddy, and I appreciate his candor and intelligence and sense of well-being. :)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ferson (Jefferson)

    This was another one of Stuart Gibbs' fantastic series FunJungle! I loved it! These mysteries never disappoint! I still love all of the characters and animals. I love the message this book brings into the spotlight. It makes me realize some of the awful things that happen to animals all around the world. I have to hand it to Stuart Gibbs, this mystery was the greatest. I have to hand it to myself... because I figured out that (view spoiler)[ the skull was hidden as the rock, but not the whole th This was another one of Stuart Gibbs' fantastic series FunJungle! I loved it! These mysteries never disappoint! I still love all of the characters and animals. I love the message this book brings into the spotlight. It makes me realize some of the awful things that happen to animals all around the world. I have to hand it to Stuart Gibbs, this mystery was the greatest. I have to hand it to myself... because I figured out that (view spoiler)[ the skull was hidden as the rock, but not the whole thing. (hide spoiler)] Highly Recommended!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Dulaney

    Digital ARC provided by both Edelweiss and NetGalley— Stuart Gibbs just keeps on writing middle grades fiction that resounds with my 5th grade library patrons in large numbers and with my stronger 4th grade readers almost as much. Spy School is still my favorite out of his four series, but FunJungle never fails to entertain both me and my students. Teddy never wants to get involved in the animal related mishaps that seem to befall the FunJungle zoo/amusement park in an alarmingly frequent way, bu Digital ARC provided by both Edelweiss and NetGalley— Stuart Gibbs just keeps on writing middle grades fiction that resounds with my 5th grade library patrons in large numbers and with my stronger 4th grade readers almost as much. Spy School is still my favorite out of his four series, but FunJungle never fails to entertain both me and my students. Teddy never wants to get involved in the animal related mishaps that seem to befall the FunJungle zoo/amusement park in an alarmingly frequent way, but his daughter of the owner/rich/beautiful girlfriend seems to be able to convince him to investigate the catastrophes every time. In Tyrannosaurus Wrecks, there are two serious problems happening simultaneously: a huge Tyrannosaurus skull has gone missing from his friend's ranch turned archeological dig site and the illegal sale of exotic mammals and reptiles is on the rise in their area. Teddy and Summer are great characters who both exhibit intelligence, curiosity, determination, and yet also seem like two kids that could be in any middle school classroom. Supporting characters like Jim and Tim, the completely ignorant bullies who need Teddy's help in this installment should make readers laugh often at their stupid, and frequently dangerous, decisions. Marge the over-weight and over-wrought security guard is also back for a few funny moments, too. A strong plus for Gibbs' books is his keen ability to describe settings and action sequences in a vivid way using vocabulary that is rich and filled with words both familiar and more challenging. In reviews of other Gibbs books, I have noted that occasionally he uses high level words without enough contextual clues to determine meaning, but I did not find that to be true at all in Tyrannosaurus...although the word "bespoke" did come up again. I guess after using it in at least 3 of his books, his fans should probably know what that means by now. I do. Tyrannosaurus Wrecks is highly recommended for readers of realistic fiction that pushes the envelope of "realistic" and action/adventure mysteries in grades 4-7ish. While many 8th graders may feel like they have outgrown his novels, his faithful fans even in those higher grades will want to read this one. As always, Mr. Gibbs keeps his books free of profanity and sexual content. The violence in them is of the car chase/crash and broken furnishings kind. Final note: I am truly curious about whether Buc-ees of Texas is happy to be spoofed in this one or if they are put off by the not always positive stereotyping of its "gas-tinations." (That's my husband's word for the world's biggest gas stations and their tendency to be a destination in and of themselves.)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    This was actually a really strong FunJungle showing for a JF series that I really enjoy sharing with my kiddos (6th grade avid reader has been reading for years, just starting to hook 9yo lover of animals and graphic novels, working to get her into as many chapter books as graphic novels). I was on the fence between a 3 and 4 star rating, and I initially downgraded because Gibbs refers to Sue, the ACTUALLY biggest, most complete T-Rex every unearthed, as being discovered in Wyoming. Um, as a nat This was actually a really strong FunJungle showing for a JF series that I really enjoy sharing with my kiddos (6th grade avid reader has been reading for years, just starting to hook 9yo lover of animals and graphic novels, working to get her into as many chapter books as graphic novels). I was on the fence between a 3 and 4 star rating, and I initially downgraded because Gibbs refers to Sue, the ACTUALLY biggest, most complete T-Rex every unearthed, as being discovered in Wyoming. Um, as a native South Dakotan, I take serious issue with this (I'm kidding, but only a little bit). Sue was discovered on the Cheyenne RIVER Indian Reservation, in North Central South Dakota. NOT in WY (Cheyenne is a major city, they're not excavating much for dinosaurs) or the Northern Cheyenne reservation in MT. If you're curious about Sue, she can be seen on permanent display in the Field Museum in Chicago. (She used to be in the main lobby, but has been supplanted by their megalodon and now has a permanent display elsewhere in the museum (as of the summer of 2018, if I'm remembering correctly). After a brief but pleasant exchange with the author, I amend my initial cranky-pants stance to a full four stars. So, aside from my treatise on Sue the T-Rex (I'm kind of a nerdy fangirl. I have a Sue shirt, that I wear in all of my nerdy Sue glory), it was a solid story, that, in true Gibbs fashion, seeks to teach and inform while entertaining with great age-appropriate suspense and adventure. Getting myself on a dinosaur dig (as a volunteer, not a thief and trafficker!) is moved up on the bucket list!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sam Kuntz

