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The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise



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Author
Stuart, Julia
Descriptors
Animals
Bereavement
Eccentricity
History
Marital Conflict
Zoos
Location/Setting:
London
Time Period:
21st Century
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Summary
Balthazar Jones is a Beefeater who lives in the Tower of London and gives daily tours about its tragic history. His wife, Hebe, works at the London Underground’s Office of Lost Property. Suffering from the death of their young son, they are drifting apart. When the Queen asks Balthazar to become the caretaker of a menagerie of animals that she’s received as gifts over the years, he begins to heal and when Hebe reunites a lost urn with its owner, she begins to find her way as well.
Critique
Quirky side characters, animal antics, and historical ghosts add a lightheartedness to this thoughtful gentle read.
ISBN
9780385533287
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# of Pages
304
Published
2010
Formats
Reviewer's Initials: DO


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