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Waiting on Wednesday: Threatened by Eliot Schrefer

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.  Its purpose is to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.

This week I’m eagerly awaiting:

Threatened by Eliot Schrefer

Expected Release Date: February 25, 2014

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 mad. Instead, he offers Luc a job.

Together, Luc and Prof head into the rough, dangerous jungle in order to study the elusive chimpanzees. There, Luc finally finds a new family — and must act when that family comes under attack.

As he did in his acclaimed novel Endangered, a finalist for the National Book Award, Eliot Schrefer takes us somewhere fiction rarely goes, introducing us to characters we rarely get to meet. The unforgettable result is the story of a boy fleeing his present, a man fleeing his past, and a trio of chimpanzees who are struggling not to flee at all. 

(summary via Goodreads)

I read and very much liked Schrefer’s Endangered, so there’s no way I’d pass up another opportunity to read out of my comfort zone.  This looks to be as exciting and thrilling as his last offering.  I love that this one focuses on studying chimps–and can’t wait to read it.

What are you waiting on this week?


3 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: Threatened by Eliot Schrefer

  1. I think this looks great – but I thought that about his last book as well. I don’t think I’ll read this one or his other book because I get so upset. It’s so difficult for me to read about the things we’re doing to the animals we “share” our planet with. I will put this on the list of books to get others to read though. This is a great pick – thanks for sharing!

    1. I have trouble with the concept of harming animals, too, and those stories are often the ones that are hardest for me to read.

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