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The compelling tale of a girl who must save a group of bonobos--and herself--from a violent coup.

The Congo is a dangerous place, even for people who are trying to do good.

When one girl has to follow her mother to her sanctuary for bonobos, she's not thrilled to be there. It's her mother's passion, and she'd rather have nothing to do with it. But when revolution breaks out
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Paperback, 305 pages
Published April 1st 2013 by Chicken House (first published September 2012)
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Jolai Torres Hello,the man wanted enough money to get himself back to his family and to support him self (clothes,food,etc;). He wanted more money from…moreHello,the man wanted enough money to get himself back to his family and to support him self (clothes,food,etc;). He wanted more money from Sophie.Clement didn't want her giving her money to any old creepy guy.She didn't trust the guy especially living in such a country where "bullet holes have bullet holes" as you read on pg 1-3.Have a nice day,thank you for letting me share with you!(less)
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Maggie Stiefvater
Five Things about Endangered:

1. This is the first five star review I've given that is five stars for how I would've viewed this book as the target audience. This book is an upper YA, and although I enjoyed it, it would've made my eyes huge with wonder and shock as a fourteen year old unaware of the history of the Congo. I'm quite pleased to imagine it making its way into the hands of teens now, though. It's one of those books that makes you look at your own culture a little differently; makes yo
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Monica Edinger
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely did not want to read this book. The advance reader copy sat on my shelf for months untouched as I assumed it was yet another book offering a simplistic view of Africa, one that focused on the plight of an exotic animal while barely acknowledging the complications of the people who lived around it. Having lived 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 ...more
Shomeret
This is a YA book for mature readers who don't flinch from reading about horrific violence against animals and human beings. It's about a very courageous fourteen year old girl whose mother runs a sanctuary for bonobo apes in a country in chaos where bonobos are sold on the black market and routinely slaughtered. It's an extremely powerful book and an important one.

I also very much liked the interview with author Eliot Schrefer at the back of the book. I found it very insightful. I was very int
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Donalyn
Part adventure story. Part socially and political commentary. Wholly remarkable.
Laura McNeal
This is a great book in two important ways: 1) it's an eloquent, deeply empathetic book about being a young, vulnerable person in the midst of a violent civil war, and 2) the young, vulnerable person is given an even smaller, more vulnerable creature to protect and save. I think the second part illustrates the singular role that young people's literature can play in the world, and how it differs from regular coming-of-age novels written for adults.

To tell a story about a 14-year-old Congolese-A
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Barb Middleton
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lisa vegan
I started twiddling out reviews as a class assignment two years ago thinking it would help me remember novels when book-talking with students. Lo and behold, this reflection process has been like a boiling hotpot with questions bubbling to the surface as I bumble along. What makes children's books great versus average or what makes picture books rise to an artistic level? What began as an assignment has morphed into an enjoyable blogging journey into the world of children's literature. A common ...more
Kate
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always felt like the big issues of our world - war, politics, conservation - are best understood not in the context of great big international features in the New York Times but through the personal stories, and ENDANGERED is one of those. Set in war torn Congo, this is the story of a girl and the bonobo she saves, who ends up saving her right back. It's part survival story, part adventure, part coming-of-age tale, and all wonderful. Recommended for ages 12 and up, with the understanding th ...more
Michael
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Did you know that bonobos are great apes (not monkeys)? Did you know that Endangered is a great book (about apes)? It is. This book is awesome. Sophie and Otto's desperate journey makes for a gripping story, and the war-torn Congo provides a fascinating and gritty backdrop. And oh those bonobos! The descriptions of their behavior and interactions are fascinating and expertly woven into the narrative. Two opposable thumbs up!
Mary
A heartwrenching novel about a fourteen-year-old American-Congolese girl and her harrowing adventure to save an endangered bonobo in the wartorn Democratic Republic of Congo. Schrefer has done a great deal of research to make this true to the circumstances and does not sugarcoat the terrible truth of the human and animal suffering that is created by greed and corruption. A riveting story that makes you care about the human characters and animals, that explains with a good story the current event ...more
Emmy Gregory
The problem I had with this book is that the main protagonist is a stupid impulsive brat who brings everything bad that happens to her onto herself by being a complete idiot. I couldn't get past that. The writing isn't bad, exactly, but it's not good enough to make up for this flaw with the character. I wanted to punch her.
Wendy
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Weirdly telescoped in the last third. I'd expected the first third to take up the whole book, but it wasn't just that... things just happened very fast, without the level of detail I'd become accustomed to. But overall, enjoyed this very much. It has a very Hunger Gamesy vibe to it, for people who liked Hunger Games for the reasons I did. (Girl surviving in the woods!)
Laura Resau
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely LOVED this book!
Laura Phelps
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: possiblemsba2012
I loved everything about this book. The setting was compelling, the characters (both human and primate) were exceptionally well drawn, and the storyline was absolutely riveting.
Joanna Marple
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Synopsis: Sophie is a spunky, honest and intelligent fourteen year-old. She is biracial, with an Italian American father and Congolese mother, who are divorced. Though in high school in the US, she spends her summers at her mother’s bonobo sanctuary just outside Kinshasa, trying to bond with her distant mother, but also sharing her mother’s passion for these endangered apes. The day of her arrival for her summer stay, she makes a poor judgment call, though out of compassion, and we find her in t ...more
Andrea McDonald
An outstanding book - it gripped me all the way through. I'm very much looking forward to sharing this as a read-aloud with my students - or at least excerpts of it. I'm also excited about meeting Eliot Schrefer when he comes to visit UWC in November. The hope that the wildlife of the Congo can be saved is brought to light - in stark contrast to the plight of its people and their need to survive - often at the expense of wildlife. I remember many years ago, when I was in Uganda, I went on a hike ...more
Richie Partington
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Richie’s Picks: ENDANGERED by Elliot Schrefer, Scholastic Press, November 2012, 272p., ISBN: 978-0-545-16576-1

