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  • The Secret of Animalville
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    October 4, 2015
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Richard Mueller is author of Jernigan's Egg, Time Machine 24, and Ghostbusters: The Supernatural Spectacular. He has also written scripts for Milo's Great Adventure, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Motorcop, X-Men, Land of the Lost, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, and Married with Children. He lives ...

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Who are the Zoonauts?

The Zoonauts of Animalville, created by David Simons are based on some famous zoo animals and other animals that went into space with the international space programs. These Zoonauts have extrordinary talents and powers. Their travels take them to different continents and cultures.

Readers will be entertained and educated by the exciting adventures of the Zoonauts, which include NASA's Chimpanzee "Ham", and the Australian Koala "Cough Drop" of the San Diego Zoo, "Patty Cake" the Gorilla of the Central Park and Bronx Zoos, the famous Pandas "Hsing-Hsing" and "Ling-Ling" of the National Zoo, and the Russian space dog, "Laika".

Fishwick and Kornblend are Amadorian dragon-like scout pilots on an assigned mission in search of Zoonauts whom they hope to capture and bring back to Amador.

The Amadorians provide comic relief in this high flying, science fiction adventure where good triumphs over evil.

The story of the Zoonauts is a great addition to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs to stimulate creativity.

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Richard Mueller

Zoonauts was the original concept of David Simons and written by Richard Mueller. Mueller is also author of Jernigan’s Egg, Time Machine 24, and Ghostbusters: The Supernatural Spectacular. He has written scripts for Dogfights, Legend of the Dragon, Matrimony con hijos, Kong the Animated Series, Stargate: Infinity, Milo’s Great Adventure, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Robocop: Alpha Commando, Roswell Conspiracies: Aliens, Myths and Legends, Ghostbusters, Captain Simian & The Space Monkeys, Wing Commander Academy, Hypernauts, X-Men, Exosquad, Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Conan: The Adventurer, Land of the Lost, Batman: The Animated Series, Super Dave: Daredevil for Hire, The Real Ghostbusters, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Tiny Toon Adventures, Married with Children, Police Academy: The Series, C.O.P.S., Starcom: The U.S. Space Force, Dinosaucers, Spiral Zone, Adventures of the Gummi Bears. He lives in Los Angeles.

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"A middle grade science fiction fantasy novel, the first in a planned series...a creative teaching tool...intelligent, fun, worldbuilding!"

“Mueller's novel imaginatively weaves true historical events, mostly related to space travel...creating a secret history linking well-known animals such as the Russian Cosmonaut Dog Laika with the National Zoo Pandas Hsing-Hsing and Ling-Ling..."

- Kirkus Book Review, Zoonauts: The Secret of Animalville ​

"Each of these animals has been enhanced by a mysterious yellow light from alien origin. The light heightened the animal’s intelligence beyond the humans of earth, but the aliens forgot one thing: with intelligence comes understanding.”

"The story itself is a unique idea...even though the target audience is children, there's definitely some laughs to be had by adults as well. Everything about this story is good for the family, especially the message of equality and peace before war...the animal characters are great”

"The multiple lessons are evident but not overt, and are well delivered, incorporated into the storyline perfectly. As a parent, I definitely think this show would be great for children."

​- Roland L. Hennesay for Reader Views, Zoonauts: The Secret of Animalville

" First in a series intended for young adults ages 8-13, Zoonauts: The Secret of Animalville - Far Beyond the Wild is a fantastic adventure about super-empowered animals, each based on the real-life animals who pioneered the international space program. Together, the Zoonauts travel to different cultures and continents, all the while fighting to protect humanity from an alien invasion, led by the dragon-like Scout Pilots Kornblend and Fishwick. Upbeat and exciting, Zoonauts seamlessly weaves educational material into the adventure, subtly encouraging young readers to learn more about science, technology, engineering, and math. Highly recommended!”

- Children's Bookwatch: James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Zoonauts: The Secret of Animalville