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Rescued They grew up together Now they have to escape together Raja has been raised in captivity Not behind the bars of a zoo but within the confines of an American home He was stolen when he was young to be

  • Title: Rescued
  • Author: Eliot Schrefer
  • ISBN: 9780545655033
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Hardcover
  • They grew up together Now they have to escape together.Raja has been raised in captivity Not behind the bars of a zoo, but within the confines of an American home He was stolen when he was young to be someone s pet Now he s grown up and is about to be sent away again, to a place from which there will be no return.John grew up with Raja The orangutan was his friend, hiThey grew up together Now they have to escape together.Raja has been raised in captivity Not behind the bars of a zoo, but within the confines of an American home He was stolen when he was young to be someone s pet Now he s grown up and is about to be sent away again, to a place from which there will be no return.John grew up with Raja The orangutan was his friend, his brother But when John s parents split up and he moved across the country, he left Raja behind Now Raja is in danger.There s one last chance to save Raja a chance that will force John to confront his fractured family and the captivity he s imposed on himself all of these years.

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    1. Tammi Drevers on said:

      I loved this book. Raja the orangutan is such a lovable character, he has such an amazing personality. Each book by Schrefer makes me love the great apes even more. I especially loved this book because it gave me a better insight into my father's homeland of Indonesia.

    2. Edward Sullivan on said:

      Not as strong as the other first two novels in the cycle but still quite engrossing and compassionate.

    3. Beverly on said:

      For his third book in the Ape Quartet, Two time National Book Award Finalist, Eliot Schrefer, takes on the horrors of the exotic pet trade. Protagonist John, when a young child, once mentioned that he would love to have an orangutan, so his too eager to please father brings home a baby one from Sumatra. John and his ape are inseparable, but as the ape grows up and becomes stronger and harder to control, the desperate family must keep it locked in a trailer. When his father gives the orangutan to [...]

    4. Kellee on said:

      Full review with teaching tools: unleashingreaders/?p=9969I think out of the three Ape Quartet books published so far, this is the one that is going to hit closest to home for many. It will make many readers uncomfortable and want to make a change. First, it takes place in the United States unlike Africa like the first two. Second, it really digs into an issue that is still very much prominent here–animal injustice.I find Schrefer’s writing to be so beautiful yet so easy to read. He can pull [...]

    5. Mindy Mejia on said:

      A solid entry in Schrefer’s ape quartet as we wait for the final book and think about the gorillas to come. For my full review, visit Ecolitbooks.

    6. Pages For Thoughts on said:

      The connection between Raja and John is one of a kind. John considers him his brother. Raja clings to John and loves him. They even have their own language. The only thing that I did not like was that John seemed too mature to be 16, and that his parents did not seem to be assertive and were too carefree. John had a lot of self-conflict. He loves Raja, but deep down he knew that he was not his to keep. I like that he fought for animal rights. This book is inspirational in showing how animals des [...]

    7. Ethan Choi on said:

      A very touching book about friendship. There was a lot of good character development as well as a great theme.

    8. Barbara on said:

      Guilt can be a powerful motivator, but in some cases, guilt compounded by compassion, can lead someone to take action. In this book, the third in the Ape Quartet, sixteen-year-old John comes face to face with his own culpability for the fate of Raja, an orangutan who lived with the family in Georgia. John's father worked overseas, and when his ten-year-old son expressed interest in orangutans, he brought home one of the orphaned animals for him. Raja and John bond, of course, and live like broth [...]

    9. jv poore on said:

      Every child wants a pet at some time or another. A dog, kitten, pony or orangutan. Maybe orangutan isn’t typical, but if you grew up watching BJ and the Bear or Every Which Way But Loose, you may see the simian sway. Whatever the animal, it is almost always up to parents to make the decision. Children don’t always know what is best.When John casually notes the potential appeal of ape ownership while watching an old movie, he was not actually asking for a pet. His dad could dig the draw when [...]

    10. Ms. Yingling on said:

      ARC provided by Young Adult Books CentralJohn's father travels to Africa with his job at a food distributor, and illegally brings back an Orangutan. Raja starts as a cute baby who is glued to John's side, but eventually becomes a rather large and sometimes violent pet to have. When John's father and mother divorce, his father ends up with Raja, and his mother ends up with John. The two shared such a bond, however, that even after Raja bites off John's finger when the two have been separated beca [...]

