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Chanda's Wars Paperback – September 1, 2009

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Book 2 of 2 in the Chanda Series

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About the Author

Allan Stratton is the internationally acclaimed author of the Michael L. Printz Honor Book Chanda's Secrets. His novel Chanda's Wars was a Junior Library Guild selection, and his other novels, Borderline and Leslie's Journal, were both ALA Best Book for Young Adults selections. Allan has safaried in Africa, hiked the Great Wall of China, explored pyramids in Egypt, and flown over Cappadocia in a balloon. He lives with his partner in Toronto with four cats and a whole lot of fish.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060872659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060872656
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #884,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ALLAN STRATTON is the internationally acclaimed author of CHANDA'S SECRETS, winner of the American Library Association's Michael L. Printz Honor Book, the Children's Africana Book Award, and ALA Booklist's Editor's Choice among others. Allan's first YA novel was the ALA BestBook LESLIE'S JOURNAL, recently re-released in a revised, updated version. His newest novel, CHANDA'S WARS, was a Junior Library Guild selection, won the Canadian Library Association's Young Adult Canadian Book Award, 2009, and is on the CCBC Best Books List. Allan's next novel, BORDERLINE is a coming of age, mystery/thriller about a funny, gutsy, North American Muslim teenager whose father is accused of being part of an international terrorist plot. He loves snorkeling, travel, cats and dogs, exercise and ice cream. Allan is published in the USA, France, Germany, Korea, China, Japan, Vietnam, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Australia and Slovenia. To contact Allan, or to read more about his books, awards, and upcoming readings and events, please visit him online at www.allanstratton.com or follow his blog at http://allanstratton.blogspot.com

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My kids kept asking me what I was reading - because I kept yelping out loud and wiping tears from my eyes. Although Chanda's Wars is a fictional story taking place in a fictional setting, there is no doubt that author Allan Stratton borrows from the real life child soldier stories that come out of Uganda, Sudan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Somalia. The characters in this book may have come from Stratton's head - but their stories are far from fiction.

This book is intended for a teen audience, but anyone who is of the age to understand the tragedies of civil war (or any war- for that matter) will be affected by Chanda's first person perspective as she travels through the bush, seeking out the rebel leader who kidnapped her brother and sister. My kids want to read it - but I told them no (they are 8 years old). I want them to be able understand the story being told, and right now, thankfully, my children are too innocent to be able to grasp what Chanda and her family had to face when their village is raided. It struck me how lucky I am to be able to make that choice for my children, since the youngest character and victim depicted in Chanda's War is five years old.

Chanda's War is a vivid, heartbreaking tale. It was hard to put down for all the right reasons. Chanda is an intelligent, determined character, who relies on instinct, knowledge, love and of all things, humor, to get her though her trials.
I wanted to see Chanda succeed.

Cat York, The Book Cozy
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This fictional treatment of the genocide wars of Africa felt realistic. Though this is a sequel to CHANDA'S SECRETS, this story is a stand alone book. Through Stratton's vivid imagination, we follow Chanda and her small brother and sister as they travel to the next town to visit their grandparents and other relatives.

Chanda's family wants her to marry Nelson, the son of a man who they wanted her mother to marry many years ago. Chanda is shocked, and adamant that she will not marry this boy. As Chanda and her siblings prepare to leave and return to their home, the rebel band of Mandiki attacks the village and kills her grandfather, among many other people, and kidnaps the children. Nelson's little brother was captured earlier and forced to be a guide to the bandits.

Chanda swears that wherever the kids are, she will find them and rescue them. Nelson catches up with her and, together, they set out to find the rebels and save the children. Tracking the band is fraught with difficulties, including hard to follow tracks, crocodiles, and the African heat in the unforgiving bush country.

The characters are likable and sympathetic, and Allan Stratton is a master at crafting a fast-paced plot that keeps you reading to the very satisfying end. It was altogether a very entertaining and captivating story.

The end of the book contains an interview with the author, Nelson's recipe for biltong, "Sixteen Things I'll Never Forget" by the author, an excerpt from his next book, information on rewriting the end of CHANDA'S WARS, and a drawing by a child soldier.

Reviewed by: Grandma Bev
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I am very interested in Africa and even though I usually stick to memoirs (Some of my favorites are A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier and They Poured Fire on Use From the Sky) I did like this book well enough. I would like readers to understand that the story takes place in a fictional country with a fictional war and war lords, this was something that really confused me while I was reading it and disappointed me later. The ending was not at all realistic even if it was satisfying and I got the over all feeling that the author was trying to sugar it up. I wish he might have incorporated more true to life events and gone with a more reasonable depiction of some of the wars in Africa, even if he didn't use a real country.
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