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. 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) shines a light on an oft-overlooked part of the world with this intense adventure set in the Democratic Republic of.

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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. 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, they must struggle to keep safe, to eat, and to live.

As riveting as the action is, it’s the nuanced portraits of the characters, human and ape, that make the story so deeply affecting. This drama is clearly written from the heart. Teens crave mystery, and this book will suit them just fine. He lives in New York City when he is not visiting bonobos in Congo. Visit him online at www. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

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Please try again later. Schrefer has crafted a story that is both eye-opening and touching. A story that seems elikt but is very much contemporary. Through the eyes of one young girl, the reader gets a glimpse into the deep-seeded challenges of a conflict-riddled third-world country. Sophie has come to stay at her mother’s wild animal preserve in the heart of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Being biracial complicates things a bit Congolese mother, white American father as endangerwd seen as foreign both in America and in the Congo, but she’s learned to deal with that. What she doesn’t expect to happen on this visit is falling in love with an injured baby bonobo that she can’t help but buy from a local ehdangered trader. This spontaneous act sets off a series of events that leaves Sophie feeling guilty and conflicted. And things dchrefer a turn for the worse when just after her mother sets off to release some bonobos into the wild, the Congo once again erupts into devastating violence.

As Sophie struggles to keep herself and her bonobo, Otto, alive, she’s forced to face the consequences of her own actions as well as the rndangered results of war. Despite the devastation that Sophie sees both inside and outside of the bonobo sanctuary, Sophie remains determined to survive, but at what cost.

Is it possible to survive a war without being corrupted by it? Several close calls including a near rape leave Sophie desperately hoping to find her mother in all the chaos. The book does contain numerous references to violence including burned villages, dead bodies, and vague references to rape. I found the relationship between Sophie and Otto to be very compelling as I read quickly to find out what would happen to them. Schrefer has created a remarkable story of survival and hope in a world gone to pieces.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I really loved this book: Most endearing was the increasingly tight bond she formed with Otto, an infant bonobo she rescued very early in the book. As their relationship grew, so did Sophie’s maturity. Given that the intended audience for Endangered is YA, Mr. Schrefer did an excellent job of telling a what would otherwise be a complex story without sacrificing too much in the way of drama.

I’ve traveled all over Africa, and while I’ve never been to Kinshasa, I have spent time in the troubled east, in and around Lake Kivu. The author wrote of a Congo I recognized, a complex and sometimes horrible and yet beautiful place. Rare is a work of fiction about Africa that gets ‘it’ right, but this was just such a book. I read a few other reviews that commented on how Sophie’s survival was unbelievable and that Schrefer should have placed his story in one of the all two real conflicts that the Congo has faced since I think these reviews miss the point.

The real likelihood is that had this story taken place in the ‘real’ Congo of, say, the second Congo War ofSophie would have been dead the first week. Sometimes, to tell a great story, realism is sacrificed In any case, Endangered, rose above itself: It was a deserving finalist for the National Book Award, and would have made a worthy winner.

Endangered is a riveting, realistic survival, adventure, coming-of-age story. The nail-biting suspense is smoothly fused with historical information on the Democratic Republic of the Congo and beautiful descriptions of the geography.


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I really appreciated that author, Eliot Schrefer, endanfered not idealize the efforts to save endangered species or simplify the complex problems in wartorn, poverty ridden Democratic Republic of the Congo. As protagonist Sophie quickly learns, nothing ever has a simple solution or a simple cause. Like many 14 year olds, Sophie would rather spend her summer hanging out with endwngered friends than her mother.

She resents being forced to leave Miami to go live in the jungle of the Congo where her mother runs a sanctuary for bonobos. A sincere, but foolish, mistake on her first day in the Congo results in Sophie becoming a surrogate mother to a baby bonobo.

Sophie did not plan on spending her summer babysitting, and little Otto requires almost 24 hour care. When a violent endahgered erupts and the violence finds its way to the sanctuary, Sophie refuses to abandon Otto and evacuate. Soon, Sopohie is all alone surrounded by ruthless soldiers. She is determined to save herself and Otto.

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Sophie must use the bonobos as her teachers for jungle survival and her instincts to keep them all alive. Her chances of finding anyone to help them or a place safe from the violence are grim, but Sophie knows without her the bonobos are doomed.

Sophie’s commitment is admirable, but very close to suicidal. Luckily, she has Otto, and the other bonobos, as her protectors. One person found this helpful. Endangered is a marvelous book for teens, but it is a book adults should read as well. It deals with the plight of endangered bonobos, but not in a didactic way. Rather, the reader experiences along with Sophie, the eendangered protagonist, the perilous political situation in the Congo and is led to see through Wchrefer eyes all the complexities that make saving the bonobos difficult.

In her attachment to Otto, the bonobo infant she rescues and assumes responsibility for, we see why saving the bonobos is so important. Her harrowing trek through the jungle with Otto and the constant threats they endure make the book impossible to put down.

The perils Sophie and Otto face reveal in microcosm the precarious state in which the people of the Congo exist. See all reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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