Chanda's Secrets by Allan Stratton

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Chanda’s mother is not herself, her younger sister is acting out, and her best friend needs help. A powerful story set amid the African HIV/AIDS pandemic.

In this sensitive, swiftly paced story, readers will find echoes of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD as Chanda, a 16-year-old, astonishingly perceptive girl living in the small city of Bonang in Africa, must confront the undercurrents of shame and stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.

Through his artful style and dramatic storytelling, Allan Stratton captures the enduring strength of loyalty, the profound impact of loss, and a fearlessness that is powered by the heart. Above all, it is a story about living with truth.

About Allan Stratton

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Allan Stratton is the internationally acclaimed author of the Michael L. Printz Honor Book Chanda's Secrets, which was recently made into the film Life After All. His novel Chanda's Wars was a Junior Library Guild selection and his other novels, Borderline and Leslie's Journal, were ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults selections. He lives with his partner in Toronto. You can visit him online at
Published March 6, 2004 by Annick Press. 200 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Still raw from bringing her mother home to die six months ago, Chanda raises her young siblings in this forceful sequel.

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Chanda’s Mama is slowly weakening and Chanda’s best friend has turned to prostitution, making the spread of HIV ever harder to ignore.

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