Chanda's Wars by Allan Stratton

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She promised her mama she'd keep them safe.

It's been six months since Mama died, and Chanda is struggling to raise her little brother and sister. Determined to end a family feud, she takes them to her relatives' remote rural village.

But across the nearby border, a brutal civil war is spreading. Rebels led by the ruthless General Mandiki attack at night, stealing children. All that separates Chanda from the horror is a stretch of rugged bush and a national park alive with predators. Soon, not even that. Before she knows it, Chanda must face the unthinkable, with a troubled young tracker as her unlikely ally.

Chanda's Wars is the unforgettable story of a teenager who risks everything to save her brother and sister. Epic in its sweep, intimate in its humanity, here is a gripping tale of family intrigue, love and courage, forgiveness and hope.


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 August 18, 2009 by HarperTeen. 416 pages
Genres: Young Adult, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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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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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