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Tyrannosaurus Wrecks follows Teddy Fitzroy as he attempts to solve two crimes. Teddy lives in a place called FunJungle. FunJungle is a amusement park / zoo. It is owned by J.J. McCracken, a rich businessman. The book starts with Teddy and his friend Xavier catching a internet sensation (and criminal) called the Zebra Spanker. The Zebra Spanker had been breaking into zoos around this United States and spanking their zebras. After all that has occured, his other friend, Sage, tells him about a T-Re Tyrannosaurus Wrecks follows Teddy Fitzroy as he attempts to solve two crimes. Teddy lives in a place called FunJungle. FunJungle is a amusement park / zoo. It is owned by J.J. McCracken, a rich businessman. The book starts with Teddy and his friend Xavier catching a internet sensation (and criminal) called the Zebra Spanker. The Zebra Spanker had been breaking into zoos around this United States and spanking their zebras. After all that has occured, his other friend, Sage, tells him about a T-Rex skeleton that had been found on his parents ranch. The T-Rex skeleton had been stolen, and because Teddy had solved lots of mysteries before this takes place, Sage goes to him for help. The other crime is a suspicious illegal pet store that has been selling dangerous pets to people around Teddy's hometown. The problem with this mystery is not that they don't know who is doing the selling, its how to bust the criminal. One thing I like about the FunJungle mysteries, is that they are always difficult to solve. I usually can figure out the mysteries within the first few chapters of mystery books. Another thing I enjoy, is that they always are written to bring attention to certain problems in the animal world. The one thing I didn't like about this story is that it seemed a little less believable than the rest of the mysteries. It just does not make sense that the fake professor would pay out a receptionist just for the small chance that she would get access to a dig site where she could maybe steal some bones that may be expensive. I also like that these books always have an additional mystery that you can follow along with the actual story. In this one it was the illegal animal dealing business (which I kind of assumed from the beginning that it was Snakes Alive.) One last thing I want to do before I end this review, is make a guess as to what the next book in this series will be. I believe that either Summer and Teddy will have a large fight and work against each other to solve a crime, or Teddy (or Summer) will be strongly suspected to be the criminal. The only reason I guess this is because this type of series usually goes in that sort of direction after a few books. I do strongly recommend this book to anybody that enjoys fun and sort of educational mysteries. -Sam Kuntz

