Friday, October 3, 2008
Chanda's Wars by Alan Stratton
This compelling book tells the story of Chanda, who due to her mother's recent death, is responsible for the well-being of her brother and sister. Encouraged to make amends with her estranged family, Chanda travels to a nearby town from which her brother and sister are stolen by a group of rebels. This book is, in large part, a book about child soldiers in war-torn Africa. More than that, however, this is a family story and one of courage and adventure. The narrative is well-constructed and Stratton keeps you wondering with each page what is going to happen. This book gets a Thumbs Up from me. Though this is a follow-up book to Chanda's Secret it certainly does stand alone. I did not read the first book and still found this one to be incredibly moving.