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HHS Library Mission
1. Connect students to the best possible literature for them.
2. Help students access, think about and apply information in a variety of formats.
3. Encourage a love of learning.
HHS Library Expectations
Respect yourself, others and the space
Ask for help
Do your best
HHS Library Rules
1. No food is allowed in the library.
2. Drinks must be in spill proof containers.
3. No cellphones are allowed during class time.
4. No swearing is allowed in the library.
5. Please clean up after yourself.
By Eliot Schrefer
Since her parents' divorce, Sophie lives in Florida with her dad and spends her summers in the Democratic Republic of Congo with her mother who runs a bonobo sanctuary. Although taught never to pay a poacher for a baby bonobo, Sophie cannot turn her back on the one she sees on the streets of Kinshasa. Tasked with his full time care, Sophie quickly bonds with the baby she names Otto. When political unrest rocks the DRC, Sophie is forced to choose between her own safety and staying with Otto. Her choice puts them both in danger, first as they share space in the adult bonobo enclosue, and then as they travel from the sanctuary to find her mother up river.
This is a beautiful story. The descriptions of the bonobos and their unique personalities are captivating and the reader can easily feel the love Sophie feels for Otto and her heartbreak at the thought of leaving him behind. Sophie and Otto's dangerous journey will draw readers in and keep them turning the pages hoping everything works out all right. This National Book Award finalist deserves its accolades.
Reviewed by Mrs. Gunn