  7. 4 out of 5

    Roaringwave9

    An enjoyable read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ellyn

    Stuart Gibbs never fails to deliver!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    “All the trouble with the tyrannosaur started the same day Xavier Gonzalez and I helped apprehend the Zebra Spanker.” Teddy is determined not to get mixed up in any more dangerous investigations. But his best friend, Sage, needs his help. It seems they have found the bones of a Tyrannosaurus on Sage’s family farm. But someone has stolen the skull. How can anyone steal something that weighs 500 tons? The police seem to think it’s not worth investigating, but Sage implores Teddy to get involved. Th “All the trouble with the tyrannosaur started the same day Xavier Gonzalez and I helped apprehend the Zebra Spanker.” Teddy is determined not to get mixed up in any more dangerous investigations. But his best friend, Sage, needs his help. It seems they have found the bones of a Tyrannosaurus on Sage’s family farm. But someone has stolen the skull. How can anyone steal something that weighs 500 tons? The police seem to think it’s not worth investigating, but Sage implores Teddy to get involved. The money from the dinosaur bones could save Sage’s family’s ranch. How can Teddy refuse? At the same time, Teddy gets multiple phone calls from Tim and Jim Barksdale, the two meanest and dumbest bullies at school. It seems their anaconda has just eaten their cat and they are hoping Teddy can tell them how to get the cat back. Really? What are these two doing with a 15-foot anaconda? Before he knows it, Teddy is not only up to his eyeballs in suspected fossil thieves but also in the illegal reptile business. Just another day for Teddy Fitzroy. As Summer says “There’s never a dull moment with you, is there?” Move over Indiana Jones! Here comes Teddy Fitzroy! This book is a nonstop action adventure with plenty of humor that will keep students turning pages until the very end.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Karen Arendt

    Teddy has done it again! Or should I say Stuart Gibbs, author? Tyrannosaurus Wrecks is fast paced, funny, smart, and just plain fun! Teddy has happens onto a new mystery about a missing T-rex skull found on a friend’s farm. And while he does not want to get involved, he chooses to help his friend, Sage, so his family does not lose their cattle ranch. Suspects are plentiful. There is also the side story of the exotic illegally trafficked animals being sold that Teddy’s girlfriend, Summer, helps t Teddy has done it again! Or should I say Stuart Gibbs, author? Tyrannosaurus Wrecks is fast paced, funny, smart, and just plain fun! Teddy has happens onto a new mystery about a missing T-rex skull found on a friend’s farm. And while he does not want to get involved, he chooses to help his friend, Sage, so his family does not lose their cattle ranch. Suspects are plentiful. There is also the side story of the exotic illegally trafficked animals being sold that Teddy’s girlfriend, Summer, helps to solve. This is an excellent addition to the Fun Jungle series. I look forward to sharing it with my students when it is released.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amelie

    It was amazing just like all of Stuart Gibbs’ books are!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Thompson McLeod

    An exciting mystery for middle grade/young adult readers who crave solving a case(s) that is/are tangled and full of suspicion. Stuart Gibbs is the master of entertaining stories and a cast of characters that are engaging and smart. When Sage invites Teddy to his family's ranch, no one suspects trouble. Somehow someone stole a 500lb. dinosaur skull worth millions in the middle of a rainstorm without leaving any clues! Sage's family was hoping/counting on the dig to help them save their cattle ra An exciting mystery for middle grade/young adult readers who crave solving a case(s) that is/are tangled and full of suspicion. Stuart Gibbs is the master of entertaining stories and a cast of characters that are engaging and smart. When Sage invites Teddy to his family's ranch, no one suspects trouble. Somehow someone stole a 500lb. dinosaur skull worth millions in the middle of a rainstorm without leaving any clues! Sage's family was hoping/counting on the dig to help them save their cattle ranch. Teddy reluctantly agrees to help solve the mystery. Meanwhile his old frenemies, the Barksdale twins contact Teddy. Their cat was swallowed by an anaconda and they want to know how to get their cat back. Teddy's famous girlfriend Summer wants to help solve the T-rex case, but also wants to stay out of the public eye. Readers learn about smuggling and illegal trafficking of exotic pets, but this does not hurt the story. In fact, the two cases will keep readers guessing and Teddy is in more danger than ever before. This is books 6 in the Funjungle series, but readers do not have to read the books in order, but really, why wouldn't they want to read them all? Highly recommended grade 5 and up and anyone who loves mysteries.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sukey C

