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Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
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Sep 25, 12

Read in September, 2012

I LOVED this book. Not just because Eliot's writing is fantabulous but the setting is so rich, so different from my daily life and the lives of most Americans. The conflict is rooted in reality. It stands out in a YA field full of fantasy-drenched, royal-chosen-one MCs, wizards-that-rule-badly with zero basis in reality.

In the first chapter, the MC buys a bonobo - a small ape- from a street vendor, something her mother has forbidden. At first it seems like her mother is unnecessarily harsh, but when the same man returns two months later with two more babies for her to rescue (buy)...and bonobos are only separated from their mothers by killing the parent...it becomes clear why this is forbidden. In a country where $100 can feed a family for months, the goal of freeing animals from illegal hunters is fraught with ethical dilemmas. As is this entire book. When a military coup renders the Congo unstable (again), the heroine must not only keep herself alive in the jungle, she must also keep the bonobos who have adopted her from getting slaughtered. Her journey to safety is amazing, heartbreaking and entirely too real.

Put this on your TBR list. You won't regret it.
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