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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As I told the students in my class who are much to young to read schreer book themselves it wasn’t a “good-fit” for me. Excuse me while I go wipe my wet blotchy face and blow my nose.

The man had a lame foot but got around agilely, his scabby stump pivoting and tilting as he maneuvered. I crawled over the gearshift and into the front seat to see better.

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To tell a story about a year-old Congolese-American girl trapped in a bonobo sanctuary by a war one in which machetes are used in frighteningly realistic waysand to imagine that this story might be about her survivalis incredibly audacious. Aug 07, Laura Phelps rated it it was amazing Shelves: The moral dilemma facing Sophie is a driving force in the novel as she discovers that she can’t save the bonobos one at a time like she does with the trafficker on the street, but must consider the endangered animals from a sociologically viewpoint; she must think about how the problem is reflected in the poverty of the Congolese people and the history of colonial abuse from foreigners that have stripped the Congo of its rich resources.

I thought that it lacked details and jumped from one event to the next without a whole lot of explanation. Bonobos, as you can see, are quite like us. Apr 12, Jenniferpawlik rated it it was amazing. Amid the horrors of war, Sophie finds love, friendship, and compassion. Published October 1st by Scholastic Press first published September Reading as a adult, sometimes it feels like Mr.


One of the important questions considered in this white-knuckle drama, is the basic question of why one should care about a bonobo in a country that has so much poverty and pain. Purchase this one for both middle school and high school libraries. Will readers experience the kind of pain that comes from reading about the suffering of apes and people?

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. I don’t get it From National Book Award Finalist Eliot Schrefer comes the compelling tale of a girl who must save a group of bonobos — and herself — from a violent coup.


Schrefer has done a great deal of research to make this true to the circumstances and does not sugarcoat the terrible truth of the human and animal suffering that is created by greed and corruption.

View all 5 comments. But adventure stories with young narrators have schreefr been implausible. But overall, enjoyed this very much.

See all 10 questions about Endangered…. While on their way and nearing a checkpoint: One issue I had was with the first person narration.

Tigger is not in this book. Girl surviving in the woods! The book touches on many issues, first and foremost how humans treat animals such as bonobos. Eliiot did all that and more. Being a person who loves wildlife and the environment, this book was amazing. They are both on the run, trying to survive together in the forest and avoid being killed or worse When Sophie has to travel to Congo, a dangerous country on its way to rliot, She is not thrilled.

The way she encounters each challenge is what makes this story unique. A heart wrenching, action packed novel Sophie travels to the Congo, where her mother runs a sanctuary for bonobos.


While there is violence, it is toned down moreso than books like, “Code Name Verity” ; Sophie might stumble over a body or hear screams scyrefer suddenly stop, but that is about it.


The author does a fantastic job of submerging yourself in their world. Babies do not do very well when separated from mom. Her mother loves her family, but her family is not as important to her as her work with the bonobos, which has driven her father away. The book engaged my emotions and intellect, which I love. It was an exciting read-I recommend it.

The bonobos are as real as people.

Read this story about Ekiot and Otto and ask yourself whether you would have been able to abandon Otto. Of all the feelings to learn about through literature, I can think of none more ennobling than that: She didn’t trust the guy especially living in such a country where “bullet holes have bullet holes” as you read on pg It felt a little too pat to One issue I had was with the first person narration.

He wanted more money from …more Hello,the man wanted enough money to get himself back to his family and to support him self clothes,food,etc. It’s an extremely powerful book schrefeer an important one. I feel eneangered I shouls have such a clearer picture of Sophie and what kind of person she is, but most of the time she came across as a typical stubborn, impulse decision making teenager.

Along the way, she meets Otto, a baby bonobo, and instantly connects with the abused and starving creature.