The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise, OH MY!

The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise by Julia Stuart is proving to be the little engine that could! Fresh off of hitting the New York Times bestseller list, this charming and whimsical novel is winning over critics, booksellers, and readers alike!

People Magazine, on stands now, gives TZT (as we so affectionately call it) 4 out of 4 stars, raving:

“The Tower of London’s the center of this hilarious love story about Beefeater Balthazar, his wife, their tortoise and their eccentric friends. As Balthazar struggles to save his marriage, the rest of the
cast carries on in a charming tangle, and when Balthazar is put in charge of a Tower zoo, hilarity breaks out. Sprinkled with fascinating Tower lore, the book will steal your heart.”

Entertainment Weekly grades it a solid A saying, “History buffs, animal lovers, and simply the tenderhearted will swoon over this captivating story.”

The Washington Post agrees saying TZT is “A delightfully zany and touching novel…with deft and charming style, Stuart brings this comic story to a satisfying and heart-warming end.”

USA Today featured TZT on the cover of their LIFE section! Check out comments by both author Julia Stuart and the book’s editor Alison Callahan in the article here.

President Obama and the first family even received a copy of the book to read on vacation this week in Martha’s Vineyard. Check out the article in the Boston Herald.

Book clubs are also wild for the book—continuously ranking TZT as one of their best summer reads. Scope out reader reviews on:

What do you think? Read an excerpt, cast of characters, and discussion questions here and let us know!