Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Chanda's Wars

Book Description (taken from the HarperCollins website)

Allan Stratton won the Michael L. Printz Honor and the Children’s Africana Book Award for Chanda’s Secrets, his searing novel set against the African AIDS pandemic. Now comes Chanda’s Wars, a stand-alone novel that continues Chanda’s story.

After the death of her mother, Chanda knows she alone is responsible for her five-year-old brother and six-year-old sister. Despite a strained relationship with her grandparents, Chanda turns to them for support, travelling to their remote rural village. But refuge is not what she finds. Without warning, rebels from across the border attack the village, kidnapping the children to serve as soldiers in a brutal civil war. Desperate, Chanda turns to a troubled young neighbour for help. Together, the two of them face miles of desolate bushland and a national park swarming with predators— animal and human. Chanda’s Wars—like its award-winning predecessor—is an unforgettable story of love, courage and inspiration, as told by a master storyteller with a boundless passion for life.

ALLAN STRATTON is an award-winning playwright and author. He has written two novels for young adults: Leslie’s Journal, chosen as one of the CBA’s Best of Canadian Young Adult Gems of 2000 and an ALA Best Book; and Chanda’s Secrets, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. Chanda’s Secrets has been published to rave reviews in the U.S., the UK, France, Germany, South Africa, Japan, China, Korea, Australia and other countries around the world. Allan Stratton lives in Toronto. Visit him at www.allanstratton.com.

You can Browse Inside the book HERE.

Thanks so much to HarperCollins for sending me a review copy of this book.


I have not read Chanda's Secrets which made me worry that I would feel lost reading this book but Chanda's Wars really is a stand-alone story. It is beautifully written. Stratton paints amazing word pictures about incredibly sad situations. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.

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