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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Sep 23, Andrea McDonald rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sophie is a endagered 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.

Shortly after Sophie’s arrival the war arrives at the sanctuary. Excellent read-recommended by a student. I absolutely did not want to read this book. Sophie is left on her own with her bonobo, who she refused to leave behind to save herself.

I worried about them, cheered for them, cried for them. It is a land where 5. Dec 31, Shomeret rated it it was amazing Shelves: It takes no time at all for the two of them to become permanently connected, Sophie functioning as the young bonobo’s mother. Without giving away any of the plot Sophie cleverly works her way out endamgered what could have been a violent rape situation.


Schrefer’s prose are fluid and keep the reader fully entrenched in the novel. The bonobos are as real as people. Now she just goes back to visit her mother who has a bonobo sanctuary there.

I never felt overwhelmed, just thrust into this world and its characters. Together, they will fight to keep safe, to eat, and to eiot. Sophie’s mother has been running a bonobo sanctuary for over six years and has the knowledge and tools to deal with this type of situation. Nov 14, Josie rated it liked it Shelves: The narrative is gripping from page one and Sophie faces horrific challenges in a credible way as a mature biracial teen with a dependent.

This is the first five star review I’ve given that is five stars for how I would’ve viewed this book as xchrefer target audience.

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Her long journey to find her mother who is at a release site is fraught with the inevitable dangers of a young female girl in a war zone. This is technically a thriller, fast paced, with gasp-inducing developments. Her discomfort of living in the jungle and dealing with mosquitoes, leeches, crickets, and more, involve the reader’s senses creating a vivid atmosphere and setting.

While recognizing the plight of the humans, readers will also care about what happens to these peaceful animals. Unless he is a bonobo. S Sophie was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Not long after the transaction in which Sophie purchased Otto for what is, in that enangered, an astronomical sum of American cash, the same man shows up at the sanctuary with a pair of even-younger baby bonobos to sell.


When the men stopped, Otto lost his nerve and ran endangerer back to me, nearly bowling me over when he leaped into my arms. When one girl has to follow her mother to her sanctuary for bonobos, she’s not thrilled to be there.


Well written and thoughtful, Endangered provides a heart wrenching and action packed novel that readers of any age will enjoy.

I’m very much looking forward to sharing this as a read-aloud with my students – or at least excerpts of it.

Schrefe all 10 questions about Endangered…. Oct 10, Laura McNeal rated it it was amazing Shelves: It seemed as if this could have been a fact-based book, but it turns out to be fiction.

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Here is a book that we can share with school life science departments. Of all the feelings to learn about through literature, I can ebdangered of none more ennobling than that: The constant tension from Sophie’s life being threatened, by either the rebel soldiers or bonobos as she figures out their hierarchy, makes this a page turner. Then war strikes and Sophie must flee unprepared with her only friend deep into the jungle.

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