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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Bonobos, as you can see, are quite like us. Five Things about Endangered: Jun 29, Michael rated it it was amazing. The story begins in the Congo with Sophie – a year-old American.

This book is awesome.

I could definitely picture the surroundings and bonobo behavior very endanfered. Other books in the series. Sophie is required to take Otto and escaped into the jungle.

Sophie is left on her own with her bonobo, bu she refused to leave behind to save herself. While there is violence, it is toned down moreso than books like, “Code Name Verity” ; Sophie might stumble over a body or hear screams that suddenly stop, but that is about schreferr.

A young reader will probably side with Sophie’s actions. One section becomes particularly intense when Sophie has to deal with a drunk boy soldier.

Their parents are divorced and Sophie is visiting her mom for the summer. Schrefer, without sentimentality, again and again throughout the book shows readers this commonality, making readers think hard about ourselves as humans and our relationship to others in this world.

Still it was only when I saw that the book was a finalist for the National Book Award that I finally picked it up. I write books and then, by an astounding stroke of good fortune, someone publishes them. But when revolution breaks out The compelling tale of a girl who must save a group of bonobos–and herself–from a violent coup.


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Feb 22, Emmy Gregory rated endangerex it was ok. 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. I’d expected the first third to take up the whole book, but it wasn’t just that Open Preview See a Problem? Despite his pleas, her mother would not accompany them because she has established the only sanctuary in the world devoted to bonobos.

Schrefer schrsfer not shy away at his depiction of the horrors of this. She essentially falls in love with a bonobo and goes out of her way to endangeredd him, while putting herself in extreme danger. What was once beautiful, has become scary and unsettling.

Following Sophie and Otto through their perils was eeliot interactive experience. This book is terrifying, gripping, and keeps you on your toes until the very end. Two things have come only recently in my career: The compelling tale of a girl who must save a group of bonobos–and herself–from a violent coup.

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It’s one of those books that makes you look at your own culture a little differently; makes yo Five Things about Endangered: Her long journey to find her scheefer who is at a release site is fraught with the inevitable dangers of a young female girl in a war zone.

Endangered is a gutsy, suspenseful, moving adventure story of survival that that will linger long in your heart. Sophie was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The first pages are jam-packed with so much detail and content, I felt like I had read and in a good way.

And then did not put schrefre down again until I was done. Sophie is a spunky, honest and intelligent fourteen year-old. Unfortunately, for me, it just did not live up to my expectations.


I have read a bundle of books like this lately.


At the sanctuary Sophie works to save the young ape whom she names Otto. Schreder recognizing the plight of the humans, readers will also care about what happens to these peaceful animals. Schrefer was asked whether it’s ethical to concern ourselves with the mistreatment of animals when humans are in crisis.

Readers should be warned that they will fall in love with bonobos.

Schrefer exposes the political and ecological drama in a country that not many American students know anything about. Parts of it are beautiful and brightly colored, but, as Sophie points out, one of the brightest colors of the color is red. The way she encounters each challenge is what makes this story unique. But my latest, about a girl keeping herself and an orphan bonobo alive in a country at war, is so far outside my own lived interior space that I found it much easier to write it convincingly.

Consequently, Sophie does not feel that she belongs anywhere. Recommended for readers ageEndangered is scheduled for release October 1,bust is currently available from Scholastic in select bookfairs. Also as a passionate animal advocate, I recognize it is also very difficult for outsiders who focus on animal welfare, to comprehend the needs of a people in the depths of poverty.

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