The last place seventeen-year-old fashionista, Claire, wants to go is on a South African safari with her father. Her discovery of her dad’s extramarital affair has unleashed a tidal wave of anger towards him. Claire’s safari experience improves after meeting Junior, a handsome young guide. But when she breaks a critical game-drive rule, Claire and her father are pulled into the crosshairs of armed rhino poachers. Can Claire and her dad overcome their broken relationship in order to save their own lives and the last two black rhinos from extinction?
REVIEWS OF RHINO IN THE ROOM
If you have never been on an African safari, this is as vicariously close as you will get to doing so. If you have, you will recognize the vividly-described sights, smells, sounds and elemental rush of an intense wilderness experience. Rhino in the Room is far more profound than a fast-paced thriller. It’s the story of vanishing wildlife that’s happening on our watch.
Co-author of The Elephant Whisperer
Hedgecock has a mastery of evocative language and seamlessly guides the reader through the details of both an African safari adventure, as well as the poaching that takes place. The reader experiences everything in such detail that the experience becomes real. The plight of the rhinos is made quite clear and it is difficult not to feel helpless as the novel develops. Rhino eases you slowly into the action, but then holds you tight until the highly charged finish, leaving the reader exhausted and satisfied.
Books `N Pieces Magazine
Jill Hedgecock writes with passion about the near extinction of the black rhino and the human predators who stalk it, and she tells an exciting story for YA readers in the process.
Author of Molokai
Emmy winner, L.A. Law
Rhino infuses the sights, sounds and smells of Africa at its most intense and captivating in a coming-of-age story full of adventure on a safari in South Africa. Sit tight. It is a wild ride!
Wendy Blakeley, Founder
Africa Matters (www.africamattersusa.org and Facebook Africa Mattersusa)
Arts Coordinator, Painted Dog Conservation Zimbabwe
Rhino in the Room is a beautifully written and an intellectually stimulating debut novel from Jill Hedgecock. It’s power is in advocating for a worthy cause–that of the rhino, using the storyteller’s eye. This is a novel for anyone with an interest in the natural world and the rhino. This is a novel for everyone!
Mwanaka Media and Publishing Pvt, Ltd.