Threatened (Ape Quartet #2) by Eliot Schrefer

Threatened (Ape Quartet #2)

Into the jungle. Into the wild. Into harm’s way.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 angry. Instead, he offers Luc...

Details Threatened (Ape Quartet #2)

TitleThreatened (Ape Quartet #2)
Release DateFeb 25th, 2014
PublisherScholastic Press
GenreYoung Adult, Animals, Adventure, Realistic Fiction, Fiction, Cultural, Africa, Survival

Reviews Threatened (Ape Quartet #2)

  • Maggie Stiefvater
    As with ENDANGERED, I think this is a teen book that will resonate best with teens — I liked this one even better. Teachers/ librarians: plenty of stuff to talk about with your readers with these books.
  • Anthony
    With a title like “THREATENED” you would expect a book that is suspenseful, and then you see a cute little chimp hanging from a tree and your next thought is “awwww, poor chimp. This must be an ecological novel.” It is, in part, but it is also so much more than that. It is a novel about running from and confronting your fears, it is about making a family and a home, and it is about saving Chimpanzees.Luc has always been afraid of the chim...
  • Felicity Gibson
    ‘Threatened by Eliot Schrefer.’ Read March 15th 2014I had no idea that this would be a book aimed at young people. To me it was a book aimed directly at myself – all of 70 years old! As a retired teacher, I felt that this book would make a wonderful discussion for High School or Middle School Students. There is so much going on. Basically it is a survivalism story.It begins in a poor town in Gabon; the protagonist is Luc, an AIDS orphan mak...
  • jv poore
    I want to crawl into this book and live forever with Luc and “his” chimpanzees. Mr. Schrefer’s adoration and admiration of these astounding creatures is obvious and contagious. His complete understanding of the logistics as to why the chimpanzees must be wild animals is as evident as the tug of emotion that wishes it wasn’t so. Threatened isn’t a glossy, glowing fantasy of strolling under canopies of trees, munching fresh fruit, arms ha...
  • Ricki
    Schrefer is an incredibly talented writer; his settings feel authentic in that he makes far away places seem very close to home. I develop a strong kinship with his characters---animal or human.I expected Threatened to be very similar to Endangered, but I was wrong. Endangered is about an American girl visiting her mother in a Congolese bonobo sanctuary when a civil war breaks out. Threatened, on the other hand, is about an orphan boy from Gabon ...
  • Sharman Russell
    I really felt plunged into a different world, not only of chimpanzees in the jungle, but of being an AIDs orphan in the West African country of Gabon. Some initial details were horrifying--child thieves being threatened with having their hands cut off. I was glad that most of the story deals not with human brutalities but with the matter-of-fact realities of nonhuman nature--how leopards kill chimps, how chimps kill each other, how one animal eat...
  • Holly
    Fantastic story of survival, will, and empathy. I loved Endangered, but I think I liked this one even more! I found my next 6th grade read aloud.
  • Kanye Smith
    Threatened is by far one of the favorite books ever! As it turns enemies to friends, Eliot Schrefer makes you want to sit on the edge of your chair and read more. When he adds great detail and paints a picture in your head, it encourages you to stay tuned to what happens next.In the book Threatened by Eliot Schrefer, a boy named Luc is forced to live in a house of mistreated orphans after his mother and sister die, and his father leaves them. Whe...
  • Michelle Arrow
    "I shut the book, smoothed my hands over the cover, and toyed with the spirals at the edge. I wanted to live inside that book. Which is how I knew I was staying." When beginning and ending this book, this is how I felt and reacted: At first, I decided to read this book because Eliot's debut, Endangered, was pretty good. It was well-written and captivating for my liking. He always deals with a concept that is unique and fresh. I dove right into it...
  • Beverly
    "I was finally making a choice of my own, and it made me feel a contentment that lived right next to terror." Luc is an AIDS orphan in Gabon who has known way too much loss and exploitation in his young life. When an Egyptian researcher offers him a job as his assistant, and the chance to escape the man who has enslaved him since his mother's death, Luc jumps at the chance even though he has only heard horror stories about the chimps who live in ...
  • Stephanie A.
    As in Endangered, Schrefer has created another fascinating, primate-centric novel in a world that would envelope me into its humid, exotic and wild terrain within seconds of opening its pages. I still do not like chimps quite as much as bonobos, but the ones Luc befriends here are quite charming. And this location is even more remote: you really are one with the chimpanzees, as for great sections of the book there are only one or two humans prese...
  • Karen
    Wow - what an engrossing book! Schrefer's story about a teenage AIDS orphan in Gabon who befriends a family of chimpanzees while living in the jungle to study them is exciting, fascinating, disturbing and heart-warming all at the same time. Excellent setting and character development, plus a host of thorny issues to discuss make this a good choice for book groups/clubs. Threatened had a strong impact on me, and I can definitely see why it was a 2...
