Sophie is not happy to be back in the Congo for the summer, but when she rescues an abused baby bonobo she becomes more involved in her mother’s sanctuary–and when fighting breaks out and the sanctuary is attacked, it is up to Sophie to rescue the apes and somehow survive in the jungle.
I did like this book, I learned more about the conflicts that happen in African countries, as well as more about bonobos and their societies than I had known before. Any reader interested in animal conservation will be sure to enjoy this one. I wasn’t quite sure that a young girl making her way across hostile territory would have made it as unscathed as Sophie did would happen in reality, but it makes it a story appropriate for young readers. Highly recommendable.