Series: Ape Quartet

by Eliot Schrefer

Scholastic Paperbacks
September 2015

Ages 14 – 16 . Grades 9 – 11

Lexile measure: 910L

DRA: 60

Guided Reading: Y

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.
Eliot Schrefer

Eliot Schrefer's Endangered and Threatened were named as finalists for the National Book Award. He is also the author of Rescued, The Deadly Sister, The School for Dangerous Girls, Glamorous Disasters, and The New Kid. He lives in New York City. Visit him online at


  • Praise for Threatened:

    A National Book Award finalist

    *"Engrossing action and characters readers will keep thinking about in a splendid survival story." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    *"Gripping…Schrefer pulls no punches as he showcases the beauty and danger of both urban Gabon and the jungle." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

    "Fascinating and sure to lead to discussion." --School Library Journal

    "Schrefer's compassion and empathy for the people and chimpanzees and other animals of this part of Africa come through loud and clear." --Horn Book

    Praise for Endangered:

    A National Book Award finalist

    "Dazzling, big-hearted . . . As riveting as the action is, it's the nuanced portraits of the characters, human and ape, that make the story so deeply affecting." –The New York Times Book Review

    * "Schrefer spares no detail . . . This drama is clearly written from the heart." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

    "Taut, heart-wrenching." --The Washington Post