Half Brother (Hardcover)

By Kenneth Oppel

Scholastic Press, 9780545229258, 375pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2010

Autumn 2010 Kids' Next List

“I really want this story to be true. Ben Tomlin's dad has brought home a baby chimp for their family to raise as part of his psychology research. Oppel doesn't give you every moment, but it feels like you have lived them all. Watching Ben move from boy to young man as he struggles with Zan's fate after the funding is pulled from his dad's experiment, is so powerful. Just read it, it's worth your time.”
— Laura DeLaney, The Rediscovered Bookshop, Boise, ID
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Description

From the Printz-Honor-winning author of Airborn comes an absorbing YA novel about a teen boy whose scientist parents take in a chimpanzee to be part of the family.
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 behavioral 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.


About the Author

Kenneth Oppel is the bestselling author of Skybreaker and Airborn, a Printz Honor Book. He lives in Toronto with his family and can be found online at www.kennethoppel.ca.
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