Half Brother

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“The world should have been in Technicolour, but seemed more like black and white.”

Kenneth Oppel

My mom went to the library with me, immediately pulled out this book and told me I had to read it. My mother and I have similar tastes in books, so I was pretty excited. At the beggening, it was an eh book for me. Then just after the middle, it opened the floodgates. I cried so hard reading this, and it’s really not a story about a chimp and a boy, it’s a story about family. The grief in this book was just so real. I think that’s why it was a definite five star book.

For thirteen years, Ben Tomlin was an only child. But all that changes when his mother brings home Zan — an eight-day-old chimpanzee. Ben’s father, a renowned behavioural scientist, has uprooted the family to pursue his latest research project: a high-profile experiment to determine whether chimpanzees can acquire advanced language skills. Ben’s parents tell him to treat Zan like a little brother. Ben reluctantly agrees. At least now he’s not the only one his father’s going to scrutinize.

It isn’t long before Ben is Zan’s favorite, and Ben starts to see Zan as more than just an experiment. His father disagrees. Soon Ben is forced to make a critical choice between what he is told to believe and what he knows to be true — between obeying his father or protecting his brother from an unimaginable fate. –Goodreads

I know what your thinking. A chimp?! But Zan is so much more then that. He communicates with ASL, and feels like a real human being. I was so glad the ending wasn’t that sad, because if it was I wouldn’t of been okay. I’m still not! Zaaan… *cries in a corner*

Have you read this book? Or others by Kenneth Opal? He’s pretty new to me, but I’ve enjoyed what he’s done so far.

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