The Ape Star has everything I want in a novel – humour, plot, drama, emotion, a strong and unlikely friendship – and the good people win.

Julia Marshall, Publisher

The Ape Star (PREORDER)

$19.99

In this awardwinning chapter book about prejudice and justice, an orphan girl is adopted by a gorilla who lives in a junkyard and a surprising friendship grows between them.

Jonna lives in an orphanage whose manager is strict and obsessed with cleanliness. Like all the other children, Jonna has only one dream: to be adopted by a well-dressed mother who smells of perfume. But one day, a beat-up old car pulls up. The door opens and out step two thick hairy legs with muddy boots, followed by a belly as round as a barrel, and finally, a head like an overgrown pear. It’s a gorilla!
Surely the orphanage won’t let a gorilla adopt a child. But, to Jonna’s horror, the gorilla chooses her…

Jonna sleeps in a hammock, and in the evenings the gorilla reads Dickens in her worn armchair. It turns out Jonna and the gorilla have a lot in common. But just when they’ve started to get along, a man from the council threatens to send Jonna back to the orphanage.

The Ape Star is a heartwarming and unconventional chapter book about love, adoption, friendship, and seeing from different perspectives.

An animated adaption starring Stellan Skarsgård (Thor: Ragnarok, Mamma Mia) is now showing worldwide.

Written by Frida Nilsson, with images from the feature film by LEE Films. Translated by Julia Marshall.

Read the first chapter by clicking here

Ebook available wherever you buy your ebooks

COMING AUGUST 2022

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  • Book Details

    Country of Origin Sweden
    Reader Age 6-8 year, 8-12 year
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  • Reviews

    1. Jo Bowers

      Just read this in one sitting, I can’t recommend it enough. It’s heartwarming, different, life-affirming and a story you want to be in!


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