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Chandas Wars [Paperback]

Allan Stratton
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Feb. 21 2008

Listen to Allan Stratton reading from  Chanda's Wars.

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.

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?A masterpiece.?
? VOYA (STARRED REVIEW) () --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

ALLAN STRATTON is the internationally acclaimed author of Chanda’s Secrets, winner of twenty-six awards and citations including the ALA’s Michael L. Printz Honor Book, the Children’s Africana Best Book Award and Booklist’s Editor’s Choice. The film version, Life, Above All, won the Prix François Chalais at the Cannes Film Festival and was South Africa’s Oscar entry for best foreign language film. Its sequel, Chanda’s Wars, won the CLA Young Adult Book Award and was a Junior Library Guild selection (USA). His most recent novel, Borderline, earned an American Library Association Best Fiction nod. All his books have been nominated for the White Pine Award. He lives in Toronto. Visit him online at www.allanstratton.com.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too May 18 2010
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Page Turner Jan. 12 2011
By C. york - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too May 18 2010
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good May 8 2009
By Faith Stein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Chanda's Wars May 10 2013
By Patricia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good intro to the topic (children soldiers) Feb. 13 2013
By Gail A Kirby - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Definitely written for teens, this was a simple introduction to how children are being used as soldiers in wars that raised enough thoughts for me (not a teen!) to pursue additional study.
It's more thought-provoking than sad, so I would recommend it for YA and recommend something more detailed or non-fiction for adults.
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