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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.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780545551434
Branch Call Number: FIC/SCHREFER
Characteristics: 278 pages : map ; 22 cm


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CCPL_Teens May 22, 2021

After Luc's mother died he found himself deeply in debt due to her medical bills. Now Luc scrapes by performing odd jobs for tourists and occasionally picking pockets. One day he tries to steal a briefcase from a tourist and the man offers him a job instead of turning him in. The man is in Gabon studying chimpanzees and asks Luc to be his research assistant. Luc is scared of both the jungle and chimpanzees but he is willing to risk both to pay off his debts. However, the more Luc studies the chimpanzees the more he grows to understand and admire them.

m2 May 12, 2014

Threatened is Eliot Schrefer's second book about endangered apes; this one centers on Chimpanzees in Gabon. (The first Endangered, about bonobos in Congo, was named a finalist for the national book award.)
Threatened is the story of street orphan from Gabon who ends up living alone with a troop of chimpanzees. Extraordinarily compelling and fascinating, it is also at the same time quite assessable. His previous books, The School for Dangerous Girls and Glamorous Disasters among others, are written or kids who want to read for fun. So this story, so poetic and stirring, is written as popular and funny fiction, but about a topic about which Schrefer cares deeply.


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