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Half brother – Kenneth Oppel


Ben is turning thirteen and for his birthday, his father brings home a pet chimp, a pet that part of a  scientific experiment.url

The problem is that this chimp is is part of a larger experiment investigating the development and  use of ‘language’. Is he just an experimental guinea pig?

What happens when  the 13 year old comes to see the chimp as a brother?

What if a chimp can develop the ability to sign and fully communicate?

What happens when  scientist can no longer fund his experiment? What happens to the specimens?

Half brother provides a challenging look at what it means to be human and just what is a family. An interesting and unusual look at the some of difficulties of being a teenager.


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