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Chanda's Wars Paperback – September 1, 2009
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good conclusion to Chanda's Secret. Will recommend to relatives and friends - I would love to see the movie made for this also as I totally enjoyed watching Chanda's Secret.Published on May 10, 2013 by Patricia