Dec 23, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (156)

is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine that 
showcases upcoming releases people are very much anticipating.

I've been waiting years for this book. (And that's really not much of an exaggeration, I swear.) It all started when I saw a book on Barnes and Noble's website with a bonobo on the cover. Then there was the chimpanzee. Now, it is time for the orangutan. As a big fan of primates (and the way this author writes about them and tells their fantastic and heartwrenching stories), I am ridiculously excited for the next installment in this quartet of realistic fiction focusing on real parts of the world and our magnificent great apes. (They are NOT monkeys.) Oh, book. I need you. I need you now. I love orangutans; they might be my favorite of the great apes. And next--and last--will be the gorillas, and ahh! These books are hideously underrated, but if you read them I promise you will not be disappointed. I promise. So please, read them.

Title: Rescued
Authors: Eliot Schrefer
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publishing Date: April 26, 2016
Pages: 272
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The third entry in the taut, heart-wrenching quartet that made Eliot Schrefer a two-time National Book Award finalist introduces us to an orangutan held captive in suburban America. 

John grows up with everything he could possibly want. His father is a businessman who travels far and wide. One day, he comes home with a rare gift for his son, a baby orangutan, and the two become inseparable friends. But as the orangutan gets older, stronger, less cute, the family relegates the animal to a locked trailer in the backyard. Until John's father finally decides to sell the ape to a roadside zoo. Coming to the defense of his childhood friend, John resolves to smuggle the orangutan back to Indonesia, and the two set out on a journey far more dangerous than John bargained for.

Have you read any books with memorable animal characters?


  1. Just looking at the cover breaks my heart, and then I read the blurb and oh man, I can well imagine reading this and crying even before I reach halfway! here's mine:

  2. Never heard of this series but my heart goes out to that cute little orangutan. Hope you love it - I know it would make me cry!

  3. This is new to me but I'm intrigued. Nice pick :)

    Happy Holidays!

    Shane @ Itching for Books

  4. Never heard of this one, but sounds interesting. You can see my WOW here:

  5. I adore this series and concept. Great WoW!

    My WoW @ Lazy Book Lovers!
    New follower as well.


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