Endangered by Eliot SchreferEndangered by Eliot Schrefer

Endangered

byEliot Schrefer

Paperback | January 7, 2014

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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.

Congo is a dangerous place, even for people who are trying to do good.

When Sophie has to visit her mother at her sanctuary for bonobos, she's not thrilled to be there. Then Otto, an infant bonobo, comes into her life, and for the first time she feels responsible for another creature.

But peace does not last long for Sophie and Otto. When an armed revolution breaks out in the country, the sanctuary is attacked, and the two of them must escape unprepared into the jungle. Caught in the crosshairs of a lethal conflict, theymust struggle to keep safe, to eat, and to live.

In Endangered, Eliot Schrefer plunges us into a heart-stopping exploration of the things we do to survive, the sacrifices we make to help others, and the tangled geography that ties us all, human and animal, together.

ELIOT SCHREFER is the author of Endangered, The Deadly Sister, The School for Dangerous Girls, Glamorous Disasters, and The New Kid. He lives in New York City when he is not visiting bonobos in Congo. Visit him online at www.eliotschrefer.com.
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Title:EndangeredFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.03 × 5.26 × 0.58 inPublished:January 7, 2014Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545165776

ISBN - 13:9780545165778

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Endangered Very exciting. Original plot, great introduction into these events for younger readers.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Apes Can Actually Be Such Interesting Creatures After All... I'd never think that a book about a girl surviving in the wild with bonobos would be this good. I mean, apes? Really? From the first page in, I was hooked. It was so good and Otto looked so adorable on the photograph, I just wanted to eat him! (Not in a murder way, the cute way) I loved the plot twist toward the middle of the book. It was so surprising and didn't distract me one bit! The writing and words were so strong, and hooked me in, I didn't want to let go. I read many bad reviews about this book, and I didn't know what to expect. They were all mixed reviews. But overall, it was great, and I need more.
Date published: 2014-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from totally engrossing When my 14-year-old son saw that I was reading Eliot Schrefer’s novel Endangered he rolled his eyes and said, “Mom, our teacher tried to read us that book last year and no one liked it – not even her.” Connor is a voracious reader and we have often read and enjoyed the same books so I have to admit that I was skeptical as I started this book. Fourteen-year-old Sophie is visiting her mother in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Her parents are divorced and she has been living with her father in Miami since she was eight, but it’s the summer holidays and so she is visiting with her mom at the bonobo sanctuary her mother runs in Kinshasa. Bonobos are a member of the ape family and they are endangered. Bonobos, as it turns out, are our closest relatives, “sharing over 98.7 percent of our DNA.” Adult bonobos are often killed for food; babies are kidnapped and sold on the black market. It is just such an encounter that starts Sophie’s story. "The little ape sat down tiredly in the dirt and lowered his arms, wincing as his sore muscles relaxed. I kneeled and reached out to him. The bonobo glanced at his master before working up the energy to stand and toddle over to me. He leaned against my shin for a moment, then extended his arms to be picked up. I lifted him easily and he hugged himself to me, his fragile arms as light as a necklace." Sophie’s mother is none-too-happy when her daughter arrives at the sanctuary with the bonobo. Not because Sophie rescued the bonobo, but because she didn’t follow the proper protocol and that could cause more trouble down the road. But Sophie has fallen in love with the little bonobo she names Otto and their relationship sustains them through the difficult times ahead. In the beginning I found Endangered a little didactic. Admittedly, I knew nothing about bonobos and even less about the scary situation in the DRC, but the way the information was relayed to the reader – via Sophie – just didn’t feel organic. Thankfully, Schrefer didn’t spend a lot of time instructing us. When the Congo’s president is assassinated and rebels flood into the area Sophie’s peaceful existence at the sanctuary crumbles. That’s when things get really interesting. Sophie is a remarkably resilient character. Despite the fact that she has been leading a relatively privileged life in the States for the past six years, she hasn’t forgotten where she came from. As she and Otto travel through the jungle and up the Congo river to find her mother (who had left just before the coup to take some bonobos to an island release site), my heart was really racing. I mean, this war (despite being fictional) is based on decades of bloody conflict and although Schrefer stays away from the truly graphic, one only has to use their imagination to imagine the atrocities Sophie and Otto encounter on their way. And don’t even get me started on the subject of Sophie’s bond with Otto. If even half of what transpires between them is true, bonobos are beyond remarkable; they’re us. Honey, I respectfully disagree with your assessment of this book.
Date published: 2013-10-28

Editorial Reviews

Praise for EndangeredNational Book Award Finalist*"[An] intense adventure . . . clearly written from the heart." -Publishers Weekly, starred review"The novel tackles tough ethical dilemmas without offering easy answers . . . a poignant and movingstory." -School Library Journal"Schrefer creates a vividly realized setting and a harrowing portrait of the chaos of a country at war . . .nature-loving teens will be captivated." -Booklist