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir, as quoted in Phillip Hoose’s MOONBIRD (2012)

“Imagine all the people living life in peace”
-- John Lennon (1971)

“The men said something in Swahili, then suddenly they were all moving toward me. I was nervous, but not really scared – I was only a hundred yards away from the sanctuary ent
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Estelle
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. Her mother has dedicated her life to the bonobo – a chimp-like animal who is actually the human’s closest relative (we share 98.7% of the same DNA). Ironically, her mother’s dedication to keeping the bonobos safe in an enclosure
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Gillian Berry
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I read a book, I like to read it like I think a writer should. That means I look out for structure, pacing, character develop, word usage. I try to read critically (you wouldn’t know it from looking at my most recent reviews, because I’ve been lucky enough to only read good books). I started Endangered like that: focused. Critical.

I ended it a sobbing mess.

For all reviewers like to dissect themes and metaphor and diction, the most important part of a book, for me, is how much you invest in
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Ed
Schrefer, E. (2012). Endangered. New York: Scholastic Press. 264 pp. ISBN: 978-0-545-16576-1. (Hardcover); $17.99.

Bonobos! Who knew? Schrefer’s National Book Award nominated title features bonobos, a close relative to the chimpanzee and the Democratic Republic of Congo, a land torn by violence and corruption. While this book is fiction, it is based on the very real situation in the Congo and Schrefer’s research at the Lola Ya Bonobo sanctuary.

Sophie is Congolese and American. Her mother loves h
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Sandy
I found out about this book when fellow educators had mentioned it on Twitter and then again during a conference workshop, so I could hardly wait to get my hands on it. Unfortunately, for me, it just did not live up to my expectations. I love the concept of it, and appreciate the fact that it doesn't shy away from difficult concepts as many young adult books tend to do, but the writing did not engage me. I thought that it lacked details and jumped from one event to the next without a whole lot o ...more
Anne Willkomm
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book as a promo give away at the recent Publishing Perspectives/Scholastic conference: "YA- What's Next." I began reading it on the train as I headed home and could't put it down. I wish I had known how much I was going to enjoy it because Eliot Schrefer was at the conference - I would have asked him to sign my copy!

The story begins in the Congo with Sophie - a 14-year-old American. Her parents divorced and she moved back to the states with her father, but she summers i
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J L's Bibliomania
Do you ever put down a book in disgust wanting to say to the main character "I can't believe you did something so impulsive and short-sighted" but at the same time knowing that sometimes without the apparently stupid act there would be no story? Such a moment comes about 1/3 of the way through Endangered when protagonist Sophie Biyoya-Ciardulli gets off the UN van that would have gotten her out of The Democratic Republic of Congo immediately after the coup in favor of staying with the orphaned b ...more
Valerie Smith
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 blossoms as she becomes the adoptive mother 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
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Josie
Nov 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
One issue I had was with the first person narration. I feel like I shouls have such a clearer picture of Sophie and what kind of person she is, but most of the time she came across as a typical stubborn, impulse decision making teenager. Also she was running around in the jungle in the middle of a dangerous political upheaval and the worst things that happened to her was being hungry and thirsty, a small barely breaking the skin bonobo bite, a leech and an itchy rash? It felt a little too pat to ...more
Jenniferpawlik
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read-recommended by a student. It seemed as if this could have been a fact-based book, but it turns out to be fiction. The story is that of a girl who visits her mom in Conga right before a war breaks out. She essentially falls in love with a bonobo and goes out of her way to protect him, while putting herself in extreme danger. I was reminded of the Poisonwood Bible and other stories of Jane Goodall & Dian Fossey. It was an exciting read-I recommend it.
Linda
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast-paced adventure story set in the Congo, amidst the background of revolution, violence, survival, and the love of a young orphan animal. Great for animal lovers and anyone wanting to learn more about Africa, or the great apes called bonobos. Wow.
Noe
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Endangered” by Eliot Schrefer is a beautiful realistic fiction book about a girl named Sophie who has to spend her summer caring for bonobos. When Sophie has to travel to Congo, a dangerous country on its way to war, She is not thrilled. As an American Teenager, working at a sanctuary for the primates is not ideal. But, When she finds a man carrying a dead bonobo and a very sick bonobo, Sophie makes the decision to buy the sick one. Sophie spends her summer taking care of Otto, bonobo and worki ...more
Maureen
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Sophie is spending the summer with her mother, staying at her bonobo sanctuary in the Congo. When she comes upon a man trying to sell a baby bonobo who was obviously in poor health, she gathers the US dollars she has and buys him. Baby bonobos stay attached to their mothers for the first 6-8 years of their lives, and Sophie finds herself makeshift mother to Otto, this newest addition to the sanctuary. Civil unrest breaks out and Sophie finds herself having to choose between being rescued by Unit ...more
Stefanie Lamp'L
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sophie was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Now she just goes back to visit her mother who has a bonobo sanctuary there. When she was young she saw Congo as a beautiful country full of colors. Now coming back it is as if Congo is another world. What was once beautiful, has become scary and unsettling. Sophie ends up saving a baby bonobo from a man who is selling him on the streets, much to her mother's disapproval because there is a correct way to save the bonobos and that was not it. S ...more
georgia
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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