    11. Meredith on said:

      Humanity is a real sludge pile sometimes. We have moments of brilliance and compassion, but we also tend to think only of ourselves (and not just ourselves, human beings, but ourselves, me personally). All of that comes together in Rescued, which might be my favorite Eliot Schrefer book so far. The entire book is set in motion by the awful and selfish whims of humanity, from the corporations who destroy the jungle for palm oil plantations, to the people like us who ignorantly buy it, to the peop [...]

    12. Linda on said:

      I don’t think I’ll ever go to our zoo and observe the orangutans the same way again. Once again Eliot Schrefer has written a story that brings poignancy to the causes of primates world wide. He began with Bonobos in Endangered, following with the book Endangered about chimpanzees. This third book in the trilogy moves to Indonesia, and the loss of habitat of orangutans. Smuggled into the U.S. for his son John, young Raja soon becomes close as a brother. And sadly, he also becomes imprisoned. [...]

    13. Laurie Balderson on said:

      John seldom gets much attention from his corporate businessman father, so when Dad promises to bring him something back a gift from his next trip to Indonesia, John doesn’t expect much. Without consulting his wife or the animal authorities, John’s father thoughtlessly brings back a baby orangutan to be John’s new friend and “brother.” After a tragic accident and a divorce, John and the now much larger and primate named Raja are separated. Once John’s father loses his job and home, th [...]

    14. Shoshana on said:

      This was one of those, "Oh no, this book is making me cry on public transit" books. What an astounding story, hitting real, hard issues through the perspective of a realistically written teenaged, American boy. When John's father comes home with a baby orangutan, ten year-old John gets not only a friend and companion but a brother. John and Raja grow up together, crafting a unique understanding and sign language between them - until a vicious accident pulls them apart. Years later, John must tra [...]

    15. Bobby on said:

      Rescued is the third book in Schrefer's "ape quartet" and my first book by him. (BTW, these books are "stand alones" - you need not read the other two first!) It is the story of an orangutan baby named Raja who is brought home by a father as a gift to his young son without consultation with mom nor thought about the orangutan's ultimate well being or future. Raja is a great source of joy for John, the young boy, until the life of the family - all four of them, mom, dad, John, and Raja - is rippe [...]

    16. Debbie on said:

      In the age of the musical Hamilton, where people are learning about history and being entertained at the same time, a book comes along that will also educate, but on a national global issue and it does as well entertain the reader. This is the story of a boy living in Atlanta, who is given an orangutan by his father. They live fairly peaceably for years, it's not an easy situation, but they manage. Until one day Raja, that's orangutan's name, in a fit of anger bites off John's finger. Things do [...]

    17. Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book* on said:

      Schrefer, Eliot Rescued, 272 pages. Press, 2016. $19. Language: PG (5 swears, 0 ‘f’).When John was in the 5th grade, his father brings him back a baby orangutan from one of his business trips to Indonesia for a pet. When John is 12, the orangutan, Raja, bites off one of his fingers. When he is 14, his parents divorce and John leaves Raja behind with his father when he moves across the country with his mother. Now 16, John finds out that his Dad is losing the family home and he is selling Ra [...]

    18. Brandy Painter on said:

      This is the third in a quartet of books Schrefer is writing about apes and their human counterparts. Endangered and Threatened were both short listed for the National Book Award and I loved both of those book. I was less impressed overall with this one. It is different from the other two in that it mostly takes place in America (there is a trip to Indonesia eventually). This book is about wild animals kept as pets and it does an excellent job of highlighting all of the problematic issues with th [...]

    19. Linda on said:

      Considered a Young Adult book, I found this to be a good read for me, an Older Adult. I had read Schrefer's previous two YA books, "Endangered" and "Threatened." While all three are on the edge of fantasy for me, "Rescued" in particular carried strong messages about deforestation/destruction of habitat and the treatment of wild animals who become pets or objects to be used in research. The relationships between John and his divorced parents certainly felt realistic. John's father's gift of a "re [...]

    20. Dotty on said:

      I wasn't as taken with this book as the first two in the quartet. However I still loved the characters, human and animal. Easy to love (and hate), humorous moments and some sad moments. Determination and creativity and a passion for animals will inspire readersOK TALK: John and Raja are brothers. Well, technically John is human and Raja is an orangutan. John’s dad knew of his young son’s interest in orangutans and so on a business trip stole a young one from the wild and took it home for Joh [...]

