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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Endangered is a gutsy, suspenseful, moving adventure story of survival that that will linger long in your heart.

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Then Otto, an infant bonobo, comes into her life, and for the first time she feels responsible for another creature. I remember many years ago, when I was in Uganda, I went on a hike with my friend and about 5 armed soldiers and we crossed into the Congo at the top of Magahinga National Park. This doesn’t mean that the author skips the ugliness of war; just that the violence occurs after-the-fact versus a graphic description of someone being killed.

Great for animal lovers and anyone wanting to learn more about Edangered, or the great apes called bonobos. Jul 06, Stefanie Lamp’L rated it really liked it.

Do you ever put down a book in disgust wanting to say to the main character “I can’t believe you did something so impulsive and short-sighted” but at the same time knowing that sometimes without the apparently nedangered act there would be no story? Sophie ends up saving a baby bonobo from a man who is selling him on the streets, much to her mother’s disapproval because there is a correct way to save the bonobos and that was not it.


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One section becomes particularly intense when Sophie has to deal with a drunk boy soldier. Schrefer was asked whether it’s ethical to concern ourselves with the mistreatment of animals when humans are in crisis. Jun 10, Donalyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. As the man neared each car, he yanked upward so that it opened its mouth into a wide grin, feet pinwheeling as it tried to find the ground.

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It was, however, very well paced and written in a wonderfully readable and descriptive way. While recognizing the plight of the humans, readers will also care about what happens to these peaceful animals. But overall, enjoyed this very much.

Sophie’s youthfulness and innocence makes her noble and seemingly right decision to save the bonobo tragic because the action is ultimately the wrong one. I started Endangered like that: Did you know that Endangered is a great book about apes?

Bonobos, unlike other apes, unlike chimpanzees, have a peaceful, matriarchal society.


Schrefer’s prose are fluid and keep the reader fully entrenched in the novel. I wanted to love it, especially with all these star reviews, but I guess I didn’t get it. It’s her mother’s passion, and she’d rather have nothing to do with it.

Books by Eliot Schrefer. She learns this lesson throughout the novel when the capital city of Kinshasa is overthrown and the president murdered. I support independent bookstores. The narrative is gripping from page one and Sophie faces horrific challenges in a credible way as a mature biracial teen with a dependent.

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Bonobo Facts and Status: The gorillas of Uganda are a treasure and a magnet for tourists and money I love marshmallows and early twentieth century fiction. But it was so incredibly relatable: Bonobos are born helpless, and females provide the majority of the parental, since paternity is usually unclear. Her discomfort of living in the jungle and dealing with endqngered, leeches, crickets, and more, involve the reader’s senses creating a vivid atmosphere and setting.

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When the sanctuary gets attacked and rebels take over, Sophie flees to the forest with the bonobos learning to survive in the wild and trying to reunite with her mother who happened to be in a remote area north of the capital releasing bonobos into the wild. Being a person who loves wildlife and the environment, this book was amazing. There’s something a bit timeless about the telling of it, about the girl-and-an-animal element, about the questing-for-safety. But when revolution breaks out and their sanctuary is attacked, she must rescue the bonobos and hide in the jungle.

Apr 11, Sandy rated it it was ok Shelves: