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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When an attack breaks out and the bonobo sanctuary is threatened, Sophie and Otto support and help each other. It’s an extremely powerful book and an important one. Soon, Sopohie is all alone surrounded by ruthless soldiers.

It probably isn’t realistic but the author portrays the boy soldier as just as much a victim as Sophie; thus making it appropriate for a younger audience. Five Things about Endangered: Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. What was once beautiful, has become scary and unsettling.

Not long after the transaction in which Sophie purchased Otto for what is, in that country, an astronomical sum of American cash, the same man shows up at the sanctuary with a pair of even-younger baby bonobos to sell. The bond between Sophie and Otto is evident from the very beginning. This book reminded me a little bit of those old-fashioned adventure stories I read growing up.

In any case, Endangered, rose above itself: What she doesn’t expect to happen on this visit is falling in love with an injured baby bonobo that she can’t help but buy from a local bush-meat trader.

While others really enjoyed it, I wasn’t dying to pick it up and read it all of the time which good fit books edangered make you want to do. This move saves her life, as the sanctuary and its workers fall under the combatants’ siege. I’ve previously recommended Lucy Christopher’s Stolen and Ruta Sepatys’ Between Shades of Grayand I’d say it would definitely appeal to folks who liked both of those.

But adventure stories endangeree young narrators have always been implausible.

Mar 15, georgia rated it really liked it. Eventually rebels enter the nursery and kill the staff and many of the babies and newly rescued, quarantined bonobos. 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.


I heard a loud crack from above, and then Otto was on the ground schreefer me. This book is terrifying, gripping, and keeps you on your toes until the very end.

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Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. What life lessons did Otto teach Sophie during their time together? The day of her arrival for her summer stay, she makes a poor judgment call, though out of compassion, and we find her in t Synopsis: As their relationship grew, so did Sophie’s maturity.

Sophie’s mother has been running a bonobo sanctuary for over six years and has the knowledge and tools to deal with this type of situation. Weirdly telescoped in the last third. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? If you want more try: When she was eight, her father needed to move back to the U. I was very int This is a YA book for mature readers who don’t flinch from reading about horrific violence against animals and human beings.

The problem I had with this book is that the main protagonist is a stupid endangereed brat who brings everything bad that happens to her onto herself by being a elioot idiot.

You may not be strong all by yourself, but you can be incredibly strong for someone or something smaller and more helpless. The setting was compelling, the characters both human and primate were exceptionally well drawn, and the storyline was absolutely riveting. I’m quite pleased to imagine it making its way into the hands of teens now, though.

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Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog A powerful departure from a world of love triangles, high school drama, and gossip, Endangered elliot an addictive and emotional read about a girl named Sophie, who is visiting her mother in the Congo during her summer break. This is a YA book for mature readers who don’t flinch from reading about horrific violence against animals and human beings. Originally posted at Writer of Wrongs I remember many years ago, when I was in Uganda, I went on a hike with my friend and about 5 armed soldiers and we crossed into the Congo at the top of Magahinga National Park.


Rather, the reader experiences along with Sophie, the young protagonist, the perilous political situation in the Congo and is led to see through Sophie’s eyes all the complexities that make saving the bonobos difficult.

The author does a fantastic job of submerging yourself endnagered their world. In a time of war, that is accurate to have happen, but I suppose I thought the grieving time for the main character, Sophie, would be a bit longer and that the recognition of these kind people being mercilessly killed would be greater. The first pages are jam-packed with so much detail and content, I felt like I e,iot read and in a good way.

Saoirse You are doing a book report, aren’t you? Of all the feelings to learn about through literature, I can think of none more ennobling than that: Ships from and sold by Amazon. Schrefer weaves an exciting and believable tale, documenting Sophie’s flight from danger and her search for her mother. Congo is a dangerous place, even for people schrffer are trying to do good.

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It takes no time at all for the two of them to endangerer permanently connected, Sophie functioning as the young bonobo’s mother. Together, they will fight to keep safe, to eat, and to survive. Also she was running around in the jungle in the middle of a dangerous political upheaval and the worst things that happened to her was being hungry and thirsty, a small barely breaking the skin bonobo bite, a leech and an itchy rash?

When an armed revolution breaks out in the country, the sanctuary endangere attacked, and the two of them must escape unprepared into the jungle.

This is a book that will leave thoughtful readers with a bigger view of the world in all its beauty and in all its sadness, too. I wish I had schrefwr how much I was going to enjoy it because Eliot Schrefer was at the conference – I would have asked him to sign my copy!