Methacton One Book One School


    Methacton High School is excited to announce its third annual One Book, One School program. The selection for the 2019-20 school year is Endangered by Eliot Schrefer.
    The goal of the program is to promote a common culture of reading among MHS students and staff and to develop a sense of school unity through literature. All students will read Endangered as a Summer Reading selection. In addition, we encourage all members of our school community -- administrators, families, teachers, students, support staff, etc. -- to read the book as well.
    At the start of the 2019-20 school year we will have activities promoting the book. Additionally, students will have the chance to examine the issues and ideas raised in the book in many of their classes across content areas through lessons centered on the text. It is our hope that this project will spark students' enthusiasm for reading and will lead them to explore their varied interests through literature.
    Set in the dark jungles of Congo, Endangered chronicles 14-year-old Sophie’s accidental mission to save a group of bonobos when the country is overtaken by civil war.

    When she arrives in Congo for the summer, Sophie feels unenthusiastic about the mandatory visit to her mother’s bonobo sanctuary. But when she saves a near-death young bonobo from the streets, she becomes an adoptive mother to the ape, called Otto.

    When a minor government upheaval turns into a war, Sophie and Otto are forced to take refuge in the jungle with the bonobo pack. Bonobos are quite possibly our closest relative in the animal kingdom, and unlike chimpanzees, they form close-knit, protective family groups. Nevertheless, gaining acceptance isn’t easy for Sophie and Otto, and they soon discover the jungle provides little protection from bullets. Sophie’s only hope is to seek the safety of the bonobo release site on the other side of the country. With Otto by her side, she begins to cross a slew of rebel-filled villages. (Excerpt from BookPage review by Brooke Allen.)