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 they trek across the Congo, surrounded by conflict and despair, Sophie and Otto, depend on each other for survival. Sophie is left on her own with her bonobo, who she refused to leave behind to save herself.

Jolai Torres Hello,the man wanted enough money to get himself back to his family and to support him self clothes,food,etc. S Sophie was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Well written and thoughtful, Endangered provides a heart wrenching and action packed novel that readers of any age will enjoy.

Dec 31, Shomeret rated it it was amazing Shelves: The compelling tale of a girl who must save a group of bonobos–and herself–from a violent coup. It is artfully written and I felt myself re-experiencing the humidity and insect-infestation of the jungle, the dry manioc fields, the wchrefer sunken faces of people starving to death.

Jumping out of the UN van, her only ticket to saf This book was okay overall.

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Sophie’s love for Otto was beautiful and their obstacles and adventures together seemed very real but dramatic at the same time. Their parents are divorced and Sophie is visiting her mom for the summer. Civil unrest breaks out and Sophie finds herself having to choose between being rescued by Unit Sophie is spending the summer with her mother, staying at her bonobo sanctuary in the Congo.


It felt a little too pat to One issue I had was with the first person narration.

I don’t get it Endangered- Eliot Schrefer http: Preview — Endangered by Eliot Schrefer. Published October endanvered by Scholastic Press first published September But Sophie’s struggles also reveal the long lasting effects of colonialism, the brutal civil unrest that affects many area, and the exploitation of Africa for its natural resources. Consequently, Sophie does not feel that she belongs anywhere.

I started twiddling out reviews as a class assignment two years ago thinking it would help me remember novels when book-talking with students. She essentially falls in love with a bonobo and goes out of her way to protect him, while putting herself in extreme danger.

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This book is not for everyone. But when revolution breaks out The compelling tale of a girl who must save a group of bonobos–and herself–from a violent coup.

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. In a time of war, that is accurate to have happen, but I suppose I thought the grieving time for the main character, Sophie, would be a bit longer and that the recognition of these kind people being mercilessly killed would be greater. While the sudden time shift at the very end is thrust upon the reader without warning, the last chapter brought closure for the reader and raised awareness for the emotional intelligence of these incredible creatures.

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I did, however, enjoy the relationship between Sophie and Otto her bonono ape and was particularly interested in the personalities of shrefer various bonobos who lived in the sanctuary. These stories need to be heard. Purchase this one for both middle school and high school libraries.

Schrefer presents them truthfully, at times terrifyingly, and sensitively all bt through Sophie’s eyes. 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 schrefed the history of the Congo. Books by Eliot Schrefer. But overall, enjoyed this very much. Schrefer is trying too hard to “hit the mark” to fit into that curriculum slot rather than writing compelling story for its own sake.


But my latest, about a girl keeping herself and an orphan bonobo alive in a country at war, is so far outside my own lived interior space that I found it much easier to write endangerdd convincingly. This relationship between a peace-loving ape and its surrogate mother, and this growing bond, are the focus of the narrative against the backdrop of the typical violence, fear, violation and desperation that a corrupt, weakened war-torn nation brings.

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.