Wednesday, 5 January 2011

12+: Half Brother - Kenneth Oppel

Release Date: 06/01/11


Ben Tomlin has been an only child for thirteen years. So when his research-scientist parents bring home a baby chimp to raise as a human child, Ben's life is turned upside-down. Teaching a baby chimp how to understand language is not his idea of fun, especially when he's trying to settle in at his new school. But it isn't long before Zan's infectious personality endears him to everyone and he becomes a real member of the family. But just what will happen when he grows up and the experiment comes to an end? Ben must take dramatic steps, and the repercussions ricochet through home and community with devastating results. This phenomenal novel is a thought-provoking story of relationships and family, first love and growing up, ethics and dilemmas.


This was a title that I wasn’t sure which way it would go. It had potential to be a story of eco discovery, the potential to be a tale of emotional as well as worldly knowledge as well as possibly becoming a hodge podge of too many idea’s and not enough substance.

What actually happens within is a novel that takes the reader through the emotional wringer and also has a message about mankind’s influence on nature and what we should be doing rather than what we are.

This is a title that’s more for the older reader and one that will play with the heartstrings, emotional, inventive and about all else one that will make you think.

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