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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Preview — Endangered by Eliot Schrefer. The compelling tale of a girl who must save endqngered 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 sanctuary 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 The compelling tale of a girl who must save a group of bonobos–and herself–from a violent coup. But when revolution breaks out and their sanctuary is attacked, she must rescue the bonobos and hide in the jungle.
Together, they edangered fight to keep safe, to eat, and eloit 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. Hardcoverpages. Published October 1st by Scholastic Press first published September To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Endangeredplease sign up. I don’t get it What life lessons did Otto teach Sophie during their time together?
If do know please answer ASAP and tell me the page Saoirse You are doing a book report, aren’t you? If you are, I won’t help you. What did the man want from sophie? Why did clement forbid sophie from spending her money? Jolai Torres Hello,the man wanted enough money to get himself back to his family and to support him self clothes,food,etc.
He wanted more schrffer from …more Hello,the man wanted enough money to get himself back to his family and to support him self clothes,food,etc. He wanted more money from Sophie. Clement didn’t want her giving her money to any old creepy guy. She didn’t trust the guy especially living in such a country where “bullet holes have bullet holes” as you schreer on pg Have a nice day,thank you for letting me share with you! See all 10 questions about Endangered…. Lists with This Book.
Jun 25, Maggie Stiefvater rated it it was amazing Shelves: Five Things about Endangered: This is the first five star review I’ve given that is five stars for how I would’ve viewed this book as the target audience.
This book is an upper YA, and although I enjoyed it, it would’ve made my eyes huge with wonder and shock as a fourteen year old unaware of the history of the Congo. I’m quite pleased to imagine it making its way into the hands of teens now, though.
It’s one of those books that makes you look at your own culture a little differently; makes yo Five Things about Endangered: It’s one of those books that makes you look at your own culture a little differently; makes your world a little stretchier. This book is not for everyone.
I mean, it is not Little Beewhich caused me much rocking and wliot in the corner. Possibly one that would make me rock and moan. 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.
Definitely it has that gritty sense nedangered place and history that seems to evade Pooh Corner. This book is about bonobos. That means they have no tail. We also have no tail. Bonobos, as you can see, are quite like us.
Tigger is not in this book. Unless he is a bonobo. Man, I really enjoy saying that word out loud. This book reminded me a little bit of those old-fashioned adventure stories I read growing up.
There’s something a bit timeless about the telling of it, about the girl-and-an-animal element, about the questing-for-safety. It’s not a book that changed my life now.
But it would’ve changed my life then, and for that, five stars. View all 5 comments.
Oct 14, Monica Edinger rated it it enadngered amazing. I absolutely did not want to read this book. The advance reader copy sat on my shelf for months untouched as I assumed it was yet another book offering a simplistic view of Africa, one that focused on the plight of an exotic animal while barely acknowledging the complications of the people who lived around it.
Having lived in Sierra Leone for two years in the 70s, I’m techy about how the continent is represented, especially by well-intentioned outsiders who focus on its animals at the expense of I absolutely did not want to read this book. Having lived in Sierra Leone for two years in the 70s, I’m techy about how the continent is represented, especially by well-intentioned outsiders who focus on its animals at the expense of its people. That said, I know that it is very, very hard to even begin to present to anyone, much less to a young person, the horrible complicated conflicts such as what happened in Sierra Leone a decade ago and what is still happening in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Still it was only when I saw that the book was a finalist for the Eoiot Book Award that I finally picked it up. And then did not put it down again until I was done. The story is from the point of view of Sophie, the product of a Congolese mother who runs a sanctuary for rescued bonobos and an American father. When her parents split up, schreger schooling would be better in the States she returned there with her father, coming back during vacations to be with her mother. As the book begins Sophie is traveling to her mother’s sanctuary when she spots a young bonobo with a trader and buys him, recklessly ignoring the Congolese sanctuary worker who tells her they never do that, it will cause problems, that they only rescue those that are brought to them.
At the sanctuary Sophie works to save the young ape whom she names Otto.
It takes no time at all for the two of them to become permanently connected, Sophie functioning as the young bonobo’s mother. Schrefer quickly and effectively gives us a sense of the sanctuary, of Sophie’s mother, the other workers, and the specifics of the bonobos who are the closest of the great apes to humans.
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.
Shortly after Sophie’s arrival the war arrives at the sanctuary. Schrefer does not shy away at his depiction of the horrors of this.
In fact, it was this that won me over completely. 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 DRC; the drugged child-soldiers, the frightened villagers, the many dreadful things that have been reported from both regions are all too familiar to me.
Schrefer presents them truthfully, at times terrifyingly, and sensitively all steadfastly through Sophie’s eyes. Unable to abandon Otto, instead of leaving the country with the UN, Sophie flees with him.
At first she stays with other bonobos, but eventually she has to leave them too and sets out on a difficult journey to find her mother who had been releasing bonobos back into the wild in another part of the country when the war began.
Sophie is a remarkable character, full of grit and gumption, and readers are bound to be riveted as her efforts to save Otto and herself are tested again and again as they make their journey. Schrefer does an amazing job communicating their physical and emotional hardships, giving readers a feel for the community and ways of the bonobos and how they link to us humans, and also a straightforward view of the way the conflict affects humans as well, both the victims and the transgressors.
By the end, I was completely won over. Schrefer has crafted an outstanding work about Africa, about bonobos, and about the complexities of the relationship we humans have with the world around us. Dec 31, Shomeret rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a YA book for mature readers who don’t flinch from reading about horrific violence against animals and human beings.
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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. It’s an extremely powerful book and an important one. Endangeged also very much liked the interview with author Eliot Schrefer at the back of the book.
I found it very insightful. 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. I was very interested in what he has to say about why bonobos are so radically different from chimps, and the implications this has for humans.
Schrefer schrever asked whether it’s ethical to concern ourselves with the mistreatment of animals when humans are in crisis. He responded that the same people who are cruel toward animals will also be cruel to humans that they believe are lower status, and that it’s essentially the same problem.
Feminists have had the same insight about violence against women and children. People who are obsessed with their lack of power are deranged by it. This is the last book I read in for the Around the World challenge, and I thought Schrefer was equally insightful about the problems of the Democratic Republic of the Congo where this book takes place. I do consider it my top read of