    21. Tracy on said:

      I am such a sap when it comes to animal books. This book stirred up all kinds of feelings for me. When the book starts, we meet John & Raja - an orangutan. John's father brought him home from one of his business trips to Indonesia. They grow up togetheruntil a combination of events causes them to be separated. Raja is now getting too big. John's parents get divorced, and John moves with his mother across country, leaving Raja behind with his father. John has not seen Raja in two years, but c [...]

    22. Pamela on said:

      RESCUED is the story of a teenage boy who has grown up with Raja, a pet orangutan kidnapped from the wild. After being separated from Raja by Raja's accidental aggression and his parent's divorce, John returns just as Raja is being shipped off to what can best be described as a low-budget animal entertainment center. Determined to save Raja from a terrible fate in captivity, John goes on the lam with his orangutan "brother", eventually traveling to Indonesia in an attempt to return Raja to the w [...]

    23. Alexa Hamilton on said:

      I absolutely loved the first two books in Eliot Schrefer's Ape Quartet but this one, set in the US, feels different. First, because we know that John shouldn't be raised with an orangutan as a "brother" and that causes discomfort. Then the story moves around a bit, from when (mild spoiler) John's finger is bitten off by Raja the orangutan, then we get fast forwarded to the future with teenage John reuniting with Raja before the orangutan is sold to a zoo. Sure, there are interesting moral and et [...]

    24. Margo Tanenbaum on said:

      A heartbreaking tale from Eliot Schrefer, the third in his Ape Quartet saga, centering around an adolescent orangutan who grew up as a family pet but now is too big, strong, and dangerous to live with people. High school student John, who grew up with the organgutan as his brother, is heartbroken when his father sends the ape to live at a roadside zoo, and decides he must find a better alternative for Raja. In the end, he accompanies Raja to an ape sanctuary in Sumatra, where the animals' habita [...]

    25. Alicia on said:

      This is by far my least favorite of the planned quartet. Even from the start I couldn't engage both because it's generally unbelieveable that Raja, the orangutan would be raised in an American home and become "brothers" with John, the protagonist alongside Raja. There's a disconnected narrative and unbelievable premise that I would have felt more connected to had it been more aligned with The One and Only Ivan, with conversations about captivity, freedom, and what's ethically right. I will read [...]

    26. Anne on said:

      Schrefer addresses the topic of orangutans taken from their jungle homes and families in the 3rd book of a 4 book series.John's dad works for a company that does work overseas. While on a trip there, he remembers John making a comment about how cool it would be to have an orangutan. John never really thought it was a possibility until his dad brought baby Raja home. Now they have grown up together but mom and dad are getting a divorce and they need to figure out what to do with Raja (who is tota [...]

    27. Lisa on said:

      I was sent this book thru for an honest review.The premise of this YA book is that a captured young orangutan is smuggled to the us and raised as a brother to a young boy. They grow up as best friends until divorce separated them. The story continues several years later as the home of repossessed and daddy must find a home for a male adult gorilla the young man must save his brother from a horror of a roadside zoo and decide what would be the best for his pet brother.This is a wonderful story f [...]

    28. Kara on said:

      Rescued was very compelling. I've read books about current issues that don't really hold up as narratives; they exist to make a point. Rescued does both: it is absolutely a book about multiple issues--primarily the near and far-ranging effects of deforestation in Indonesia--but it is also the John's story of growing up. Near the end, he's alone in a strange place (no spoilers!) and has a moment we've all had when he recognizes that he's basically an adult, that he really wishes his mom was there [...]

    29. Alison on said:

      Heard the author talk about this book at the book launch party at ALA midwinter in Boston. He read the beginning, ending with a very provocative scene. Got back to my hotel room and started reading. Stayed up until 4 a.m. reading. Just finished now after another day of conferencing. Eliot Schrefer writes well, has some lovely turns of phrase in this face-paced story about what happens when a boy grows up with an exotic pet, one considered a brother, when said pet/brother gets too big to handle. [...]

    30. Krista Lackey on said:

      I really enjoyed this novel. I would highly recommend it. I think it would also be a good learning tool for children to teach them about the endangered animals and what the process of stealing them from their home can be like. It was scary or too upsetting. It definitely gets the conversation of exotic creatures being transported and stolen from their habitats illegally. Schrefer wrote two other books that talked about endangered animals and they also won awards. This is just an ARC but I could [...]

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