A heart wrenching, action packed novel
Sophie travels to the Congo, where her mother runs a sanctuary for bonobos. Along the way, she meets Otto, a baby bonobo, and instantly connects with the abused and starving creature. Her love for bonobos and the sanctuary that rescues them blossoms as she becomes the adoptive mother a friend to Otto. Then war strikes and Sophie must flee unprepared with her only friend deep into the jungle. She must not only survive, but protect Otto as well. As they trek across the Congo, surrounded by conflict and despair, Sophie and Otto, depend on each other for survival. Paired with an ape that shares 99% of our own DNA, Schrefer beautifully illustrates the relationship between human and animals, and the bonds that can develop.
Amid the horrors of war, Sophie finds love, friendship, and compassion. Through the tragedy of conflict and the poverty of the Congo, Sophie’s character explores kindness and sacrifice, and the depths of emotion humankind can reach when forced to survive.
Well written and thoughtful, Endangered provides a heart wrenching and action packed novel that readers of any age will enjoy.
Recommended for readers age 12-17, Endangered is scheduled for release October 1, 2012, but is currently available from Scholastic in select bookfairs.