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Chanda’s Wars

By: Allan Stratton

As rumors of civil war circulate in Ngala, Chanda travels to her extended family's village, hoping to reconcile with them. Chanda's family welcomes her and her younger brother and sister, but soon they demand she marry a surly (if somewhat charming) tracker named Nelson. Chanda refuses and prepares to leave town. Before she can flee, the brutal guerrilla General Mandikiattacks and kidnaps all the children, including Chanda's siblings. Now Chanda and Nelson must join together to try to save what remains of their families. Author's note.

ISBN: 9780060872649

JLG Release: Apr 2008


Sensitive Areas: Violence: Graphic Descriptions, Language: Mild Language, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse
Topics: Africa , War's devastating effects on children , Kidnapping , Child soldiers , AIDS , Orphans , Family feuds , Interpersonal relationships , Mourning loved ones , Grief , Child abuse , Prophetic dreams , Superstition , Honoring ancestors , Responsibility , Defying family expectations , Standing up for yourself , Forgiveness , Love , Betrayal , Facing danger , Survival skills , Relying on knowledge , Perseverance , Heroes , Humanity and inhumanity , Truth and lies , Recovering from a terrible experience , Healing emotional wounds , Asking for help , Social ostracism , Ignoring the opinions of others , Finding peace , Refusing to give up your dreams , New beginnings , Hope

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal

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Chanda has reached some level of stability in her life since readers first met her in Chanda's Secrets (Annick, 2004). She takes care of her younger brother and sister and works as a teaching assistant to support her family. However, Chanda is pursued by nightmares. Friends and neighbors soon persuade her to take her siblings to the coun

Chanda has reached some level of stability in her life since readers first met her in Chanda's Secrets (Annick, 2004). She takes care of her younger brother and sister and works as a teaching assistant to support her family. However, Chanda is pursued by nightmares. Friends and neighbors soon persuade her to take her siblings to the countryside to end the feud with their mother's family. The ravages of AIDS and poverty on a fictional, but realistic sub-Saharan African country are once again depicted with unflinching honesty, but it is the issue of child soldiers, a tragedy that affects more than 300,000 children around the world, that takes center stage. Stratton deftly handles the devastating effects war can have on young people. Horrific things happen to the characters, though Chanda's first-person narrative never gets unnecessarily graphic in the detail. The author strives for authenticity in the psyche of child soldiers and, through substantial research, captures a voice that is seldom heard. This story is both suspenseful and engaging. Chanda is steadfast in the face of adversity, and the book is as hopeful and spirited as its protagonist.
Ernie Bond, Salisbury University, MD

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In this story set in a fictitious African country, Chanda (Chanda's Secrets) and her siblings, Iris and Soly, agree to visit their grandmother, who abandoned their mother when she contracted AIDS. Rebel soldiers invade Granny's village, and Iris and Soly are forced into military slavery. The inhumanity of which humankind is capable emerges c In this story set in a fictitious African country, Chanda (Chanda's Secrets) and her siblings, Iris and Soly, agree to visit their grandmother, who abandoned their mother when she contracted AIDS. Rebel soldiers invade Granny's village, and Iris and Soly are forced into military slavery. The inhumanity of which humankind is capable emerges clearly along with Chanda's unwavering strength and determination.

Book Details

ISBN

9780060872649

First Release

April 2008

Genre

Fiction.

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5" x 7 1/8"

Page Count

400

Accelerated Reader

Level 3.5; Points: 9;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 3.2; Points: 17;

Lexile

Level 530L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

HarperCollins

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: Graphic Descriptions, Language: Mild Language, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse

Topics

Africa, War's devastating effects on children, Kidnapping, Child soldiers, AIDS, Orphans, Family feuds, Interpersonal relationships, Mourning loved ones, Grief, Child abuse, Prophetic dreams, Superstition, Honoring ancestors, Responsibility, Defying family expectations, Standing up for yourself, Forgiveness, Love, Betrayal, Facing danger, Survival skills, Relying on knowledge, Perseverance, Heroes, Humanity and inhumanity, Truth and lies, Recovering from a terrible experience, Healing emotional wounds, Asking for help, Social ostracism, Ignoring the opinions of others, Finding peace, Refusing to give up your dreams, New beginnings, Hope,

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