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Gorilla Dawn
by Gill Lewis and Susan Meyer


Overview - Two children captured by a band of rebel soldiers in the Congo vow to protect an orphaned gorilla baby in this powerful, thought-provoking, and vividly compelling novel from award-winning storyteller Gill Lewis.

Deep in the heart of the Congo, a baby gorilla is captured by a group of rebel soldiers.  Read more...


 
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Overview
Two children captured by a band of rebel soldiers in the Congo vow to protect an orphaned gorilla baby in this powerful, thought-provoking, and vividly compelling novel from award-winning storyteller Gill Lewis.

Deep in the heart of the Congo, a baby gorilla is captured by a group of rebel soldiers. Imara and Bobo are also prisoners in the rebels' camp. When they learn that the gorilla will be sold into captivity, they swear to return it to the wild before it's too late. But the consequences of getting caught are too terrible to think about. Will the bond between the gorilla and the children give them the courage they need to escape?

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781481486576
  • ISBN-10: 1481486578
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books
  • Publish Date: January 2017
  • Page Count: 432
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-14
  • Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.8 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.01 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > People & Places - Africa
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Nature & the Natural World - Environment
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Action & Adventure - Survival Stories

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-12-05
  • Reviewer: Staff

In the forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo, rebel soldiers have started an illegal coltan mine that will make them rich but has endangered the native habitat. Among those imprisoned in the soldiers camp are Imara, a girl with a disfiguring scar who is believed to have supernatural powers; Bobo, a 14-year-old intent on clearing the name of his father, a missing wildlife ranger; and Kitwana, a baby gorilla destined to be sold off and smuggled to the city. Using a narrative that shifts among all three characters, Lewis (Moon Bear) weaves an enrapturing tale of survival as the orphans hatch a plan to return the gorilla to his family while plotting their own escape. Imara, plagued by a demon who bleats in her ear, is resistant to helping the other children held hostage and used for slave labor, but she cannot avoid developing a maternal tenderness for Kitwana. By focusing on the plight of one sick animal, Lewis crystallizes broader issues of corruption, destruction, and rebirth while exploring deep psychological scars and traumatic events in a war-torn region. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 913. (Jan.)

 
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