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Schrefer, Eliot.


New York : Scholastic, 2012


ISBN 0545165768

2 booktalks

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Booktalk #1

Fourteen-year-old Sophie rescues Otto, a young bonobo chimp, from an animal trader while spending the summer at her mother's bonobo sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Otto is in bad shape, malnourished and beaten and missing two fingers. --The locals are superstitious, her mother explains - “Soup with a bonobo finger in it is supposed to make a pregnant woman give birth to a strong baby. Putting another finger in the bathwater keeps the baby strong.”

Despite her mother’s scolding for encouraging the animal trader with the purchase, Sophie pledges to nurse Otto back to health. Bonobos share 98.7% of human DNA and like human babies, bonobo babies bond with their mother.

While Sophie’s mother is on a research trip, the President is assassinated and war breaks out. Sophie has a chance to return home to her father in the United States but can’t bear to leave Otto. Instead, she runs. She and Otto escape into the bonobo enclosure. Trapped between the rebel soldiers and the wild bonobos, Sophie must find her way across the jungle to find her mother...    (New Hampshire Isinglass Teen Book Award, 2014)

Booktalk #2

Imagine flying to another country to spend the summer with your mother who just happens to live with a group of Bonobos or pigmy Chimpanzees. Sophie plans to spend the summer in the Bonobo sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Instead, Sophie finds herself falling in love with a baby chimp named Otto. When the president of the Republic of the Congo is assassinated, she finds herself running for her life. Sophie spends the summer hiding from soldiers with the group of Bonobos while raising and protecting Otto. -Peg Bruch, Bangor Area High School.  (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

SUBJECTS:      Bonobo -- Fiction.

                        Apes -- Fiction.

                        Animal sanctuaries -- Fiction.

                        Wildlife rescue -- Fiction.

                        Divorce -- Fiction.

                        Racially mixed people -- Fiction.

                        Blacks Congo (Democratic Republic) -- Fiction.

                        Congo (Democratic Republic) -- Fiction.


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