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ISBN13: 9781550378344
ISBN10: 1550378341
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An unforgettable novel about family, loyalty and survival in sub-Saharan Africa — now a major motion picture.

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 Sorcieres. 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.

No-one can read Chanda's Secrets and remain untouched.

-- Stephen Lewis, former UN special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa and current chair of the board of the Stephen Lewis Foundation and co-director of AIDS-Free World

The message about overcoming ignorance and shame and confronting the facts is ever-present, but the tense story and the realistic characters . . . will keep kids reading and break the silence about the tragedy.

-- Booklist (starred review)

Smart and determined, Chanda is a character whom readers come to care for and believe in, in spite of her almost impossible situation. The details of sub-Saharan African life are convincing and smoothly woven into this moving story of poverty and courage, but the real insight for readers will be the appalling treatment of the AIDS victims.

-- School library Journal (starred review)

Synopsis:

An unforgettable novel about family, loyalty and survival in sub-Saharan Africa — now a major motion picture.

As soon as I get back from the shabeen, I go next door to see Mrs. Tafa. I have to ask to use her phone to let our relatives know about Sara. I'm nervous. Mrs. Tafa would like to run the world. Since she can't run the world she's decided to run our neighborhood.

So speaks sixteen-year-old Chanda, an astonishingly perceptive girl living in the small city of Bonang, a fictional city in Southern Africa.

While Mrs. Tafa's hijinks are often amusing, the fact is that Chanda's world is profoundly difficult. When her youngest sister dies, the first hint of HIV/AIDS emerges.

In this sensitive, swiftly-paced story readers will find echoes of To Kill a Mockingbird as Chanda must confront undercurrents of shame and stigma. Not afraid to explore the horrific realities of AIDS, Chanda's Secrets also captures the enduring strength of loyalty, friendship and family ties. Above all, it is a story about the corrosive nature of secrets and the healing power of truth.

Through the artful style of acclaimed author Stratton, the determination and resilience Chanda embodies will live on in readers' minds.

Synopsis:

A young adult novel set in modern Africa tells the story of Chanda, a 16-year-old girl who must confront the realities of HIV/AIDS, as well as the corrosive nature of secrets and the healing power of truth.

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thekid313, January 6, 2007 (view all comments by thekid313)
excellent book really heart warming and truthful about the aids epidemic
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781550378344
Author:
Stratton, Allan
Publisher:
Annick Press
Location:
Toronto
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Health & Medicine - Diseases
Subject:
People & Places - Africa
Subject:
AIDS (Disease)
Subject:
Family problems
Subject:
Children s-General
Copyright:
Series Volume:
2492
Publication Date:
20040331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
193
Dimensions:
725x500
Age Level:
14-17

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Product details 193 pages Annick Press - English 9781550378344 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , An unforgettable novel about family, loyalty and survival in sub-Saharan Africa — now a major motion picture.

As soon as I get back from the shabeen, I go next door to see Mrs. Tafa. I have to ask to use her phone to let our relatives know about Sara. I'm nervous. Mrs. Tafa would like to run the world. Since she can't run the world she's decided to run our neighborhood.

So speaks sixteen-year-old Chanda, an astonishingly perceptive girl living in the small city of Bonang, a fictional city in Southern Africa.

While Mrs. Tafa's hijinks are often amusing, the fact is that Chanda's world is profoundly difficult. When her youngest sister dies, the first hint of HIV/AIDS emerges.

In this sensitive, swiftly-paced story readers will find echoes of To Kill a Mockingbird as Chanda must confront undercurrents of shame and stigma. Not afraid to explore the horrific realities of AIDS, Chanda's Secrets also captures the enduring strength of loyalty, friendship and family ties. Above all, it is a story about the corrosive nature of secrets and the healing power of truth.

Through the artful style of acclaimed author Stratton, the determination and resilience Chanda embodies will live on in readers' minds.

"Synopsis" by , A young adult novel set in modern Africa tells the story of Chanda, a 16-year-old girl who must confront the realities of HIV/AIDS, as well as the corrosive nature of secrets and the healing power of truth.
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