Rescued

By: Eliot Schrefer

John hasn’t seen his dad—or pet orangutan, Raja—since his parents divorced six years ago. When John learns that his father is selling Raja to a disreputable zoo, he sets out to save the ape. Q&A with the author. Bibliography. Black-and-white illustration and photographs.

ISBN: 9780545655033

JLG Release: Aug 2016


Series: Ape Quartet
Sensitive Areas: Guns, Mild language, Graphic description of an injury, Inhumane treatment of animals

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Awards & Honors

Parents’ Choice Award Winner, Fiction Gold
Green Earth Book Award 2017, Honor, Young Adult Fiction

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

The third entry in the author’s well-received quartet, this work introduces us to Raja, a pet orangutan living in suburbia with John and his parents. John grows up with Raja, and their bond is deep. But as the animal grows older and less cute, the family is forced to stop treating him like a teddy bear come to life. Raja is separated from Joh The third entry in the author’s well-received quartet, this work introduces us to Raja, a pet orangutan living in suburbia with John and his parents. John grows up with Raja, and their bond is deep. But as the animal grows older and less cute, the family is forced to stop treating him like a teddy bear come to life. Raja is separated from John, banished to a trailer in the backyard. Eventually, the friends have to live further apart when John’s parents separate. When the boy’s father decides to send Raja to live at a zoo, John knows he has to say goodbye to Raja. He realizes he can’t let Raja be mistreated and abused any longer and decides to smuggle the orangutan back to where he came from—Indonesia—no matter what it takes. It’s John’s responsibility to do what’s best for Raja, whatever that may be. Schrefer beautifully shows the humanity we share with all living things and pulls some heartstrings in this tale. Readers will be affected by the narrative and realize that while this work is fiction, stories of mistreated animals in our societies are unfortunately quite real and common. VERDICT This is another well-written and fast-paced story that Endangered and Threatened fans will enjoy.—Emily Moore, Camden County Library System, NJ

Horn Book

Schrefer (Endangered, rev. 1/13; Threatened, rev. 5/14) takes a hard look at familial relationships: between mothers and fathers, parents and children, and brothers— one of whom, in this case, is an orangutan. It is the summer before fifth grade when orangutan Raja arrives in the Atlanta suburbs, procured impulsively by JohnR Schrefer (Endangered, rev. 1/13; Threatened, rev. 5/14) takes a hard look at familial relationships: between mothers and fathers, parents and children, and brothers— one of whom, in this case, is an orangutan. It is the summer before fifth grade when orangutan Raja arrives in the Atlanta suburbs, procured impulsively by John’s father during a business trip to Indonesia. The bond between boy and orangutan is instant and permanent, and their sibling-like interactions are vividly drawn. Increasingly angry exchanges between John’s parents eventually lead to divorce, and John moves across the country with his mother while Raja stays back with his father. Raja and John are dramatically reunited after John’s father can no longer afford to care for Raja and the orangutan ends up in a roadside zoo. Schrefer again gives readers a deep and compassionate view of a great ape within a complex narrative that brings animal-rights issues to the fore. What should be done with adult primates who have been raised with humans but can no longer live with them? And what about the dreadful situation in Raja’s homeland where the demand for palm oil is decimating his species? These questions and more offer much to ponder throughout this well-researched and emotionally rich work. monica edinger

Book Details

ISBN

9780545655033

First Release

August 2016

Genre

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

272

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.8; Points: 11;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.5; Points: 18;

Lexile

Level 840L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Scholastic

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Guns, Mild language, Graphic description of an injury, Inhumane treatment of animals

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