I don’t review books on here, but every so often a book comes along that is so in line with your heart that you have to shout it out to everybody you meet.
This is one of those books. Consider it shouted!
Here is the publisher’s blurb, to start:
The Congo is a dangerous place, even for people who are trying to do good.When Sophie has to visit her mother at her sanctuary for bonobos, she’s not thrilled to be there. It’s her mother’s passion, and Sophie would rather have nothing to do with it. But when revolution breaks out and their sanctuary is attacked, she must rescue the bonobos and hide in the jungle. Together, they will fight to keep safe, to eat, and to survive.In this new compelling adventure, Eliot Schrefer asks readers what safety means, how one sacrifices to help others, and what it means to be human.
Pretty amazing, yes?
This is a story about survival, but it is also so much more than that. The zoologist in me was in heaven, exploring the human-animal bond as young Sophie and her new bonobo-kiddo Otto navigate their treacherous adventure together.
It’s a story about strengths and weaknesses, and how those strengths and weaknesses can make us better friends and better people. It’s a story about leaning on others, about how burdens can actually hold you up when your own strength fails. It’s also a story about love, but not the kind of love you normally read about. This is the kind of love that leaves you standing in the rain while holding an umbrella for someone else who needs it more.
Oh, and this book is also nominated for the National Book Award. So there’s that too.
Go forth and read it!