Half Brother

Half Brother

by Kenneth Oppel
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Half Brother 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book this morning. This has to be the best book i've read. Its very heartwarming between zan and ben. I highly recommend this book. The ending really fits the book. I wouldn't want to ruin it so i'm just going to say this is a great book for any age to read. Love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked how the book showed the changing of Ben and Zan's relationship and some of the troubles that Ben had because he loved and wanted to protect Zan.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Ben can't believe he is being forced into becoming part of his father's latest science experiment. Being the only son of a college professor/research scientist hasn't really bothered Ben, but things have suddenly changed. First of all, the family has moved clear across Canada, so he will be getting used to a new home, new school, and a whole new group of friends. The other big change is that he is about to become a brother. Well, sort of... Dr. Tomlin is beginning a research experiment to prove that chimpanzees can learn to communicate with humans. He and his wife will be working together to raise a baby chimp as part of their family and attempt to teach the chimp to communicate using ASL - American Sign Language. As part of the family, their son, Ben, will be expected to treat the chimp as a younger sibling and help in the teaching process. Ben thinks the idea is crazy. Yes, the chimp is cute and cuddly, but it's a chimp, not a human. Why does he have to participate in this wild experiment? Much to his surprise, it doesn't take long for him to bond with the chimp and become just as excited as his parents when the little guy begins to catch on to the whole communication experience. The chimp is christened Zan, and he quickly becomes part of the family. Ben's life starts changing at a fairly rapid pace. As news of Zan begins to spread, Ben's popularity at his new school soars. Everyone is interested in watching Zan and hearing about his crazy antics. Ben and his parents are busy night and day helping the chimp assimilate to his new surroundings. So busy, in fact, that Ben's father hires multiple graduate students to help care for Zan and record the endless videos and written notes necessary to chart the chimp's progress. Ben's life is a whirlwind of activity. HALF BROTHER by author Kenneth Oppel is set in 1973, at a time when chimpanzee experiments dominated the science world. He deftly combines the fascinating results of animal studies with the daily life of a teenage boy. As the chimp grows and learns to interact with humans, so does Ben as he finds his place in new surroundings and as a maturing teenager. The complexities of the research study and the growing emotional attachment of raising Zan make HALF BROTHER a novel that will have readers laughing and cheering one minute and gasping in horror the next. Prepare to be entertained but also touched by emotion and regret.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I give this five stars. It is one of the best books ive ever read and ive read a lot. Its really touching and makes you cry laugh and gasp.
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E.e leaves and went to the forest
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Id have to say that this is one of the greatest books ive ever read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was interesting for themost part. I enjoyed it but I felt like zan acted like a spoiled brat and I didn't actually like his character. Ben on the other hand I thought really had an interesting point of view
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awsome with its form of human compassion that is truely rare.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it. It was full of heartwarming truth and a powerful bond between two speices that could not speak directly to each other. There was intense moments when the language made me raise my eyebrows, but overall....it was awesome.
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WHY?
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Did i.
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k_j_9_7 More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book! I love how Ben does so much for the chimp he wanted nothing to do with when first brought home. Ben really develops as a character. It's a story you HAVEN'T read before. Very original concept and the author carries it through well.
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I love this book. I read it last year in school with my class, and we couldnt put it down! Totally wrth the money.
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Caitlyn Dillman More than 1 year ago
This i an awessme book and it made me laugh and cry through out the whole book. I recomend reading it, and this story is not the only one of its kind. This happens in real life.
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