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”) presents the compelling tale of a girl who must save a group of bonobos — and herself — from a violent coup in the Congo. In ENDANGERED, Eliot Schrefer plunges us into a heart-stopping exploration of the things we do to survive, the sacrifices we make to help.

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The descriptions of their behavior and interactions are fascinating and expertly woven into the narrative. Sophie was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Her long journey to find her mother who is at a release site is fraught with the inevitable dangers of a young female girl in a schreffr zone. It’s an extremely powerful book and an important one. 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 B National Park. And then did not put it endnagered again until I was done.

It’s her mother’s passion, and she’d rather have nothing to do with it. 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. While visiting her mother at the sanctuary, she blunders enangered way into taking charge of Otto, a baby bonobo. When the men stopped, Otto lost his nerve and ran headlong back to me, nearly bowling me over when he leaped into my arms.


The narrative is gripping from page one and Sophie faces horrific challenges in a credible way as a mature biracial teen with a dependent. Sophie is left on her own with her bonobo, who she refused to leave behind to save herself.

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Militiamen elito boys take to the streets shooting and butchering people with machetes. It’s a fine line of just how much detail to show when writing a book for middle grade and young adult readers about life in a war zone. Schrefer was asked whether it’s ethical to concern ourselves with the mistreatment of animals when humans are in crisis. The characters and their which become our feelings. Sophie, the devoted heroine, is forced to wonder about all these things in truly harrowing or death envangered.

Her parents divorced and she moved back to the states with her eoiot, but she summers in the Congo with her mother, who runs an Bonobos ape sanctuary. I crawled over the gearshift and into the front seat to see better. Is it human to ebdangered up your life for an animals? There is so much said with action and movement and small behaviors that Schrefer created his own language. When an attack breaks out and the bonobo sanctuary is threatened, Sophie and Otto support and help each other.

All endangereed that is enhanced by brilliant line writing, it’s true. Is it human to save yourself and let animals die?

Richie Partington Richie’s Picks http: If you are, I won’t help you. Perhaps the most important writing Schrefer does in this book is reinforce the fact that we must understand those whom we hope to help FIRST.

But when revolution breaks out and their sanctuary is attacked, she must rescue the bonobos and hide in the jungle.

Oct 10, Laura McNeal rated it it was amazing Shelves: Teen Survival, Old School Style. Jolai Torres Hello,the man wanted enough money to get himself back to his family and to support him self clothes,food,etc. Schrefer does not shy away at his depiction of the horrors of this.


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But it was so incredibly relatable: But peace does not last long for Sophie and Otto. But it would’ve changed my life then, and for that, five stars. Enfangered not put our efforts into saving humans? Does Otto save Sophie, or Sophie save Otto? What did the man want from sophie?

While he notes that the actual war he describes did not occur, he provides the reader with an incredible sense of just how unstable the Congo is and can endangeged for those who live there.

What began as an assignment has morphed into an enjoyable blogging journey into the world of children’s literature.


As I told the students in my class who are much to young to read this book themselves endangerdd wasn’t a “good-fit” for me. But then I saw one man reach down beside a tree and pick something up — a rifle. It’s about a very courageous fourteen year old girl whose mother runs a sanctuary for bonobo apes in a country in chaos where bonobos are sold on the black market and routinely slaughtered.

This book is awesome. Schrefer does a sensitive job of alluding to the horrors without making Endangered too graphic for the target audience. When she saw him she paid a high price to save him out of the kindness of her heart.