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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Annick Press (March 6 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550378341
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550378344
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.8 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachel C. on April 8 2007
Format: Hardcover
"Chanda's Secrets" is perhaps one of the most inspirational novels I have had the pleasure of reading in my entire (short) life.

Allan Stratton takes an incredibly important and real topic and portrays it in such a way that is impossible not to fall completely head first into. You can feel Chanda's emotions; her utter heartbreak and yearning and at the same time get an un-biased, real understanding of such a large epidemic. Important lessons and notions are taught in this heartbreaking and powerful novel. I recommend it to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caren Cowan on April 19 2004
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Sixteen-year-old Chanda Kabelo is a true hero. She puts her family and friendship first above herself and what the "neighbors" think. Allan Stratton's story of Chanda's family and community draws a vivid picture of what the AID's epidemic is doing to Africa. Extremely powerful, don't miss it!
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"Don't Ever Let Them See You Crying" Dec 22 2005
By Jon Linden - Published on Amazon.com
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In a touching and heart rending story, Mr. Stratton has captured one of the anomalies of life on this planet at this point in time. "Chanda's Secret" deals with the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa. While AIDS is significant enough in the United States it is truly an epidemic in parts of Africa, where up to 3 out of every 4 people have AIDS. Stratton's book deals with the subject most artistically.

The biggest anomaly about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa is that even though it is hugely prevalent, it is a huge stigma to have the disease. It is not only a stigma for the patient, but for the patient's entire family. Many would rather go off and die or commit suicide to spare their families from living with the shame of knowing they were an "AIDS Family."

In this book, the reality of the disease is portrayed through the eyes of a young girl in Africa. She has to deal with most difficult life conditions, but then on top of all that, AIDS strikes at her house. The story tells most tenderly and appropriately about the trials and tribulations of her dilemma and what could be done if only people were willing to face things straight on, rather than hiding from the reality.

The book is extraordinarily well written. It is recommended for all readers between 12 and 112 for a close look at the HIV/AIDS dilemma in Africa. Stratton shows true tenderness and care when he describes the reality, yet manages to get that reality across in rather stark imagery. It is well worth the time to read.
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"Misery loves company" Sept. 4 2006
By Steve A. - Published on Amazon.com
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Chanda's Secret is about a 16-year-old girl named Chanda Kabelo who is growing up in Africa. She loves school and is very smart. She would like to win a scholarship one day, but as most of us know one of the biggest problems in Africa is how to deal with aids. Many people in Africa have aids and so do the many people around Chanda, not only friends but family too.

Allan Stratton captures the meaning of a young girl growing up in Africa trying to help her family in the best way she knows how. She tries to make her family proud and at the same time help her mother out as much as she can. She fights to be the best she can be and lives each day with more questions and answers.

I would recommend this meaningful book to anyone going into high school or older. This book is a very good example of what a young teenager does to help everyone before herself, no matter what rumors are going around.
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By Peaches - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Great book for a teen, I brought this book for my daughter and she loved it. There is a second novel titled "Chanda's War" that I am going to order for her.
Good book for all ages April 8 2014
By DeeDee Hawk - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was assigned to my son's class for reading. When I read the back, I decided I would read it too. Very good book for young adults to read, in fact all age groups. Very good story line with grown up and child situations. I want to read the next book.
Chanda's Secrets May 10 2013
By Patricia - Published on Amazon.com
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Saw the movie and had to read the book. Great read and will recommend to family and friends. WIll also be getting Chanda's War.

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