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The Midnight Zoo: The Midnight Zoo

A guide for students studying Sonya Hartnett's novel 'The Midnight Zoo'

The Midnight Zoo

 Midnight zoo

The novel, The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett can be found in the Resource Centre in the fiction shelves at HART.

The Midnight Zoo won the CBCA Children's Book of the Year Award for Older Readers in 2011. It was also shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2012.

Historical Context


Access background information and information on the historical context of the novel to enhance your understanding,




'The Midnight Zoo' is a fable with a different kind of message about mankind: "You persecute the creatures that you fear, yet the species you fear most is your own".

Explore Aesop's fables to understand better why 'The Midnight Zoo' has been called a fable.

A selection of Aesop fables from the Library of Congress. Complete fables with animated illustration.

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Sonya Hartnett - Life Matters Interview

 Sonya Hartnett

Sonya Harnett is one of Australia's most acclaimed writers. Her books include The Silver Donkey, Ghost's Child, and Surrender. She won the 2008 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world's largest children's literature prize, given each year in memory of the Swedish author or the Pippi Longstocking books. The judges said, 'With psychological depth and a concealed, yet palpable anger, she depicts the circumstances of young people without avoiding the darker sides of life.' Her new book The Midnight Zoo continues in this spirit.

This interview with Sonya Hartnett explores the rich themes in The Midnight Zoo.



zoo cage

Zoos are they good or bad for the animals? Do zoos play a role in conservation? Is it cruel to cage animals?

Explore these websites as you explore these themes that come up in The Midnight Zoo.

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