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.