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By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Teen Ark stowaway tale rife with sexual tension, ape sex.

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Most of this story takes place in the close confines of the Ark, and the claustrophobic, helpless frustration is reflected in the sometimes slow-moving plot. Best-selling author Donna Jo Napoli has made a career from complex, deeply researched retellings of myths, fairy tales, and historic events. Here, she uses the story of Noah's Ark to examine life, death, and unintended consequences. From survival techniques to ancient social customs, there's a lot of interesting detail along the way.

Sex, and sexual tension, are nearly constant, especially between the two bonobos that befriend Sebah: "I'm no stranger to animal mating -- no country girl is. But this mating is different; Queen and The Male mate at any excuse....They are entirely delighted with mating. Aban might have liked The Male; he looked at mating the same way."

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