Ortega

Ortega

Maureen Fergus / Oct 17, 2019

Ortega With a thick finger he slowly traced the path of a stray raindrop that had landed near the corner of his eye and trickled down his cheek And he thought to himself that it was probably a very good thin

  • Title: Ortega
  • Author: Maureen Fergus
  • ISBN: 9781554534746
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Hardcover
  • With a thick finger he slowly traced the path of a stray raindrop that had landed near the corner of his eye and trickled down his cheek And he thought to himself that it was probably a very good thing that gorillas didn t know how to cry.Raised in a laboratory, Ortega might seem nearly human to his scientist caregivers, but to the children at his new school, a talking goWith a thick finger he slowly traced the path of a stray raindrop that had landed near the corner of his eye and trickled down his cheek And he thought to himself that it was probably a very good thing that gorillas didn t know how to cry.Raised in a laboratory, Ortega might seem nearly human to his scientist caregivers, but to the children at his new school, a talking gorilla is nothing but a freak Unless he wants to spend the rest of his life locked in a cage, however, Ortega is going to have to change people s minds More than a comic adventure novel, Ortega asks the reader to reflect upon the limits of science, imagine how it feels to be profoundly different from those around you and, most of all, consider what it really means to be human.

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      • Maureen Fergus

        When I was growing up, the idea of becoming a fiction writer never crossed my mind At university, I studied science and business After I graduated, I held jobs in the aerospace, biopharmaceutical and financial services industries I was ready for life in the corporate fast lane.Then, six weeks after our first daughter was born, my husband suggested that I try writing Thinking that it might be a good way to keep my brain stimulated in between diaper changes, I decided to give it a try That first time I reached my fingers toward the keyboard to write a story it felt as though I was slipping my hands into a pair of gloves that had been waiting for me my whole life And the rest, as they say, is history


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    1. This is the story of Ortega, a young gorilla who has had surgery that allows him to speak. He's been taught to also read and is now going to be going to school with human children. How he adapts, and how the humans around him adapt/learn is a touching story that would be appropriate for an older elementary/junior high student - there's a bit of animal cruelty described in the book so if you have a child who is bothered by such descriptions you may want to either wait or read the book/have discus [...]


    2. This is a story about a gorilla who is a part of a scientific experiment. He gets a sound box so he can talk. He is now being asked to go to school and the story is about the trials and tribulations that he faces in and outside school. The author raises some questions about ethics and animal rights in experiments. She makes a good amalgamation of the gorilla and humanistic characteristics. I liked all the characters and it is moving in parts along with adventure. The ending is a bit abrupt and s [...]


    3. This was a really interesting tale I'll admit that the initial concept of the talking gorilla was a bit icky for me, as the contrast between the human and animal behaviour was pretty diverse. However, as you learned more about Ortega as an individual, you began to empathize with him more and more. I liked the mix of responses - from nature to nuture - and how each person responded according to their nature. A good selection, but I think it will need some teaching to as a Silver Birch novel!


    4. I knew that I was going to be meeting Maureen Fergus and while I was familiar with many of her picture books, I hadn't read any of her novels. I thought I should so I found Ortega at my local library and dove in and then trickled to a stop. It just didn't do it for me. I can put my finger on why, but it didn't.Ortega is a medically-modified, talking gorilla that goes to school, but struggles to fit in with the other students.Maureen Fergus is a fantastic person and a wonderful author, but Ortega [...]


    5. Nicely compelling read for the grade 4-6 set about a young gorilla who has been surgically altered to give him the ability to speak, then raised (mostly) as a human child would be. Though hard to get used to at first, Ortega himself is highly believable as an 11 year old boy, with gorilla tendencies thrown in. Suspenseful enough for the younger crowd, with lots of lessons in the ethical treatment of animals and what makes us human.


    6. The book is interesting and compelling, but it is difficult to suspend your disbelief to buy that this gorilla thinks and acts like an 11-year-old child with some gorilla tendencies. If you can get past that, it raises interesting questions about ethical treatment of animals and what makes someone a person, or even human. For a similar but better read, turn to Kenneth Oppel's Half Brother. They could also be read side-by-side and compared.


    7. Wow. I hadn't read young adult lit for awhile, and this was a great way to return to it! This would be a great read-aloud for 5th-8th grade. Lots of interesting what-ifs to ponder between ethics and science.



    8. i find this book both kidlike and emotional i love it. ortega totaly gets five stars i love himd nothing is better than a happy ending!


    9. If you can suspend disbelief that a gorilla can act exactly like an 11 year old boy, and be able to distinguish between right and wrong, this is actually a very sweet story.


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