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Endangered (edition 2012)

by Eliot Schrefer

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Title:Endangered
Authors:Eliot Schrefer
Info:Scholastic Press (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 272 pages
Collections:Finished Reading
Rating:*****
Tags:young adult, war, democratic republic of congo, congo, bonobos

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"When Sophie has to visit her mother at her sanctuary for bonobos, she not thrilled to be there. Then Otto, an infant bonobo, comes into her life, and for the first time she feels responsible for another creature. But peace does not last long for Sophie and Otto. Wehn an armed revolution breaks out in the country, the sanctuary is attacked and the two of them must escape unprepared into the jungle. Caught in the crosshairs of a lethal conflict, they must struggle to keep safe, to eat and live." (back cover) 2012 N Book Award finalist; Green Earth Book Award; ALA Best Fiction for YA Choice

Realistic teen character who struggles in her relationship with her mother, but learns to become "mother" to a baby bonobo, so much so she cannot leave him to the rebels invading the sanctuary, certain he will be chased down and killed for meat. Fascinating details of life in Congo, bonobo behavior and the political /economic challenges of the Congolese. While the ominous threat of the soldiers to Sophie is addressed when she's captured, it is still not graphic or tasteless - YA readers will root for Otto and Sophie, and if they can also accept the heavy detail (to explain Congolese ways and bonobo life) find it an exciting read. ( )
  BDartnall | Nov 12, 2016 |
One of the many things I really appreciated about this novel is that Otto is firmly a bonobo for the whole book - not a pseudo human. His actions and emotions are strictly animal and Sophie's interactions with him reflect that divide. He wears no diapers, is not dressed in human clothes and does not know sign language.
The war in the Congo and the parlous state of its inhabitants drive the action and force Sophie to make some heart-breaking choices. Sophie is told by numerous characters that she should forget the apes and concentrate on the plight of the people, but the bond forged between her and Otto is one any animal-lover will recognise. She is a typical impetuous teenager at the start of the novel, not understanding that buying Otto from a poacher would only encourage him to take more animals, but she grows up during the course of the novel. I found some of her escapes a little unbelievable, but, on the whole the action is tempered with descriptions of Sophie's and Otto's interactions and descriptions of the Congo's political situation.

This is a boring review of a fast-paced, interesting, emotional, heart-breaking and over all satisfying novel that will be a favourite.
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  mmacd3814 | May 30, 2016 |
I loved Endangered! It's a very powerfully written story that is informative and eye opening. It's not the kind of book that shies away from the stark violence that people engage towards each other and animals every day. It's not the most intense violent book out there but it doesn't sugar coat real issues that are taking places all over the world today. I'm not a huge fan of reading violence for violence's sake but that's not what Schrefer writes at all. He writes a great story about Congo, the civil war they are engaged in and an young caught in the middle of it all. His protagonist is innocent and vulnerable but shows tremendous bravery to protect animals that are even more vulnerable. Fantastic story.

Curricular connection - This was a Battle of the Books book but I also used it as a selection for my science colleague who was asking students to read about conservation. ( )
  ECrowwwley | Apr 12, 2016 |
This turned out to be a fabulous little read. The story was set in the Congo during political unrest and focused on the plight of the bonobos. I loved learning more about these intelligent animals and Otto won my heart from the start. i enjoyed how fourteen-year-old Sophie matured throughout the book and her bond with baby Otto was extremely touching. Some of her escapades were a bit unbelievable, but overall I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy read, full of adventure and heart-warming moments. A real find for animal lovers of any age. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 23, 2016 |
Very good. Gripping subject.
  devafagan | Jan 2, 2015 |
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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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