I was absolutely delighted when I was approved to read Eliot Schrefer’s new book “Threatened” through Netgalley. If you have not read his incredible first book “Endangered” then you have missed out on one of the best books to come out in the last few years. In fact, “Endangered” was a top 5 contender for Global Read Aloud last year. With “Threatened” we are no longer in the Congo but instead in Gabon following a new character and this book amazingly is aas good as “Endangered.” In fact, it was so good that I read it in a day and then pre-ordered it for my classroom. However, this is still a mature book, my more mature 5th graders can handle it but it not for the faint of heart, which is fine with me. The subject matter is mature and the author writes a beautiful story that handles the subject in a worthy way.
Bottomline: Incredible second book by Eliot Schrefer that can be placed in a 5th grade classroom and up but it is for more mature readers. This book is a big contender for Global Read Aloud 2014.
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 tries to rob him, the man isn’t mad. Instead, he offers Luc a job.
Together, Luc and Prof head into the rough, dangerous jungle in order to study the elusive chimpanzees. There, Luc finally finds a new family — and must act when that family comes under attack.
As he did in his acclaimed novel Endangered, a finalist for the National Book Award, Eliot Schrefer takes us somewhere fiction rarely goes, introducing us to characters we rarely get to meet. The unforgettable result is the story of a boy fleeing his present, a man fleeing his past, and a trio of chimpanzees who are struggling not to flee at all.