Eliot Schrefer is the author of Endangered, about a girl surviving war in Congo with an orphaned bonobo at her side. He attended Harvard University, where he graduated with High Honors in French and American literature. He lives in New York City, where he writes fiction during the day and tutors for the SATs in the evening.
After writing two novels for adults, Schrefer turned to young adult fiction with The School for Dangerous Girls, about a boarding school for criminal young ladies. That book was selected as a “Best of the Teen Age” by the New York Public Library, and his next novel, The Deadly Sister, earned a starred review from School Library Journal.
Endangered, his fifth novel, was a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature, one of NPR’s “Best of 2012,” and an editor’s choice in The New York Times, which called it “dazzling, big-hearted.” The book was also a finalist for the Walden Award and won the Green Earth Book Award and the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award. Schrefer journeyed to the Democratic Republic of Congo while researching the novel, and has since traveled wider as he’s embarked on a quartet of novels about the great apes.
His works have been translated into many languages including German, Russian, Polish, Taiwanese, Bulgarian, and Japanese. You can find him on Twitter @EliotSchrefer, and online at EliotSchrefer.com.