Broken-hearted after losing her brother in a terrorist attack, 17-year-old Yael Amar seeks solace on an elephant conservation program in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.
Catapulted into a world harmonious with nature, and dazzled by her new best friend, Yael reunites with her devoted boyfriend, and becomes fascinated by a local ranger. Then, she sees something shocking. With her newfound haven now seething with blood and betrayal, she must keep a secret from the people she loves most to protect them and stand against the murderous forces that threaten Kruger.
But will taking a stand do more harm than good?
Broken-hearted after losing her only brother in a terrorist attack, 17-year-old Yael Amar seeks solace on an elephant conservation program in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.
She is soon catapulted into a world harmonious with nature where she can heal and devote herself to the wildlife that is so important for the continued existence of all mankind. She is dazzled by her new best friend, reunites with her devoted boyfriend, and is fascinated by a local ranger who peels back another layer of meaning in her surroundings with each lesson.
Then, on a drive through the safari, she sees something shocking. Soon her haven on earth is seething with blood and betrayal and she is warned that she is no match for the evil that lurks in the men’s hearts around her.
Now she has a secret she must keep from the people she loves the most if she is to stand against the murderous forces that threaten Kruger, her new friends, and her own life.
But will taking a stand do more harm than good?
1.What is the significance of the title No Entry? Would you have given the book a different title? If yes, what is your title?
2.Yael Amar finds herself in extraordinary circumstances in No Entry once she realizes the identity of the poachers. Do you empathize with her? Are any of her circumstances familiar to you?
3.How does telling the story from Yael’s perspective influence your perception of events? Would Nadine or Sipho have told the story differently? How?
4.Did you agree with Yael when she chose to lie to David about what she saw on her off-trail drive?
5.What is the central theme of No Entry? Do you feel themes were adequately explored? Were they brought to life in a cliché or in a unique manner?
6.Did you learn anything about South Africa from reading No Entry?
Did you learn more about city-life or rural life? Did you learn about African culture?
7.Did you find parts of the book interesting even if you did not enjoy them? Can you find a book educational an interesting without enjoying it? For example, you may not have sympathized with Yael, but you did learn something about elephant poaching. Do you agree?
8.Did No Entry change your perception of elephant extinction? South Africa? Going on a safari? Did the book make you want to visit Kruger National Park?
9.What scene was the most pivotal for the book? How do you think the story would have changed had that scene not taken place?
10. What do you think will happen to Yael, Nadine, David and Sipho in the future? What would you like to see in the sequel?
11. What is motivating the actions of the sub-characters in the story? What do Yael’s parents want from her and what does Yael want from them? What about Jake Woolf? Did he secretly want to replace David as Yael’s boyfriend?
12. Did you think the ending was appropriate? How would you have liked to have seen the ending go?
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In No Entry, Canadian teenager, Yael Amar, signs on to an elephant conservation program and ends up coming face to face with violence, greed, murder, and the taste of a very real danger for all of us: elephant extinction. The story takes place in South Africa’s famous, breathtaking Kruger National Park.
Yael vows to devote herself to saving the planet from human greed and is set to learn all she can about ivory poaching when she accidentally encounters a murderous poaching ring taking place below the surface of her newfound paradise. She receives a second blow when she discovers her idol, Clara Smith, the prestigious and well-respected program director, profits from blood ivory, while preaching about the sanctity of wildlife. Yael is forced to decide on a new mission: expose this poaching ring to the police or return to the safety of her normal life—before she becomes their next victim.
On her journey she is accompanied at times by her conservative, naive boyfriend, David, and at other times by her new brash best friend, New Yorker, Nadine Kelly. She is inspired by her African guide Sipho, a poverty-stricken artist, professional park ranger, and ultimately, her partner in risking her life.
At the same time as Yael is forced to confront the ugly face of elephant slaughter, she grieves the loss of her brother, Ezra, murdered in a terrorist firebombing before the novel begins. It is this grief that gives her the strength to confront the evil men, who would empty Africa of every last elephant to fill their own pockets.
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‘A pod of hippos snort, flash their dangerous teeth.’
‘The heavens are cloudless, the sun a crack of shining gold in the sky.’
‘Her need to make a star impression is absurd, even to her, especially now with the taste of blood in her mouth.’
‘“The world is full of thieves.” “And murderers.”
‘We’re living our lives, not hiding from anybody, hiding means surrender and that’s not in our vocabulary.’
‘She sees the suitcase she delivered in the huge hands of that poacher, his face hidden behind large, dark sunglasses.’
‘His eyes are the color of the tiny, dark blue, spiky flowers on the Blue Squill plants.’
‘This is a test she has to pass.’
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