Chanda's Secrets (Chanda #1)

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Chanda's Secrets (Chanda #1)
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14+
Release Date
March 06, 2004
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1550378341
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Chanda's Secrets was first published in 2004 to extraordinary international acclaim. It won the Michael L. Printz Honor Book for Excellence in YA Literature, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults selection and, in France, was a finalist for the Prix Sorcières. It has now been made into a major motion picture, under the name Life, Above All. The film received a 10-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival and was honored with the prestigious Prix Francois Chalais. To coincide with the film's North American release by Sony Classics, the cover of this new reprint features a poignant still from the movie.

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Reader reviewed by PEaceChik

This book is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO down to Earth. All the secrets and all the shame about AIDS like in the book are probebley really what's it like in Africa(I bet its South Africa) and here in the U.S of A its like that too.  No one really wants to say outright they have AIDS so they just keep it a secret till they die.  This book is about a strong sister trying to grow up but at the same time has to deal with everything: from her father's death, her sister's death, the talk about her mother's illness, her friend, and taking care of her little siblings.  Anyone who wants to knoe more about AIDS should read this book!!!!

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A struggle with AIDS
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Reader reviewed by MRose52

"Chanda's Secrets" is moving in a unique way. It is the story of a young girl coming to terms with AIDS and how it affects her country (Africa) and it's people. I really enjoyed this book, and I'm sure many others will too. this is a boosk for someone who is searching for something a little deeper, and wants more understanding of the world, but also dosent want to fight overwhelming emotions of a memoir such as "A Long Way Gone" (novel written by a former child soldier of Sierra Leone).

I'd definatly recomend this book to may children and adults.
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A Heartbreaking 'Coming of Age' Story
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Reader reviewed by Casey Hurtgen


Chanda's Secrets, an amazing novel by Allan Strattan, is set in southern Africa. The book opens with the main character, sixteen year old Chanda, making arrangements for her baby sister's funeral. Chanda lives in a world of mysterious illness and hushed whispers. Everyone is afraid to speak of the disease surrounding them - AIDS.

As she watches her mama struggle to support her family and her best friend falls into the dark world of prostitution, Chanda relies on her inner strength. When friends and family begin to fall ill, Chanda alone is fearless of the truth.

This is a beautifully written story offering a raw glimpse at the AIDS epidemic sweeping southern Africa. Stratton effectively puts faces to the many heartbreaking statistics.
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Her secrets are worth reading...
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Reader reviewed by safia

This book is not to be taken lightly. This book is about raw truths- poverty, AIDS, and death. This is the story of one teenager in Africa as she struggles to overcome the difficulties in her life.

Chanda is a smart and determined girl. She takes care of her family in sounthern Africa where almost everybody lives in poverty and the coffins fill steadily as AIDS spreads. Where Chanda lives, AIDS is higly feared but only aknowledged in hushed tones. Read about Chanda's courage in this powerful story which will open your eyes.
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