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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Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Apr 11, Sandy rated it it was ok Shelves: The perils Sophie and Otto face reveal in microcosm the precarious state in which the achrefer of the Congo exist. Although usually I have trouble getting into realistic fiction books I was immediately hooked by Endangered.

Or at least well enough to see her thoughts.

Her chances of finding anyone to endsngered them or a place safe from the violence are grim, but Sophie knows without her the bonobos are doomed. Caught in the crosshairs of a lethal conflict, they must struggle to keep safe, to eat, and to live.

This spontaneous act sets off a series of events that leaves Sophie feeling guilty and conflicted. At first I thought he was a simple beggar, but then I saw he was dragging a small creature by its arms. Man, I really enjoy saying that word out loud.

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I really loved this book: Having endangerec 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 I absolutely did not want to read this book. Will readers experience the kind of pain that comes from reading about the suffering of apes and people? One section becomes particularly intense when Sophie has to deal with a drunk boy soldier.

Most endearing was the increasingly tight bond she formed with Otto, an infant bonobo she rescued very early in the book. Visit him online at www. But when revolution breaks out The compelling tale of a girl who must save a group of bonobos–and herself–from a violent coup.


Jun 25, Maggie Stiefvater rated it it was amazing Shelves: Definitely it has schrwfer gritty sense of place and history that seems to evade Pooh Corner. Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog A powerful departure from a world of love triangles, high school drama, and gossip, Endangered is an addictive and emotional read about a girl named Sophie, who is visiting her mother in the Congo during her summer break.

There’s something a bit timeless about the telling of it, about the girl-and-an-animal element, about the questing-for-safety.

I wanted to punch her. Then Otto, an infant bonobo, comes into her life, and for the first time she feels responsible for another creature. I think these reviews miss the point.

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The species is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List and is threatened by habitat destruction and human population growth and movement, though commercial poaching is the most prominent threat. Books by Eliot Schrefer. Feminists have had the same insight about violence against women and children.

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. The bonobos are as real as people. This is a great eliott in two important ways: One of the ways that Schrefer softens the truth without perverting or destroying it is that he takes the scgrefer bonding story my favorite of this type being Where the Red Fern Grows and sets it in an African country during a war.

Schrefer’s prose are fluid and keep the reader fully entrenched in the novel. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.


It is artfully written and I felt myself re-experiencing the humidity and insect-infestation of the jungle, the dry manioc fields, the hollow sunken faces of people starving to death. Schrefer exposes the political and ecological drama in a country that not many American endangrred know anything about.


The bond between Sophie and Otto is evident from the very beginning. What was once beautiful, has become scary and unsettling.

Bonobos are born helpless, and dchrefer provide the majority of the parental, since paternity is usually unclear. Her love for bonobos and the sanctuary blossoms as eliiot becomes the adoptive mother to Otto. Her schgefer loves her family, but her family is not as important to her as her work with the bonobos, which has driven her father away.

A heart wrenching, action packed novel Sophie travels to the Congo, where her mother runs a sanctuary for bonobos. An outstanding book – it gripped me all the way through. 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.

That scrhefer I look out for structure, pacing, character develop, word usage. While on their way and nearing a checkpoint: Dec 27, Kate rated it it was amazing. Well written and thoughtful, Endangered provides a heart wrenching and action packed novel that readers of any age will enjoy.

Lists with This Book. Why some may ask, when the world is so screwed up for so many people, do some of us care so much about the various domesticated and wild non-human species like these bonobos. This relationship between a peace-loving ape and its surrogate mother, and this growing bond, are the focus of endangwred narrative against the backdrop of the typical violence, fear, violation and desperation that a corrupt, weakened war-torn nation brings.