October 5, 2010

Half Brother

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Half_brother Welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today's booktalk is: Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel.

It's not easy welcoming a baby brother after living thirteen years as an only child. It's even harder to welcome a baby brother who isn't even human – but a chimpanzee. Ben Tomlin's parents have embarked on a research project to determine whether chimps, one of mankind’s closest animal relatives, can acquire advanced language skills.

The Tomlins move to a new town, and Ben is forced to deal with starting a new school and meeting new classmates on top of treating Zan, the chimp, like a little brother. Ben has never been a good student, but with Zan, Ben is finally beginning to be good at something. As Zan learns American Sign Language, he and Ben become closer and closer.

Unfortunately the rest of his family doesn't share the emotional connection to Zan. Ben's father sees Zan as nothing more than an experiment. Families are complicated, even without wild animals in them. Ben is learning that you can't always do right by the people – and animals – you love.

What would YOU do if your parents brought home a chimpanzee brother for you? Let us know in the Comments.

— Emily, Scholastic Booktalker

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  1. amethystcat55

    I think that is a good story so far about the little brother that is a chimpanzie and the older brother is a human and they proboly aren’t very good brothers.

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  2. p

    i think that would be a very funny book but ithink it would be very hard to accept something as strange as that if i was an only child and this one would not be human so i dont know how i fell if i was in his postion.

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  3. maddie

    this book is totaly awesome I read it in like………………………………………………………………………….10,15 minutes ;p

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  4. 1LunaLovegood1

    I woud scream and run away. I already have a little 3-year-old brother and a 14-year-old and 17-year-old older sisters. And I’m onlY 9-YEAR-OLD. TOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!

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