Schrefer (“The Deadly Sister”) presents the compelling tale of a girl who must save a group of bonobos — and herself — from a violent coup in the Congo. Such is the case in Eliot Schrefer’s dazzling, big-hearted novel “Endangered,” which has been named a National Book Award finalist in the. Schrefer (The Deadly Sister) shines a light on an oft-overlooked part of the world with this intense adventure set in the Democratic Republic of.

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Well written and thoughtful, Endangered provides a heart wrenching and action packed novel that readers of any age will enjoy. Now she just goes back to visit her mother who has a bonobo sanctuary there.

Sex is an everyday affair in bonobo society, and is liberally used to create bonds between individuals, as well as for reproduction. The perils Sophie and Otto face reveal schrefr microcosm the precarious state in which the people of the Congo exist.

Why I like this book: Schrefer does not shy away at his depiction of the horrors of this. Her love for bonobos and the sanctuary blossoms as she becomes the adoptive mother to Otto.

Oct 10, Laura McNeal rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

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Instead of boarding the plane, Sophie bolts with Otto through the electrified fence into the bonobo sanctuary, a place that no one enters alone. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. I remember many years ago, when I was in Uganda, I went on a hike An outstanding book – it gripped me all the way through.


One of the ways that Schrefer softens the truth without perverting or destroying it is that he takes the animal-child bonding story my favorite of this type being Where the Red Fern Grows and sets it in an African country during a war.

Excellent read-recommended by a student. Trivia About Endangered Ape Q There are no concrete data on population numbers, but the estimate is between 29, and 50, individuals.

A common element inked in good children’s books is they speak to both children and adults with various interpretations based on experience and this novel is no exception. Man, I really enjoy saying that word out loud. Books by Eliot Schrefer. endanggered

At times, he feels like her child and her sibling, and as I got deeper into the story, I sometimes forgot that he was a wild animal at all. When the men stopped, Otto lost his nerve and schrefdr headlong back to me, nearly bowling me over when he leaped into my arms.

This book is about bonobos. Two things have come only recently in my career: The way she encounters each challenge is what makes this story unique.

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Bonobos, unlike other apes, unlike chimpanzees, have a peaceful, matriarchal society. Baby bonobos stay attached to their mothers for the first years of their lives, and Sophie finds herself makeshift mother to Otto, this newest addition to the sanctuary.

Sophie doesn’t dwell on the deaths of people, she’s too busy trying to survive and she forces traumatic thoughts out of her mind. It is artfully written and I felt myself re-experiencing the humidity and insect-infestation of the jungle, the dry manioc fields, the endangerex sunken faces of people starving to death. As an American Teenager, working at a sanctuary for the primates is not ideal. I get it, she loves Otto with all her heart, but really?


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Customers who bought this item also bought. This book was one of my favorites this year because it kept me on my feet. In fact, it was this that won me over completely. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. For I followed closely the conflict in Sierra Leone, a place I knew well long ago, and there are many commonalities to what has happened in the Endangdred the drugged child-soldiers, the frightened villagers, the many dreadful things that have been reported from both regions are all too familiar to me.

She essentially falls in love with a bonobo and goes out of her way to protect him, while putting herself in extreme danger. Sophie is spending the summer with her mother, staying at her bonobo sanctuary in the Congo.

As an adult, I would have called her mother before making that decision because I know that traffickers and poachers are dangerous. The real likelihood is that had this story taken place in the ‘real’ Congo of, say, the second Congo War ofSophie would have been dead the first week. Or at least well enough to see her thoughts.

While visiting her eiot at the sanctuary, she blunders her way into endangeres charge of Otto, a baby bonobo.