Endangered: A Book Report.
“Endangered” by Eliot Schrefer is a story about a 14-year old girl named Sophie who lives in Miami with her father and goes to visit her mother in the Democratic Republic of Congo for 2 months. The story is set in Congo and begins when Sophie is on her way from school to the sanctuary her mother founded to save bonobo apes with the help of the Ministry of the Environment. Sophie rescues a baby bonobo ape from a man in the street by paying the man one hundred dollars. She takes the baby ape to her mother at the sanctuary. Her mother is not happy with what she did because buying a baby ape from a trader on the street creates a market for baby apes, which is what her mother is trying to stop. Sophie’s mother makes Sophie responsible for the baby ape, his “mama,” and Sophie must care for him day and night. The bonobo apes are an endangered species but there are hunters who will kill the mothers in order to get the babies so that they can sell them.
Soon the trader arrives at the sanctuary with two more baby apes trying to sell them, too. Sophie’s mother has to scare the man away along with the two terrified baby apes. Sophie eventually names the baby ape she saved, Otto, which means “eight” in Italian because he is missing two fingers and Sophie is half Italian.
Sophie’s mother arranged to release some of the adult bonobos back into the wild and leaves shortly before Sophie is scheduled to return to Miami. But while her mother is away, civil war breaks out in Congo. Rather than leave when the United Nations come to collect American citizens, Sophie decides to stay with Otto because he cannot bear to be separated from her and she is fearful of what will become of him without her there. Then, Sophie becomes “endangered” just like the bonobo apes as the militants break into the capital and surrounding areas, including the sanctuary. The militants begin killing people and burning their homes, so Sophie takes refuge within the ape enclosure where the adult bonobos live. The enclosure is not safe for humans, but it is safer than outside the enclosure where the militants are killing people.
You can purchase this book on Amazon and describes the book as “From National Book Award Finalist Eliot Schrefer comes the compelling tale of a girl who must save a group of bonobos — and herself — from a violent coup.”
I don’t want to give away the ending but I will say it is definitely worth reading, a very gripping book and an exciting adventure. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a great adventure.