Laurence Gonzales's electrifying adventure opens in the jungles of the Congo. Jenny Lowe, a primatologist studying chimpanzees-the bonobos-is running for her life. A civil war has exploded and Jenny is trapped in its crosshairs...?he runs to the camp of a fellow primatologist. The rebels have already been there. Everyone is dead except a young girl, the daughter of Jenny's brutally murdered fellow scientist-and competitor. Jenny and the child flee, Jenny grabbing the notebooks of the primatologist who's been killed. She brings the girl to Chicago to await the discovery of her relatives. The girl is fifteen and lovely-her name is Lucy. Realizing that the child has no living relatives, Jenny begins to care for her as her own. When she reads the notebooks written by Lucy's father, she discovers that the adorable, lovely, magical Lucy is the result of an experiment. She is part human, part ape-a hybrid human being...? Laurence Gonzales's novel grabs you from its opening pages and you stay with it, mesmerized by the shy but fierce, wonderfully winning Lucy.
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by Laurence Gonzales
by Benilde Little
by Diane Gonzales Bertrand
by Laurence Shames
by Laurence Pringle
by Andrea Laurence
by Laurence Bergreen
"As she escapes Congo, Jenny Lowe stumbles upon 14-year-old Lucy, the only survivor at a fellow scientist's camp. Taking Lucy and the scientist's notebooks, she returns to Chicago, adopts Lucy, and eventually discovers that the teenager is a hybrid--part human, part bonobo. Abby Craden and Kim Mai Guest share the difficult task of bringing this story to life. They attempt to give the characters unique voices, but they are one-dimensional and lacking nuance. In particular, Lucy sounds too mature for a 14-year-old. Further, Jenny's voice sometimes says Lucy's lines and vice versa. Although the moral and ethical issues raised require consideration, this book is superficial, shining no light on bioethics. N.E.M. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"
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