Heart of Danger


Author – Eliot Schrefer

Age – 13+

After growing up in the Congo, Sophie returns to the USA with her father, leaving her mother behind who chose to stay and work in a sanctuary she has established for orphaned primates.

On a trip back to the Congo, Sophie saves a very young bonobo from a trader and becomes his mother. Sophie’s mum is cross that Sophie paid for the bonobo as this encourages the trade but Sophie couldn’t bear to leave him. A very strong bond develops between girl and ape, and when the centre is attacked by militants, Sophie has to face terrible challenges to save her bonobo and herself.

A fantastic way to learn about the bonobo ape.

(Conflict, Bravery, Family, Animals, Bonobo Ape)


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