    Just like the FunJungle series that I've read, it's adventurous. Again, Teddy agrees( more like half), but instead putting him in danger once again. Including all types of joy, awareness, feeling worried for Teddy, even feeling surprised when Teddy found out who stole the scull, even though it was not obvious. I enjoyed the book very much!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Emma Bozarth

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. While I thought that the idea and plot of the book were well done, I was disappointed that the crime had not been committed at funjungle itself, but at another place entirely. I didn't like the fact of how Vance Jessup (sorry if I misspelled his name) just pops up, and I personally think he could have also been left out of the book altogether. I also thought that some characters were toned down (Marge for example),while others were almost like main characters, like TimJim. I did love the idea wi While I thought that the idea and plot of the book were well done, I was disappointed that the crime had not been committed at funjungle itself, but at another place entirely. I didn't like the fact of how Vance Jessup (sorry if I misspelled his name) just pops up, and I personally think he could have also been left out of the book altogether. I also thought that some characters were toned down (Marge for example),while others were almost like main characters, like TimJim. I did love the idea with the dinosaur skull being stolen, but again, I thought that the focus should have been more on Funjungle. In comparison to the other books in the series, this one was a little bit below of what I had expected, but still enjoyable.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ethan

    I think it’s a really really wild wild book 📖 . I love fun-jungle

  16. 4 out of 5

    Phoenix (Books with Wings)

    Another middle grade novel whose series I started when I read middle grade books I think that the funjungle books are better than the spy school series now. Huh weird.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Teddy and his friends are on high alert when a zebra spanker is making the rounds of zoo across the nation, slapping unsuspecting animals and then posting videos of their exploits. Of course, they manage to take care of this threat quickly, but there is another one: a dinosaur skull has been found on Sage's family farm, and they hope to sell it in order to keep the farm running. When the skull goes missing, Teddy and Summer are called in to help, even though Summer's f E ARC provided by Edelweiss Teddy and his friends are on high alert when a zebra spanker is making the rounds of zoo across the nation, slapping unsuspecting animals and then posting videos of their exploits. Of course, they manage to take care of this threat quickly, but there is another one: a dinosaur skull has been found on Sage's family farm, and they hope to sell it in order to keep the farm running. When the skull goes missing, Teddy and Summer are called in to help, even though Summer's father is a suspect. We get to see the landscape of Texas outside of FunJungle, and meet some interesting new characters as the children figure out how such an enormous artifact could be moved. Strengths: Like all of Gibbs' work, this starts out strong and continues with so many wonderful and funny turns of phrase. I really enjoy how he has funny things but also makes a strong environmental and animal rights statement-- copycat zebra spankers end up getting injured, but not gravely so. And honestly, I've spent the last couple of days saying "zebra spanker" to myself and giggling! Even Marge makes an appearance, and her treatment has improved since the first book. The mystery is well developed, the new characters odd but not overly quirky, and Teddy's involvement with the law is realistic. Weaknesses: My students are HUGE fans of Gibbs' work, so when I mentioned I had read this there was quite a conversation with some students. One of them said "I love the books, but I really think Teddy has become a flat character. There's really nothing new we learn about him, and he doesn't really grow." Wow. Sometimes students DO listen in class. I love the books as well, but agree that Teddy, and his relationship with Summer, isn't really changing much. What I really think: Definitely purchasing, and there will be many reserves. I had to purchase additional copies of the first books in all of Gibbs' series to keep up with the demand created by readers recommending the books to their friends!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Perfect! I love this series and this new installment was so fun.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Leigh