  • Warren-Newport Public Library
    This was an eye opening book. I have to admit I still don't love chimps as much as I love bonobos (after reading his last book), but I have a much bigger appreciation of them now. The two are our closest genetic relatives - which is why he has chosen to study them and write about them.Schrefer's author's note is also incredibly important: "There are over fifty million AIDS orphans in sub-Saharan Africa: over 300 for each of the remaining wild chi...
  • Edward Sullivan
    Luc lives in Gabon with other young AIDS orphans boys under the roof of Monsieur Tatagani, an unscrupulous , exploitive man. Professor Abdul Mohammad meets Luc and hires him as his assistant, taking him deep into the jungle to study chimpanzees. Luc discovers he has an interest and aptitude for the work, thrives under Prof’s tutelage. When Prof disappears under mysterious circumstances, Luc must survive on his own. It soon becomes clear to Luc ...
  • Sarah Laurence
    On my best of 2014 list. Schrefer, who clearly did his research, delivers a strong wildlife conservation message while acknowledging human needs in developing countries. This story is educational but entertaining and would appeal to animal lovers and especially to boys who like adventure stories and don't mind gore. Full review on my blog:
  • Caroline Gilicinski
    This is now my favorite book ever! I love the story so much and love the character even more. I earned a lot while reading this, but it was not boring to learn. I love and have always loved monkey so much. When I read this book I felt like I was standing beside Luc the whole time, so it was actually fun to read this book.
  • Margaret
    Love, love, love this book!
  • Viola Sung
  • Jess
    I am having trouble fitting into this book. A good number of people like it but this one isn't doing it for me.
  • Rajan Singh
    Threatened by Eliot Schrefer follows an aids orphan deep in the slums of Gabon Africa, named Luc, who has been sold into indentured servitude in order to pay off his he now deceased mother's hospital bills. He meets and befriends “prof” an Arabian professor who is an acclaimed researcher for national geographic. Prof uses counterfeit cash to free Luc from his debt, and take himself Luc and his pet chimpanzee deep into the jungles of Gabon to ...
  • Rachel Patrick
    While I wish this cover was something similar to ENDANGERED's gorgeous hardcover (seen here), I am very much looking forward to THREATENED. I was quite fond of ENDANGERED, a different and unique YA book that featured one of my favorite things: animals. I'd recommend adding ENDANGERED and THREATENED to your TBR lists.*******This review (and others) can be seen in all its proper formatting glory--and with quotes!--on my blog Beauty and the Bookshel...
  • Philip
    Worthy - if slightly less hard hitting - follow-up to Schrefer's outstanding Endangered, as the previous book combined it's excellent "ape story" with a realistic and often brutal overview of the Congo's painful colonial past and tumultuous present.Interesting that in his Author's Notes, Schrefer states that he wrote Threatened in part to compensate for the "bad rap" chimps got in Endangered - written before he read Jane Goodall's memoirs. Remind...
  • Callie Hennessy
    After reading this book, even though it was fiction, it gave me a new perspective. As an 8th grade girl who lives in a city life, this was very interesting to see how this boy (Luc) and Prof lived out in the jungle with monkeys. I've read Endangered before and since this was the second book in the series, I thought I should read it. Though it wasn't as good as the first book, it was still great. As I said before, it was about a boy who wasn't tre...
  • Sean
    This book is a great book that exhibits many environmental problems and issues in the world right now. The author was really creative to give the message that our nature is in danger through a story. At first, I picked up this book expecting an intense book, but in reality, tt is a novel about dealing and facing your fears, making a family and a home, and saving Chimpanzees.
  • Mothwing
    I was surprised about this book. I didn't like it at first, it was boring, the main character wasn't likable and the chimpanzees weren't the main focus, but it got better at about part three, when the chimps played more of a role and I really liked Luc, the main character, as the story went on. All in all, this deserves three stars.
  • Kim Miller
    Another great YA novel. With humanitarian themes ranging from child slavery, AIDS and the endangered chimps of Gabon, there's plenty for youth (and educators) to discuss and think about.
  • Bellylouise
    Good because gives details and information on endangered animals but not one I would choose for myself.
  • Patricia Salvatore
    Really 4.5. If not for the slow start, a 5.
  • Susan Eberhardt
    Survival story, set in Gabon, Africa. Luc is an orphan, rescued by Prof to go into the jungle to study chimpanzees. There, the two face hunger, bad weather, and danger from both animals and humans.