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Threatened (Ape Quartet #2)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  805 Ratings  ·  173 Reviews
Into the jungle. Into the wild. Into harm’s way.

When he was a boy, Luc’s mother would warn him about the “mock men” living in the trees by their home—chimpanzees whose cries would fill the night.

Luc is older now, his mother gone. He lives in a house of mistreated orphans, barely getting by. Then a man calling himself Prof comes to town with a mysterious mission. When Luc t
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Scholastic Press
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Becky This is not a direct sequel to Endangered. Eliot Schrefer plans to write four books, each revolving around one species of great ape. This is the…moreThis is not a direct sequel to Endangered. Eliot Schrefer plans to write four books, each revolving around one species of great ape. This is the second book in this group, and is focused more on chimpanzees. If you enjoyed reading Endangered I believe you would also like this book. :)(less)

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Maggie Stiefvater
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommended
As with ENDANGERED, I think this is a teen book that will resonate best with teens — I liked this one even better. Teachers/ librarians: plenty of stuff to talk about with your readers with these books.
jv poore
I want to crawl into this book and live forever with Luc and “his” chimpanzees. Mr. Schrefer’s adoration and admiration of these astounding creatures is obvious and contagious. His complete understanding of the logistics as to why the chimpanzees must be wild animals is as evident as the tug of emotion that wishes it wasn’t so.

Threatened isn’t a glossy, glowing fantasy of strolling under canopies of trees, munching fresh fruit, arms happily swinging without a care in the world. Luc’s story is t
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
With a title like “THREATENED” you would expect a book that is suspenseful, and then you see a cute little chimp hanging from a tree and your next thought is “awwww, poor chimp. This must be an ecological novel.” It is, in part, but it is also so much more than that. It is a novel about running from and confronting your fears, it is about making a family and a home, and it is about saving Chimpanzees.

Luc has always been afraid of the chimpanzees that lived in the jungle near his home. Their yell
Felicity Gibson
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
‘Threatened by Eliot Schrefer.’

Read March 15th 2014

I had no idea that this would be a book aimed at young people. To me it was a book aimed directly at myself – all of 70 years old! As a retired teacher, I felt that this book would make a wonderful discussion for High School or Middle School Students. There is so much going on. Basically it is a survivalism story.It begins in a poor town in Gabon; the protagonist is Luc, an AIDS orphan making a living on the streets and being exploited by a rea
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Schrefer is an incredibly talented writer; his settings feel authentic in that he makes far away places seem very close to home. I develop a strong kinship with his characters---animal or human.

I expected Threatened to be very similar to Endangered, but I was wrong. Endangered is about an American girl visiting her mother in a Congolese bonobo sanctuary when a civil war breaks out. Threatened, on the other hand, is about an orphan boy from Gabon who goes into the wild with a professor in order t
Sharman Russell
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really felt plunged into a different world, not only of chimpanzees in the jungle, but of being an AIDs orphan in the West African country of Gabon. Some initial details were horrifying--child thieves being threatened with having their hands cut off. I was glad that most of the story deals not with human brutalities but with the matter-of-fact realities of nonhuman nature--how leopards kill chimps, how chimps kill each other, how one animal eats another. The world of chimpanzees is also full o ...more
Fantastic story of survival, will, and empathy. I loved Endangered, but I think I liked this one even more! I found my next 6th grade read aloud.
Kanye Smith
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Threatened is by far one of the favorite books ever! As it turns enemies to friends, Eliot Schrefer makes you want to sit on the edge of your chair and read more. When he adds great detail and paints a picture in your head, it encourages you to stay tuned to what happens next.

In the book Threatened by Eliot Schrefer, a boy named Luc is forced to live in a house of mistreated orphans after his mother and sister die, and his father leaves them. When Luc brings home an occasional coin, it goes to h
Michelle Arrow
"I shut the book, smoothed my hands over the cover, and toyed with the spirals at the edge. I wanted to live inside that book. Which is how I knew I was staying."

When beginning and ending this book, this is how I felt and reacted:

At first, I decided to read this book because Eliot's debut, Endangered, was pretty good. It was well-written and captivating for my liking. He always deals with a concept that is unique and fresh. I dove right into it, considerably enjoying it through the middle. But
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 12-15
Recommended to Beverly by: Kirkus Starred Reviews
"I was finally making a choice of my own, and it made me feel a contentment that lived right next to terror." Luc is an AIDS orphan in Gabon who has known way too much loss and exploitation in his young life. When an Egyptian researcher offers him a job as his assistant, and the chance to escape the man who has enslaved him since his mother's death, Luc jumps at the chance even though he has only heard horror stories about the chimps who live in the dense Gabonese jungle. Eliot Schrefer's extens ...more
Stephanie A.
As in Endangered, Schrefer has created another fascinating, primate-centric novel in a world that would envelope me into its humid, exotic and wild terrain within seconds of opening its pages. I still do not like chimps quite as much as bonobos, but the ones Luc befriends here are quite charming. And this location is even more remote: you really are one with the chimpanzees, as for great sections of the book there are only one or two humans present, with no trace of civilization Inside.