    I received this ARC from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book seems to me a little like what might happen if you crossed Carl Hiassen's middle grade books about conservation, and animal protection with John Grisham's Theodore Boone. In this story, Teddy gets roped into two separate situations that seem to be involving criminal activity, neither of which are getting the attention they need from the appropriate law enforcement agencies. First, Teddy's friend h I received this ARC from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book seems to me a little like what might happen if you crossed Carl Hiassen's middle grade books about conservation, and animal protection with John Grisham's Theodore Boone. In this story, Teddy gets roped into two separate situations that seem to be involving criminal activity, neither of which are getting the attention they need from the appropriate law enforcement agencies. First, Teddy's friend has found a Tyrannosaurus on his family's ranch, and just as the family feels it could be the answer to their prayers to save the 12,000 acre ranch, the 500+ pound skull goes missing from the dig site. Meanwhile two local ne'er-do-well brothers seem to be mixed up in an illegal reptile smuggling ring. The boys call Teddy looking for help wrangling their Anaconda who has eaten their cat. Though this story fell a little flat for me, it will undoubtedly be one kids really enjoy. The story moves quickly and for kids who like animals (dinosaur and otherwise), they'll find lots of interesting info in the book as well.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    Tyrannosaurus Wrecks (funjungle #6) by Stuart Gibbs, 321 pages. Simon & Schuster, 2020. $18. Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (some mild danger) BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS - ESSENTIAL AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH As if solving mysteries involving live animals isn’t dangerous enough, Teddy’s latest mystery involves a missing dinosaur skull. The skull was unearthed on the ranch of his friend Sage, but during a violent rainstorm one night the skull disappeared. As a favor to his fri Tyrannosaurus Wrecks (funjungle #6) by Stuart Gibbs, 321 pages. Simon & Schuster, 2020. $18. Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (some mild danger) BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS - ESSENTIAL AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH As if solving mysteries involving live animals isn’t dangerous enough, Teddy’s latest mystery involves a missing dinosaur skull. The skull was unearthed on the ranch of his friend Sage, but during a violent rainstorm one night the skull disappeared. As a favor to his friend, Teddy gets involved. Not only that, but the Barksdale brothers contact Teddy for help with their (illegal) anaconda has eaten their mother’s cat. Now Teddy has to also track investigate a exotic retile smuggling ring. With his trademark aplomb, Teddy and his extended circle will again need to show local law enforcement - and the crooks - to take them seriously. I think the climactic scene in this book is my favorite of any Stuart Gibbs book – and Gibbs is a master at hijinks! Gibbs fans will have a field day with this. Cindy, Library Teacher, MLS https://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2020...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    I was able to read a free advanced copy via Edelweiss. So much fun! I mean he has the location down spot on (I live in San Antonio). The description of the heat around here is just ... understated, if anything. I learned way more than I ever wanted to know about the underground reptile industry. I refuse to ever visit the snake farm that is actually here. Driven by it lots of times but never ever ever going in. I have heard of fossil hunting out in the Hill Country. Remember the heat, though? How I was able to read a free advanced copy via Edelweiss. So much fun! I mean he has the location down spot on (I live in San Antonio). The description of the heat around here is just ... understated, if anything. I learned way more than I ever wanted to know about the underground reptile industry. I refuse to ever visit the snake farm that is actually here. Driven by it lots of times but never ever ever going in. I have heard of fossil hunting out in the Hill Country. Remember the heat, though? How cool would that be to really find one.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Yapha

    Another fantastic entry into the FunJungle series! This one has information about the illegal exotic animal trade as well as illegal fossil poachers, all wrapped up in a high-stakes mystery and adventure. Highly recommended for grades 4 & up. Better to read the series in order. eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss Another fantastic entry into the FunJungle series! This one has information about the illegal exotic animal trade as well as illegal fossil poachers, all wrapped up in a high-stakes mystery and adventure. Highly recommended for grades 4 & up. Better to read the series in order. eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dahlia Quijano

    My favorite part was when Teddy was camping at Sages' house with Ethan, Sage, and Dashiell where he found some suspicious stuff Ethan put into the fire like a thick piece of rope and a huge piece of wood with a hole going through the middle.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This series is amazing! It is so imaginative and sucks you into the story. As a bonus, I have learned a lot from each book about the animals involved and conservation of wild life with every book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Becky B

