Cover image for Threatened / Eliot Schrefer.
Threatened / Eliot Schrefer.
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New York : Scholastic Incorporated, [2015]

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278 pages ; 21 cm
Luc is an orphan, living in debt slavery in Gabon, until he meets a Professor who claims to be studying chimpanzees, and they head off into the jungle--but when the Professor disappears, Luc has to fend for himself and join forces with the chimps to save their forest.
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*A 2014 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST*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.

Author Notes

Eliot Schrefer is a notable, best-selling young adult author. Schrefer attended Harvard University, where he graduated with High Honors in French and American literature.

Schrefer's first novel, Glamorous Disasters, was a somewhat autobiographical tale of a young man living in Harlem and paying off college debt while tutoring Fifth-Avenue families. After writing another novel for adults, he turned to young adult fiction with The School for Dangerous Girls, about a boarding school for criminal young ladies. That book was selected as a "Best of the Teen Age" by the New York Public Library, and his next novel, The Deadly Sister, earned a starred review from School Library Journal.

Schrefer's fifth novel Endangered, about a girl surviving wartime in Congo with an orphan bonobo ape, was a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature, one of NPR's "Best of 2012," and an editor's choice in The New York Times. ELIOT SCHREFER is also the author of Threatened, a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature in 2014, about a boy surviving in the jungles of Gabon alongside chimpanzees and Rise and Fall, the sixth book in the Spirit Animals Series.

Schrefer's works have been translated into many languages including German, Russian, Polish, Taiwanese, Bulgarian, and Japanese.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Schrefer switches focus from bonobos to chimpanzees in this engrossing, meticulously researched, and gripping tale of survival in the deep wilds of Gabon, a thematic follow-up to 2012's Endangered. Luc, a 13-year-old orphan and debt slave, is hired by Prof, who wants to become the first African "janegoodall," and the two venture into the jungle to study the chimpanzees that dwell within. When tragedy strikes, Luc is left alone, forced to survive by any means necessary. Forging a tentative truce with a small family of chimpanzees, he ekes out a desperate though increasingly satisfying existence. As man and "mock man" grow to understand one another, they take on all manner of threats, including human hunters, animal predators, and even another chimpanzee tribe. Schrefer's passion for the material and empathy for the characters shows on every page, and his non-human subjects are every bit as complex and fascinating as narrator Luc. The setting comes fully to life, and Schrefer pulls no punches as he showcases the beauty and danger of both urban Gabon and the jungle. Ages 12-up. Agent: Richard Pine, InkWell Management. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

As a young boy, Luc cowered in terror at the nighttime screams of the "mock men," the chimpanzees in the forest surrounding his village in Gabon. Years later, after being orphaned by AIDS, the teenager is scraping by in the city when he encounters the mysterious "Prof." This self-described "world-renowned expert on chimpanzees" pays off Luc's debts to the brutal Monsieur Tatagani and takes the boy into the forest to assist in his scientific studies. Sturdy and determined, Luc becomes an astute chimp observer, overcoming his childhood fears as he comes to understand the creatures. When disaster strikes, he not only figures out how to survive but finds a new family, home, and vocation as well. Schrefer, in this carefully researched companion to Endangered (rev. 1/13), gives readers an exciting adventure story while deepening their understanding of primates and their place in the natural world. The book is filled with sensory detail -- the city and jungle settings pulse with vitality -- and the characters, human and nonhuman alike, are well drawn. Schrefer's compassion and empathy for the people and chimpanzees and other animals of this part of Africa come through loud and clear. Back matter includes an informative author's note, recommendations for further reading, and suggestions for how to help stop animal cruelty. monica edinger (c) Copyright 2014. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.