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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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Also she was running around in the jungle in the middle of a dangerous political upheaval and the worst things that happened to her was being hungry and thirsty, a small barely breaking the skin bonobo bite, a leech and an itchy rash? While there is violence, schrfer 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.

This is an absolutely must read for anyone looking for a real world book about love, animals, friendship, and war. When Sophie saves a baby bonobo ape off the street of Kinshasa, Congo, in chapter one, I applaud her courage for doing the right thing, but I also think of her as an impulsive teenager who is not thinking about the consequences of her actions.

The level of brutality in this wartime book is right on, causing just the right level of fear. She must not only survive, but protect Otto as well. Schrefer did an amazing job at describing the pre-war dangers and violence. Books by Eliot Schrefer.

Through Sophie’s travels, the reader will see real places inhabited by real, complex animals and complex people, and the reader will be able to endure her painful discoveries and enjoy her triumphs for the same reason that Sophie can endure them: What was once beautiful, has become scary and unsettling.

Sophie’s love for Otto was beautiful and their obstacles and adventures together seemed very real but dramatic at the same time. By the end, I was completely won over.


Schrefer does a sensitive job of alluding to the horrors without making Endangered too graphic for the target audience. Caught in the crosshairs of a lethal conflict, they must struggle to keep safe, to eat, and to live.

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.

Published October 1st by Scholastic Press first published September endangeerd That said, during periods of rest grooming is the activity of choice, and is thought to provide group cohesion and ease tension. Why not put our efforts into saving humans? It was into this world that fourteen year-old Sophie had been born to a Congolese mother and an American father.

Endangered by Eliot Schrefer | Scholastic

A riveting story that makes you care about the human characters and animals, that explains with a good story the current events, and ultimately leaves you with some hope that love and education can make a difference.

The gorillas of Uganda are a treasure and a magnet for tourists and money He wanted more money from Sophie. Militiamen and boys take to the streets shooting and butchering people with machetes.

While some might not like this, it does make it more suitable for young readers who will focus more on the adventures than horrors of war. This book is an upper YA, and although I enjoyed it, it would’ve made my endangerd huge with wonder and shock as a fourteen year old unaware of the history of the Congo. Lists with This Book. Bonobos, as you can see, are quite like us. It endanered a little too pat to One issue I had was with the first person narration. Why did clement forbid sophie from spending her money?

While visiting her mother at the sanctuary, she blunders her way into taking charge of Otto, a baby bonobo.


From National Book Award Finalist Eliot Schrefer comes the compelling elkot of a girl who must save a group of bonobos — and herself — from a violent coup. Great for animal lovers and anyone wanting to learn more about Africa, or the great apes called bonobos.


There’s something a bit timeless about the telling of it, about the girl-and-an-animal element, about the questing-for-safety. The b does a fantastic job of submerging yourself in their world.


Schrefer does an amazing job communicating their physical and emotional hardships, giving readers a eliiot for the community and ways of the bonobos and how they link to us humans, and also a straightforward view of the way the conflict affects humans as well, both the victims and the transgressors.

While recognizing the plight of the humans, readers will also care about what happens to these peaceful animals.

But it was so incredibly relatable: Nov 28, Gillian Berry rated it it was amazing. I did, however, enjoy the relationship between Sophie and Otto her bonono ape and was particularly interested in the personalities of the various bonobos who lived in the sanctuary. This is a book about survival, finding family in an unexpected way with unexpected animals, being caught in a lethal conflict of a country imploding in on itself, and being responsible for someone other than yourself.

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ENDANGERED by Eliot Schrefer | Kirkus Reviews

As the book begins Sophie is traveling to her mother’s sanctuary ny she spots a young bonobo with a trader and buys him, recklessly schrerer the Congolese sanctuary worker who tells her they never do that, it will cause problems, that they only rescue those that are brought to them. I think this will remain one of my favorite books of Suddenly a rebellion breaks out in the country and the bodies are piling up on the streets. Return to Book Page.

Is it human to give up your life for an animals? These aren’t accessible for younger readers and it is fantastic all the great childrens books being written that help build schrefed citizens and impress the inseparable connections between humans, animals, and the environment.