    Teddy gets swept up in two new investigations by his friends and acquaintances. First, his friend Sage begs him to come help investigate a missing T-rex skull. It turns out Sage found the dinosaur skeleton by accident during a recent trip to the stream on his family's ranch. A team from the university has come up with a renowned paleontologist to unearth the dino they've dubbed Minerva. It was supposed to be super hush hush, but someone found out about it obviously since last night the skull dis Teddy gets swept up in two new investigations by his friends and acquaintances. First, his friend Sage begs him to come help investigate a missing T-rex skull. It turns out Sage found the dinosaur skeleton by accident during a recent trip to the stream on his family's ranch. A team from the university has come up with a renowned paleontologist to unearth the dino they've dubbed Minerva. It was supposed to be super hush hush, but someone found out about it obviously since last night the skull disappeared. The weirdest thing is that there aren't any footprints at the site, the location is miles from the nearest road, the skull weighed over 500lbs, and it rained pretty heavily as the crew was leaving last night. It's got the police and Teddy stumped. While at the dig site, Teddy gets a call from the Barksdale twins about their new pet anaconda and their cat. Teddy starts asking where in the world the twins acquired a 15 ft anaconda from and discovers that someone is operating an illegal exotic pet market right in town. Can Teddy juggle a lost dino skull and an illegal pet smuggling case at the same time? This was my favorite FunJungle in quite a while. I loved it because Teddy's parents both got involved in solving the dino case with him. It was quite a puzzling scenario (though I quickly figured out where the skull was...just not how it got there or by who for a while). Summer and her friend Violet also jump in to help quite a bit with the exotic pet smuggling case. And it was nice to see Teddy have some compassion on the Barksdale twins even if they have been a thorn in his side in the past. You get to see more of their home life, and it is pretty heart breaking. That case also brings to light for kids a very real issue that they can help spread awareness about and be part of the solution. Highly recommended to mystery fans. Notes on content: No language issues. Just a few little pecks on a cheek. Some sprained ankles, one minor puncture wound, and a concussion, plus an animal bite, but no gory injuries.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    Bias alert: I collect every Stuart Gibbs book in hardcover. They are prominently housed in the bookcase of my front room, which means that his titles are a literal part of my decor. When I start a book written by him, I expect to love it - and I was not disappointed as Tyrannosaurus Wrecks came to a close. I only have one warning: do not read any place a random guffaw isn't welcome! I just came off a more serious book, and have been neck-deep in serious news these days, so I was ready for somethi Bias alert: I collect every Stuart Gibbs book in hardcover. They are prominently housed in the bookcase of my front room, which means that his titles are a literal part of my decor. When I start a book written by him, I expect to love it - and I was not disappointed as Tyrannosaurus Wrecks came to a close. I only have one warning: do not read any place a random guffaw isn't welcome! I just came off a more serious book, and have been neck-deep in serious news these days, so I was ready for something with humor, action, and characters I've come to love: the ultimate stay-cation. If you know a middle-grade reader who loves mysteries - suggest this book. If you know a middle-grade reader who loves humor - absolutely introduce them to this author. If you know a middle-grade reader who cares about animals - don't let them miss this selection - or any part of the funjungle series! And action? Oh. There is plenty of that to please even the most reluctant of readers. The Lexile measure of this gem is 830. The guided reading level is W. And if I haven't stirred interest yet, let me disclose that I may have actually guffawed on page 43 when I discovered that the Barksdale twins named their fifteen-foot anaconda Julius Squeezer. Which isn't even the most humorous part of that whole scene... Tyrannosaurus Wrecks

  27. 5 out of 5

    JennE

    Fans of the Fun Jungle series will enjoy this sixth book in the series. Thanks to Netgalley for a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review. Teddy Fitzroy, a 6th grader that lives in Fun Jungle employee housing along with his mother,  a famous primatologist, and father, a staff photographer who both work at the zoo park. The story begins with Teddy and his two friends capturing the masked Zebra Spanker at Fun Jungle. The Zebra Spanker, a YouTube sensation, has posted viral videos of him enteri Fans of the Fun Jungle series will enjoy this sixth book in the series. Thanks to Netgalley for a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review. Teddy Fitzroy, a 6th grader that lives in Fun Jungle employee housing along with his mother,  a famous primatologist, and father, a staff photographer who both work at the zoo park. The story begins with Teddy and his two friends capturing the masked Zebra Spanker at Fun Jungle. The Zebra Spanker, a YouTube sensation, has posted viral videos of him entering thirteen other exhibits while an accomplice filmed him as he smacks zebras on their rear ends. As Sage videos the Zebra Spanker sitting in the otter exhibit with a smoothie on his face,  his mother calls with some bad news. The skull of a rare dinosaur that was being excavated on Sage's family's ranch has mysteriously vanished overnight in the middle of a rainstorm. even though it weighed 500 pounds. Not even a  footprint has been left behind. Since the dinosaur was top secret, the police don’t believe anyone outside the dig could have stolen it. Sage's family was planning on selling the skull and using the profit to keep their ranch running. Not just an enjoyable mystery, the reader will learn about wildlife conservation as once again, Teddy solves the mystery along with dealing with Illegal anacondas, black-market reptiles.

