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A captivating story about dark truths and heinous crimes as well as unexpected friendships. Perfect for fans of mystery and detective stories.

Sally Jones is not only a loyal friend, she's an extraordinary individual. In overalls or in a maharaja's turban, this unique gorilla moves among humans without speaking but understanding everything. She and the Chief are devoted comrades who operate a cargo boat. A job they are offered pays big bucks, but the deal ends badly, and the Chief is falsely convicted of murder.

For Sally Jones this is the start of a harrowing quest for survival and to clear the Chief's name. Powerful forces are working against her, and they will do anything to protect their secrets.

©2017 Jakob Wegelius (P)2017 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"Slyly funny and poignant...a thrilling adventure." (Caldecott Medal winner Paul O. Zelinsky)
"Features a complex mystery, an intricately constructed narrative, and deep characters. Committed, careful readers will be richly rewarded." - (Kirkus Reviews)
"A richly imagined and thoroughly unique adventure." (Booklist)

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Childlike telling of an intriguing series of events

Sally Jones narration of the story's series of events uses some sophisticated language, but with a somewhat childlike viewpoint. Some of the mystery's revelations were a long time telegraphed before she puts things together for herself. Still. I like the approach for middle and high school readers.