Posted in 2014-2015 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Threatened, by Eliot Schrefer

ThreatenedSummary:  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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2 thoughts on “Threatened, by Eliot Schrefer

  1. I like how the author created imagery with Luc living in this jungle with Prof and finding chimpanzees to see what they do for their everyday life.

  2. I found this book to be extremely interesting. A Gabonese orphan, Luc, meets a professor in Franceville and becomes his assistant as he and Prof travel into the jungle to research chimpanzees. Luc and Prof soon meet three chimpanzees whom Luc calls “Mango,” “Drummer,” and “Beggar.” Beggar, the mother of both Drummer and Mango, is ill and is killed in her weakened state by a leopard. Luc helps both Mango and Drummer survive and they actually become what could be called friends. Soon after Beggar dies, Prof is killed by the same leopard and Luc goes to live with Drummer, Mango, and the other chimpanzees. I feel that I’ve learned a lot about the chimpanzees’ way of life, and Gabon as well.
    The setting was definitely the best part of this book. The jungle was described wonderfully and I could picture Luc’s surroundings in each and every scene. However, I sometimes felt like the description was a bit too detailed, especially at the scenes of Beggar’s death and when Luc discovers the leopard’s lair with Prof’s remains inside it. Those scenes were extremely graphic and unfortunately because of the detailed writing style, I could picture them clearly when I wished I really hadn’t.
    Although I enjoyed this book and how informative and exciting it was, I don’t believe it’s quite strong enough to win the Mock Newbery Award.

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