December 11, 2019

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Threatened

By: Eliot Schrefer
Recommended for grade(s): 7, 8, 9
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. National Book Award Finalist. —from the Scholastic website
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I'd never seen a mock man until the Professor showed me one. I'd heard them, of course--many evenings the chimpanzees would scream within the dark trees surrounding my village, their cries too strange for a person and too intimate for an animal. I still hear those shrieks, these years later.
  • Half Brother
    Kenneth Oppel

    Half Brother

    By: Kenneth Oppel
    Recommended for grade(s): 7

    From the Printz-Honor-winning author of Airborn comes an absorbing YA novel about a teen boy whose scientist parents take in a chimpanzee to be part of the family. For thirteen years, Ben Tomlin was an only child. But all that changes when his mother brings home Zan -- an eight-day-old chimpanzee. Ben's father, a renowned behavioral scientist, has uprooted the family to pursue his latest research project: a high-profile experiment to determine whether chimpanzees can acquire advanced language skills. Ben's parents tell him to treat Zan like a little brother. Ben reluctantly agrees. At least now he's not the only one his father's going to scrutinize. It isn't long before Ben is Zan's favorite, and Ben starts to see Zan as more. -- From Scholastic Inc.

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  • Lies My Teacher Told Me
    James W. Loewen

    Lies My Teacher Told Me

    By: James W. Loewen
    Recommended for grade(s): 11, 12

    Americans have lost touch with their history, and in Lies My Teacher Told Me Professor James Loewen shows why. After surveying eighteen leading high school American history texts, he has concluded that not one does a decent job of making history interesting or memorable. Marred by an embarrassing combination of blind patriotism, mindless optimism, sheer misinformation, and outright lies, these books omit almost all the ambiguity, passion, conflict, and drama from our past. From the truth about Columbus's historic voyages to an honest evaluation of our national leaders, Loewen revives our history, restoring the vitality and relevance it truly possesses. Thought provoking, nonpartisan, and often shocking, Loewen unveils the real America in this iconoclastic classic beloved by high school teachers, history buffs, and enlightened citizens across the country. --From the website at Simon & Schuster

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  • Threatened
    Eliot Schrefer

    Threatened

    By: Eliot Schrefer
    Recommended for grade(s): 7, 8, 9

    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. National Book Award Finalist. —from the Scholastic website

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  • Through a Window: My 30 Years with Chimpanzees
    Jane Goodall

    Through a Window: My 30 Years with Chimpanzees

    By: Jane Goodall
    Recommended for grade(s): 10, 11, 12, College Plus

    Through a Window is the dramatic saga of thirty years in the life of an intimately intertwined community — one that reads like a novel, but it is one of the most important scientific works ever published. —from the website at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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