Threatened is a survival story about a boy named Luc and the Chimpanzees. Luc is living at an orphan shelter where he is barely surviving. Hope is very little until a man called Prof comes along. Luc tries to rob the man, but instead of being mad, the man offers him a job. They venture into a jungle in Africa to study Chimpanzees. Little do they know, their new friends are in grave danger. They are being hunted by leopards and other humans. Luc is not just going to stand there and let his new family be killed. It is time to take action.
With reading Threatened, you probably gain more information about Chimpanzees than you would reading a non-fiction book about them. Luc's experiences and observations are nothing that you can get elsewhere.
Many fiction books about animals are just some story about a pet that ran away, or ones for younger kids. It is rare that I find a book about an animal that is actually for teens. The author loves animals, and most of his books are animal-based, and I don't see that everyday.
You could connect the Chimpanzees, and see a different side of them. Most things you read or see in a movie make them sound scary, but they are just like us in some ways. The book was interesting, and I really liked it. I recommend this book for anyone who likes animals or survival stories.
Author: Eliot Schrefer
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 288 pages
Rating: 5 Stars