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Wow - what an engrossing book! Schrefer's story about a teenage AIDS orphan in Gabon who befriends a family of chimpanzees while living in the jungle to study them is exciting, fascinating, disturbing and heart-warming all at the same time. Excellent setting and character development, plus a host of thorny issues to discuss make this a good choice for book groups/clubs. Threatened had a strong impact on me, and I can definitely see why it was a 2014 National Book Award finalist (http://www.natio ...more
Warren-Newport Public Library
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure, animals
This was an eye opening book. I have to admit I still don't love chimps as much as I love bonobos (after reading his last book), but I have a much bigger appreciation of them now. The two are our closest genetic relatives - which is why he has chosen to study them and write about them.

Schrefer's author's note is also incredibly important: "There are over fifty million AIDS orphans in sub-Saharan Africa: over 300 for each of the remaining wild chimpanzees. Outlooks for both of those populations a
Edward Sullivan
Luc lives in Gabon with other young AIDS orphans boys under the roof of Monsieur Tatagani, an unscrupulous , exploitive man. Professor Abdul Mohammad meets Luc and hires him as his assistant, taking him deep into the jungle to study chimpanzees. Luc discovers he has an interest and aptitude for the work, thrives under Prof’s tutelage. When Prof disappears under mysterious circumstances, Luc must survive on his own. It soon becomes clear to Luc that the human species are far less civilized than t ...more
Sarah Laurence
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fiction
On my best of 2014 list. Schrefer, who clearly did his research, delivers a strong wildlife conservation message while acknowledging human needs in developing countries. This story is educational but entertaining and would appeal to animal lovers and especially to boys who like adventure stories and don't mind gore.

Full review on my blog:
Caroline Gilicinski
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is now my favorite book ever! I love the story so much and love the character even more. I earned a lot while reading this, but it was not boring to learn. I love and have always loved monkey so much. When I read this book I felt like I was standing beside Luc the whole time, so it was actually fun to read this book.
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love this book!
Viola Sung
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
I am having trouble fitting into this book. A good number of people like it but this one isn't doing it for me.
Rajan Singh
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Threatened by Eliot Schrefer follows an aids orphan deep in the slums of Gabon Africa, named Luc, who has been sold into indentured servitude in order to pay off his he now deceased mother's hospital bills. He meets and befriends “prof” an Arabian professor who is an acclaimed researcher for national geographic. Prof uses counterfeit cash to free Luc from his debt, and take himself Luc and his pet chimpanzee deep into the jungles of Gabon to study chimpanzee behavior and how human activity has a ...more
Rachel Patrick
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I wish this cover was something similar to ENDANGERED's gorgeous hardcover (seen here), I am very much looking forward to THREATENED. I was quite fond of ENDANGERED, a different and unique YA book that featured one of my favorite things: animals. I'd recommend adding ENDANGERED and THREATENED to your TBR lists.


This review (and others) can be seen in all its proper formatting glory--and with quotes!--on my blog Beauty and the Bookshelf.

I'm spending too long thinking of a rating and i
Worthy - if slightly less hard hitting - follow-up to Schrefer's outstanding Endangered, as the previous book combined it's excellent "ape story" with a realistic and often brutal overview of the Congo's painful colonial past and tumultuous present.

Interesting that in his Author's Notes, Schrefer states that he wrote Threatened in part to compensate for the "bad rap" chimps got in Endangered - written before he read Jane Goodall's memoirs. Reminded me of Peter Benchley saying he could not write
Callie Hennessy
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
After reading this book, even though it was fiction, it gave me a new perspective. As an 8th grade girl who lives in a city life, this was very interesting to see how this boy (Luc) and Prof lived out in the jungle with monkeys. I've read Endangered before and since this was the second book in the series, I thought I should read it. Though it wasn't as good as the first book, it was still great. As I said before, it was about a boy who wasn't treated very well and was given a chance to do some r ...more
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is a great book that exhibits many environmental problems and issues in the world right now. The author was really creative to give the message that our nature is in danger through a story. At first, I picked up this book expecting an intense book, but in reality, tt is a novel about dealing and facing your fears, making a family and a home, and saving Chimpanzees.
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I was surprised about this book. I didn't like it at first, it was boring, the main character wasn't likable and the chimpanzees weren't the main focus, but it got better at about part three, when the chimps played more of a role and I really liked Luc, the main character, as the story went on. All in all, this deserves three stars.
Kim Miller
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great YA novel. With humanitarian themes ranging from child slavery, AIDS and the endangered chimps of Gabon, there's plenty for youth (and educators) to discuss and think about.
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Good because gives details and information on endangered animals but not one I would choose for myself.
Patricia Salvatore
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really 4.5. If not for the slow start, a 5.
Susan Eberhardt
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: award-winners
Survival story, set in Gabon, Africa. Luc is an orphan, rescued by Prof to go into the jungle to study chimpanzees. There, the two face hunger, bad weather, and danger from both animals and humans.
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In Threatened, by Eliot Schrefer, the author’s main message is to face one’s troubles boldly, instead of fleeing it. In the tropical, impoverished African country of Gabon, in a vague, time period that is not described by the author, thousands of orphaned children live on the dusty streets, begging for food and for money, and doing meager jobs and chores to sustain themselves. These orphans are cruelly treated, often severely abused, and the most have the HIV Virus. Told in first person, the boo ...more
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