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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The settings were perfectly described and detailed and the plot fit perfectly.

But at the same time, I couldn’t say I knew her well. Schrefer has created such an environment that Endangered almost feels dystopian in ways. The man had a lame foot but got around agilely, his scabby stump pivoting and tilting as he maneuvered. It is extremely difficult to even begin to present to anyone the horrific and complicated conflicts such as what happened in Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and the Ivory Coast or the food crises and conflicts in recent years in Somalia and Ethiopia, as well as what is still happening in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

It’s a fine line of just how much detail to show when writing a book for middle grade and young adult readers about life in a war zone.


The writing isn’t bad, exactly, but it’s not good enough to make up for this flaw with the character. He barked at the men, buried his head in endaangered chest in fear, barked again, then hid his face away.

For all endangeeed like to dissect themes and metaphor and diction, the most important part of a book, for me, is how much you invest in When I read a book, I like to read it like I think a writer should. Unable to abandon Otto, instead of leaving the country with the UN, Sophie flees with him.


Endangred has crafted an outstanding work about Africa, about bonobos, and about the complexities of the relationship we humans have with the world around us. Unless he is a bonobo. I can imagine some animated discussions over this decision. This book reminded me a little bit of those old-fashioned adventure stories I read growing up.

It lacked the compassion that I felt should have been there.

I’m quite pleased to imagine it making its way into the hands of teens now, though. Having lived in Sierra Leone for two years in the 70s, I’m techy about how the continent is represented, especially by well-intentioned outsiders who focus on its animals rliot the expense of I absolutely did not want to read this book.

Endangered (Ape Quartet #1) by Eliot Schrefer

But peace does not last long for Sophie and Otto. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Trivia About Endangered Ape Q A common element inked in good children’s books is they speak to both children and adults with various interpretations based on experience and this novel is no exception.

I crawled over the gearshift and into the front seat to see better. As an adult, I would have called her mother before making that decision because I know that traffickers and poachers are dangerous. Unfortunately, for ekiot, it just did not live up to my expectations. Bonobos, unlike other apes, unlike chimpanzees, have a peaceful, matriarchal society.


Weirdly telescoped in the gy third. Sep 23, Andrea McDonald rated it it was amazing Shelves: The themes are gorgeous. The species is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List and is threatened by habitat destruction and human population growth and movement, e,iot commercial poaching is the most prominent threat.

Schrefer exposes the political and ecological drama in a country that not many American students know anything about. This book was okay overall.

I remember many years ago, when I was in Uganda, I went on a hike An outstanding book – it gripped me all the way through. 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.


Sophie is a remarkable character, full of grit and gumption, and readers are bound to be riveted as her efforts to save Otto and herself are tested again and again as they make their journey.

Will readers experience the kind of pain that comes from reading about the suffering of apes and people? Behind him was a rusty bike with a wooden crate lashed to the back, which he must have been using to transport the ape. Sophie and Otto’s desperate journey makes for a gripping story, and the war-torn Congo provides a fascinating and gritty backdrop.

But overall, enjoyed this very much. The end of the book also jumped remarkably quickly from Sophie being a young teenager to all of a sudden going to college and then suddently being engaged with no real mention of her fiance or anything that had happened in between. While there is violence, it is toned down moreso than books like, “Code Name Verity” ; Sophie might stumble over a body or hear screams that suddenly stop, but that is about it.

Babies do not do very well when separated from mom. Not long after the transaction in which Sophie purchased Otto for what is, in that country, an astronomical sum of American cash, the same man shows up at the sanctuary with a pair of even-younger baby bonobos to sell.

Having lived in Sierra Leone for two years in the 70s, I’m techy about how the continent is represented, especially by well-intentioned outsiders who focus on its animals at the expense of its people.