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Zazoo may be Vietnamese by birth but she has been raised French, and this is how she thinks of herself. Orphaned when she was very young, Zazoo has spent 12 of her 14 years living in a sleepy little village in France with her adoptive grandfather, Grand-Pierre. Zazoo and Grand-Pierre share many things and two great loves: poetry and sailing on the canal where they share duties as lock-keepers.  

Early one October morning, while taking a swim, Zazoo meets Marius, an elusive bicyclist who asks questions about local pharmacist Monsieur Klein. Because Marius cannot stay for very long, Zazoo agrees to find out the answer for him. Zazoo starts to investigate Monsieur Klein, and along the way, many other questions arise. What did Grand-Pierre do during World War II? Why do the villagers treat him with respect mixed with fear? And what are the mysteries of Zazoo's own origins? Before the end of the book, Zazoo learns more about her adoptive grandfather and their little village than anyone ever would have guessed.

Sometimes the best books are the ones with slow pace storylines. This is the case with ZAZOO by Richard Mosher. Told through the eyes of its title character, Zazoo is a sweet, quiet story about war, love, and how time really can heal all things.

Reviewed by Kat on October 15, 2001

by Richard Mosher

  • Publication Date: October 15, 2001
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books
  • ISBN-10: 0618135340
  • ISBN-13: 9780618135349