Something is amiss at the Menagerie. The goose who laid the golden eggs has been murdered, and all the evidence points to a dragon named Scratch. Zoe Kahn is no stranger to the difficulties of caring for magical creatures, but even feeding deadly basilisks didn't prepare her for this crisis. Zoe and her classmate Logan are sure the dragon is being framed, but unless they can prove he is innocent, Scratch will be executed. Worse yet, the Menagerie will be shut down-- which Logan and Zoe are starting to fear is exactly what someone wants...
"Don't worry," Logan said to Zoe. "I'm sure Scratch had nothing to do with what happened to Pelly." I hope you're right, Logan, Zoe thought. But she could see the looks on the SNAPA agent's faces, and it was hard to disagree with their skepticism. There was the broken anklet right there. There was Scratch's shifty, strange behavior and the blood on his teeth. And there was his history with Pelly, which the agents didn't even know about. All signs point to guilty. And if this was all our fault and we lose the trial, that means the end of Scratch... and the end of this Menagerie.
For Mum and Dad, who are brave enough to wake sleeping dragons, even without a fireproof suit.
Pelly, the golden-egg-laying goose, has been seemingly murdered, and all evidence points to Scratch, the smallest of the 3 dragons at the Menagerie. His ankle restraint has been broken, and there is blood on his teeth. Zoe and Logan are sure he's being framed, and they search the Aviary for clues. They hide in the woods to see if it's actually a werewolf's doing. Instead, they found out their classmate Marco is a wererooster, and his parents and siblings are also all werecreatures. They also learned that Agent Runcible is a werewolf after thinking Matthew was one and glitter bombing them with silver dust. Marco was also able to identify that the feathers at Pelly's murder scene were from a 400 year old goose, while Pelly was 103. After a search, they found Pelly at their librarian's house. Pelly had lied to Miss Sameera to get what she wanted, and was used to prove Scratch was innocent. Melissa then blackmailed Runcible to letting them stay open by revealing how many SNAMHP werewolf rules he had broken. Logan, Blue and Keiko then go to Jasmin Sterling's Halloween party. The book ends with Logan finding a map that showed the Menagerie as an amusement park.
- In the German publication of the book, it takes the alternate title of Magic Park: Ein Drache mit schlectem Gewissen (Magic Park: A Dragon with a Guilty Conscience).
- In the French publication of the book, it takes the alternate title of SOS Créatures Fantastiques: Le Procés Du Dragon (SOS Fantastic Creatures: The Dragon Trial)
Sutherland, Tui T, and Kari Sutherland. Dragon on Trial. HarperCollins Children's Books, 2014.