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Endangered (Ape Quartet) av Eliot Schrefer
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Endangered (Ape Quartet) (utgåvan 2012)

av Eliot Schrefer (Författare)

Serier: Ape Quartet (1)

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Sophie is not happy to be back in the Congo for the summer, but when she rescues an abused baby bonobo she becomes more involved in her mother's sanctuary--and when fighting breaks out and the sanctuary is attacked, it is up to Sophie to rescue the apes and somehow survive in the jungle.
Medlem:Moore31
Titel:Endangered (Ape Quartet)
Författare:Eliot Schrefer (Författare)
Info:Scholastic Inc. (2012), 277 pages
Samlingar:Library
Betyg:*****
Taggar:highly-recommended, sold

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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
Schrefer took on an extremely difficult subject and did a tremendous job. This is a real page-turner that I think would captivate a lot of jaded tweens and teens. The gore (I was looking for this especially) is handled very well -- chilling but not gross, effective in heightening the sense of danger and risk facing Sophie on her quest to save the baby bonobo, Otto, and herself.

After rebels take over the bonobo compound, Sophie and Otto sneak back to recover a duffel with food. The workers have been slaughtered:

There, on the far side, was Mama Brunelle's body. A dead body, a thing and not a person. To keep myself going, I didn't let my thoughts rest on that fact. She was facedown, her legs the only part of her that wasn't covered in dried blood. Bits of her were missing; I couldn't understand, or make myself understand, which ones. Inhale, exhale, inhale.

Schrefer also sets up some compelling questions for readers that would be very interesting to approach in a class. What about Sophie's mother's decision to make a priority of the bonobos over her family? How about Sophie's decision to rescue Otto, thus leading directly to the capture of two more wild bonobo babies (and the likely slaughter of their mother)? How about the fact that Sophie, because she is American, is rescued (but then refuses evacuation) versus the UN's refusal to evacuate native Congolese citizens? This is exactly what happened in Rwanda as the genocide started in 1994.

I don't want to seem to have a vendetta against [b:Goblin Secrets|12809970|Goblin Secrets (Zombay, #1)|William Alexander|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1354035673s/12809970.jpg|17958988], which won the NBA for YA (Endangered was a finalist), but this is also a much better book, on the level of fellow finalist [b:Never Fall Down|12924297|Never Fall Down|Patricia McCormick|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1330649356s/12924297.jpg|18079742] (yes, I'm a human rights geek, but, again, also a magic, automaton, goblin geek). ( )
  MaximusStripus | Jul 7, 2020 |
14-year old Sophie is half Congolese and half American. She mostly lives in Miami with her father, but comes back to the Democratic Republic of Congo to live with her mother in the summers. Sophie’s mom runs a bonobo sanctuary. On the way to the sanctuary, Sophie insists on buying a baby bonobo from a trafficker. She only wants to save the little bonobo she calls Otto, but she doesn’t initially realize that although she has helped Otto, overall, it’s not a good idea to buy from the traffickers.

In any case, she is now in charge of taking care of Otto and helping him live. Not long before Sophie is to head back to Miami, her mother has to leave to release some of the bonobos back into the wild. Not long after her mother leaves, civil war breaks out...

Of course, I love animals, so right off the bat, I’m loving the bonobos and the sanctuary. Once the war starts, it is almost non-stop suspense. Not only – how will Sophie get out of this, but what will happen to Otto and the other bonobos? Keep Kleenex handy. Ugly crying all the way. Loved this book! There is also an interview with the author at the end. And, I am happy to see that this is part of a series. ( )
  LibraryCin | Feb 27, 2020 |
Cute and realistic

I loved the bonobos in this story. It at times is terrifying and stressful and other times is heartwarming and a tear-jerker. I am glad I read it, but I need to recover before reading the next Ape is book. ( )
  dms12880 | Nov 29, 2018 |
Coming from the perspective of someone who studied about the Belgian Congo in school, I learned a lot about modern day DRC while reading this book. I had to keep Mr Google handy to read about bonobos, The events seemed real and the novel read like a memoir.
I loved this book and will recommend it for our summer reading list of choices for high school freshmen. ( )
  ioplibrarian | Aug 26, 2018 |
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Sophie is not happy to be back in the Congo for the summer, but when she rescues an abused baby bonobo she becomes more involved in her mother's sanctuary--and when fighting breaks out and the sanctuary is attacked, it is up to Sophie to rescue the apes and somehow survive in the jungle.

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