  28. 5 out of 5

    mandyfujita

    "Tyrannosaurus Wrecks" is the 6th book in the FunJungle series. The star is a 13 year old boy, Theodore Fitzroy. His mother is a primate specialist at FunJungle and his father is a photographer who also works at the park and takes assignments with National Geographic. Teddy is no stranger to solving mysteries involving animals in the park and out of the park. His friend, Sage, discovers a Tyrannosaurus Rex skull on his parents ranch and has the University of Texas excavating it. Someone steals th "Tyrannosaurus Wrecks" is the 6th book in the FunJungle series. The star is a 13 year old boy, Theodore Fitzroy. His mother is a primate specialist at FunJungle and his father is a photographer who also works at the park and takes assignments with National Geographic. Teddy is no stranger to solving mysteries involving animals in the park and out of the park. His friend, Sage, discovers a Tyrannosaurus Rex skull on his parents ranch and has the University of Texas excavating it. Someone steals the skull and Sage asks Teddy to help find it. The police don't believe that there was a crime. This was the first time the story took place somewhere other than FunJungle. Sage lives on a cattle ranch which has been in their family for generations. With the sale of the skull it could safe the ranch. I really enjoyed the adventures Teddy and his girlfriend, Summer got involved in. One of the best story Stuart Gibbs has written so far. I throughly enjoyed it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cherie

    Like many people, I was fascinated by dinosaurs when I was a kid. As I got older and stopped playing with toys, books filled the void, especially mysteries. Dinosaur mystery = perfect combination. This is the sixth book in the Fun Jungle/Teddy Fitzroy series. The remains of a T-Rex were found on the ranch of one of Teddy’s friends. A team has been brought in to excavate the site -- until one night when the skull disappears. A subplot provides some comic relief. Teddy is a likable character as ar Like many people, I was fascinated by dinosaurs when I was a kid. As I got older and stopped playing with toys, books filled the void, especially mysteries. Dinosaur mystery = perfect combination. This is the sixth book in the Fun Jungle/Teddy Fitzroy series. The remains of a T-Rex were found on the ranch of one of Teddy’s friends. A team has been brought in to excavate the site -- until one night when the skull disappears. A subplot provides some comic relief. Teddy is a likable character as are his friends and his girlfriend The reading level of the book is accessible for upper elementary kids. I believe it also works for middle school kids because the characters are given a lot of independence.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    I really enjoyed this story. I liked that there were 2 main characters - Sunny and Teddy - a boy and a girl. That helps make the book appealing to all children. This is a mystery about dinosaurs - a favorite topic of many children. I liked how the author used the book to make the readers more aware of animal treatment in general and also why people shouldn't have dangerous animal as pets. There were 2 mysteries to solve that were intertwined - who stole Minerva and how were the boys getting the I really enjoyed this story. I liked that there were 2 main characters - Sunny and Teddy - a boy and a girl. That helps make the book appealing to all children. This is a mystery about dinosaurs - a favorite topic of many children. I liked how the author used the book to make the readers more aware of animal treatment in general and also why people shouldn't have dangerous animal as pets. There were 2 mysteries to solve that were intertwined - who stole Minerva and how were the boys getting the dangerous exotic pets. I think it was a great read with a good balance of dinosaur facts, mysteries to solve and action to keep the reader engaged. I will be happy to buy this book for my library and recommend it to students. Thank you Net Gallery for giving me a digital copy of this book.

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