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Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

Endangered (edition 2012)

by Eliot Schrefer

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Authors:Eliot Schrefer
Info:Scholastic Press (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 272 pages
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Very good. Gripping subject.
  devafagan | Jan 2, 2015 |
This was an important and well told story. Sophie is a teen who lives with her father in the U.S. during the school year but visits her mother from the Democratic Republic of Congo in the summer. Her mother runs a bonobo sanctuary that rescues orphaned bonobo babies with the goal of reintroducing them into the wild. Sophie herself rescues and bonds with an orphaned bonobo, so when war comes to the country, Sophie refuses to abandon Otto and return to the U.S. Then begins their harrowing ordeal. The reader is introduced to bonobo behavior, the Congo, and war. All of it is very realistically depicted. ( )
  ChristianR | Dec 20, 2014 |
I love bonobos. Who doesn't? When I heard Sara Gruen's interview about her novel Ape House, I immediately picked up her book, anxious to hear her research translated into this novel. Unfortunately, I left disappointed. Not enough bonobos! I loved the chapters involving the bonobos, but could not muster the enthusiasm for the other chapters. For that reason, I was hopeful Eliot Schrefer's ENDANGERED would come through for me. And it did! In spades! Schrefer weaved his research into a novel that any bonobo lover would enjoy without information dumping everything he had learned. Sophie's story in war torn Congo is heart wrenching. We feel her pain, her anxiety, her courage and her determination. I look forward to interviewing Eliot Schrefer on my blog, Naturally Speaking!
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  Nancy.Castaldo | Nov 3, 2014 |
First in a series about the great apes, this book was a National Book finalist. A young American, half Congolese, returns to her mother's country and is trapped by the start of the civil war. Her mother runs a rescue center for the bonobo, a matriarchal great ape. When society breaks down, the refuge becomes a trap, and she must flee with only one surviving bonobo. The subsequent trials and dangers are hair-raising, sure to entrance any teen or adult. Realistic, gritty, the tale pulls few punches. ( )
  Naura.Milano | Sep 2, 2014 |
Excellent realistic fiction novel that follows Sophie, who is have Congolese as she tries to escape a civil war that has just broken out. Sophie returns to the Congo to visit her mother for the summer and ends up rescuing a bonobo, whom she names Otto. Not soon after her arrival, the government is overthrown and Sophie is on a mission to find her mother, who went north to release other bonobo's into the wild. She will have to fight to stay alive and escape being taken by the militants. ( )
  smheatherly2 | Jun 18, 2014 |
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KINSHASA, THE CAPITAL OF CONGO - Concrete can rot. It turns green and black before crumbling away. Maybe only people from the Congo know that.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0545165768, Hardcover)

The compelling tale of a girl who must save a group of bonobos--and herself--from a violent coup.

The Congo is a dangerous place, even for people who are trying to do good.

When one girl has to follow her mother to her sancuary for bonobos, she's not thrilled to be there. It's her mother's passion, and she'd rather have nothing to do with it. But when revolution breaks out and their sanctuary is attacked, she must rescue the bonobos and hide in the jungle. Together, they will fight to keep safe, to eat, and to survive.

Eliot Schrefer asks readers what safety means, how one sacrifices to help others, and what it means to be human in this new compelling adventure.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:22 -0400)

Sophie is not happy to be back in the Congo for the summer, but when she rescues an abused baby bonobo she becomes more involved in her mother's sanctuary--and when fighting breaks out and the sanctuary is attacked, it is up to Sophie to rescue the apes and somehow survive in the jungle.… (more)

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