Eliot Schrefer

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*A 2014 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST*

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.

Read more about Eliot  at Eliot Schrefer and at NPR Books.

 

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“A little self-hatred keeps a person interesting”
Eliot Schrefer, The School For Dangerous Girls

“Humans are animals, too, you know.”
Eliot Schrefer, Threatened

“…the primary trait of young adult literature is that the author’s emphasis is on plot and character and not on his own brilliance. And because few people talk about whether a young adult work is commercial or literary; the two are still in sync, and everyone’s benefitting.”
Eliot Schrefer

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