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Half Brother

byKenneth Oppel

Paperback | September 27, 2011

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When Ben Tomlin’s mother brings home his new “baby brother,” an eight-day-old chimpanzee, Ben is far from thrilled. His father, a renowned behavioral scientist, has uprooted the family and moved them halfway across the country, to Victoria, B.C., so he can pursue a high-profile experiment— to determine whether chimpanzees can learn human sign language.

Zan must be raised exactly like a human. He’s dressed in clothes and fed in a high chair and has a room full of toys and books. Ben is soon smitten. Joining the team of students who are helping with the experiment, Ben becomes both researcher and adored older brother.

Within months, Zan learns his first signs and becomes a media sensation. At his new school, Ben’s life seems similarly charmed as he vies for the attentions of the beautiful Jennifer— using his newly acquired scientific observational skills.

But when Project Zan unexpectedly loses its funding, Ben’s father is under huge pressure to either make the experiment succeed or abandon it—and Zan. Unable to convince his father that Zan is now part of the family, Ben must risk everything to save his baby brother from an unimaginable fate.

KENNETH OPPEL is the Governor General’s Award–winning author ofAirbornand the Silverwing series, which has sold over a million copies worldwide. Kenneth Oppel lives in Toronto with his wife and their three children. Visit his website atwww.kennethoppel.com.
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Title:Half BrotherFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.96 inPublished:September 27, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554686113

ISBN - 13:9781554686117

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I read this probably when I was to young to fully understand some concepts that the teenager characters in the book were talking about but nonetheless I LOVED this book. I enjoyed how they portrayed animal cruelty and the character development in Ben. I recommend it for all ages 13 and above and I promise you will love this book!
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read It's a book that grabs your attention and is an easy read.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A cute and interesting middle grade novel This book explored many interesting subjects including animal testing (specifically for chimps) and the idea of what truly makes one a person. It also touched on family and how research could affect the dynamics. I could relate to Ben, with his father expecting high grades all the time, having passionate talks on the news and science, as well as his yearn for attention. The book is appropriate in depth for a middle grade novel, with facts inserted appropriately, but it was not as informative for me as I passed the target audience. Also, since Half Brother is for children, the author had to refrain from making the story too dark, so the book wasn't as deep as it could have been. Nonetheless, I felt emotion at many parts, which goes to say how good of an author Oppel is (I loved his stories growing up). However, I felt like this book had many clichés in terms of character development, dialogue, and relationships with other humans. If the chimp, Zan (who I surprisingly loved more than I thought I would), was eliminated, I doubt I would have enjoyed the book as much.
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good A good story for younger readers. Explores the moral implications of bringing an animal into a family for research purposes, treating it like a member of the family, and then what to do when the experiment is over. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Half brother 10 out of 10 Would read again ..................................................................................................
Date published: 2015-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!! When I first read this book, I was obsessed with it. I finished the entire book in 2 days! I bought the book myself from Chapters, and I do not regret buying it. If you love chimpanzees, you will LOVE this book! Very cute and emotional book. Highly recommend it. :D
Date published: 2015-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sooo fitted the book Very emosional read and very good for tweens and teens. So iteresting and it is about a family being brought together
Date published: 2015-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sooo fitted the book This book is a very good read for younger people
Date published: 2013-09-08