I love chimpanzees and watching Ben and Zan's relationship develop was fascinating. Oppel weaves the question of what it means to be a person throughout the book from the consequences of trying to make chimpanzees act like humans to consequences of treating humans like chimpanzees. While animal lovers will appreciate this book in particular, anyone looking for a good realistic fiction story about what it's like to be thirteen will enjoy it.
Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel
Tags: Animals, Character Driven, Contemporary Fiction, Family Life, Issues Fiction