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)