Written by Richard Kurti
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Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014 - May 2013 Debut of the Month A thrilling debut novel explores tribal behaviour and the dangerous consequences of it in an action packed story of two competing monkey tribes. A troop of aggressive Langur monkeys make a savage raid on the Rhesus monkeys killing them mercilessly. For one young Langur, the brutality is a step too far. Mico is appalled by the violence and steps in to help the surviving Rhesus. But crossing the tribal line is a dangerous act. What seemed like the right action to Mico sets him at odds with his own corrupt leadership and the secrets they are so keen to defend. His fight for survival is tense and compelling.
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- Robin Johansson, age 14 - 'From the start, this book is an action packed page turner..I would unquestionably recommend this book!'
- Alice D'Angelo - 'I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys an interesting, original story.'
- Safiyah Afghan - 'Full of twists and turns, adventure and romance this book is a fantastic book that readers will find hard to put down.'
- Josh Travers, age 14 - 'An absolute page turner, this book flows swiftly and smoothly, taking the reader on a magical journey across the bustling city of Kolkata through the eyes of the monkeys that fight to call it home.'
- Darcy Elliman, age 15 'Monkey Wars is a beautiful and well written story from the perspective of two young rival monkeys. It’s a heart-warming and gripping story that will stay with any reader.'
Carla McGuigan, age 13 - 'one of my favourites and I would suggest it to both boys and girls.'
Monkey Wars by Richard Kurti
This title is a remarkable and unflinching examination of the politics of power. When the Langur monkey troop rises to power on the dusty streets of Calcutta, it is at a price. A brutal massacre drives the Rhesus troop out of the place they called home and forces them to embark on a dangerous journey. But one Langur monkey, Mico, is prepared to stand up to the tyrannical Langur regime and fight for truth, friendship and love. As Mico uncovers the secrets and lies at the heart of the corrupt Langur leadership, he quickly realizes he is playing a dangerous game. And when monkeys turn on each other, there can be no survivors...
“Strikingly original” – Anthony Horowitz
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