Friday, July 26, 2013

Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

EndangeredEndangered by Eliot Schrefer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

American Sophie is visiting the Congo and her mother's Bonobo preserve when she rescues a terrified baby bonobo from a smuggler. As war breaks out, Sophie and Otto, her bonobo, must battle all kinds of horror (no food and water, child soldiers, AIDs) in order to survive. Schrefer's characters, setting, and the Congo culture are rich in description, superstition, as well as the poverty that crushes the people and animals in an overpopulated, undereducated community. Sophie experiences growth and compassion for her mother, her preserve, and the bonobos who share 98% of our DNA. A must read for animal lovers and world civilization social studies classes.

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