April 2013, Chicken House, 320 pages, Paperback, Review copy, Short 'n' Sweet review
Content: war, fighting, killing, subtle implied rape, full on danger, tissues definitely needed.
Summary from Chicken House
When Sophie rescues Otto, a baby bonobo clinging to life, her world changes for ever.
Until then, she had never understood her mother’s decision to create an animal sanctuary in one of the most dangerous place on earth: the African Congo.
But one night, while her mother’s away, rebel soldiers attack. To save herself and Otto, Sophie must follow her heart into danger.
The front cover drew me in to Sophie's not entirely good deed of saving Otto. The emotions between Sophie and her mother were so strong I could almost taste them, and the resilience Sophie has is incredible - having a dependent totally changes her outlook in life as war breaks out in front of her.
Another read for 10 years olds is Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine (10/10)