Chanda's Wars

Chanda's Wars

Book - 2008
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Chandra Kabelo, a teenaged African girl, must save her younger siblings after they are kidnapped and forced to serve as child soldiers in General Mandiki's rebel army.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperTrophyCanada, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781554680252
Branch Call Number: STR
Characteristics: 384 pages ; 18 cm

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molly0324 Aug 07, 2013

An amazing book. I couldn't put it down. So good! :D

Cdnbookworm Feb 11, 2013

This novel is for older children and younger teens. It is set in a fictional African country and covers many issues from child soldiers to AIDs to cultural change. Chanda is a young woman forced to become the mother to her two younger siblings due to her mother`s death from AIDs. She resents the way the rest of her family back in the village treated her mother, but a series of recurring nightmares and the advice of those she trusts lead her to make up the rift and take the children back to the village for a visit and to meet the rest of the family. But the family has plans she hadn`t expected and when the rebel army comes closer than expected, Chanda must use all her knowledge to team up with a friend and try to rescue the children from their kidnappers.
Inspired by the wars in Africa, and child soldiers, along with the spread of AIDS on that continent, this book would be a good book club choice with lots of discussion points.

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20500000680814
May 30, 2012

One of the most amazing books ever!

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iluvcathycassidy
Apr 13, 2012

Extremely moving! Made me appreciate what I have and how lucky I am to have it.

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haley412
Apr 11, 2012

B-E-A-UTIFUL!!! i love nelson and cant wait till the next!!!

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HannahRocks
Jun 16, 2011

The most amazing book I have ever read!!! I wish there was a sequel to this !!

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purplecow03
May 17, 2011

This book is written in such a way as to allow the reader to step into the character of Chanda and experience the story in a "first-hand" way. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down. It caught my attention from the beginning and held it the whole way through.

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Bells
Jun 04, 2010

Chanda raises her younger siblings after the death of their mother. When her family is attacked by an invading warlord, she must journey to save her brother and sister from a horrific life as child soldiers. This novel is tragic yet hopeful. An excellent read for teens and adults alike.

Devashar Apr 03, 2010

So sad and heartbreaking. It's hard to believe that this book mimics what happens in some third world countries of the world, past and present. Though at the end, I like how Chanda has hope that life will be better for her and siblings.

smileFNF Apr 13, 2009

Wow. This book was GREAT. I loved it, it had a lot of emotion, it was a bit long but I couldn't put it down. It was so so so addicting x) but it was honestly well written, and it was just great.

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Apr 13, 2012

iluvcathycassidy thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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purplecow03
May 17, 2011

purplecow03 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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awake88
Apr 19, 2009

awake88 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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purplecow03
May 17, 2011

"Rest easy, Mama... Soly, Iris. Wherever you are, I'm here with you, you hear? I'm coming to get you. I'm going to bring you home" (Stratton 224)

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purplecow03
May 17, 2011

"All I know is I love you. I always will, no matter what" (Stratton 349)

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purplecow03
May 17, 2011

The protagonist, Chanda Kabelo, is an orphan. Her father died in a mining accident and her mother died of AIDS. When Chanda's mother first realized that she had AIDS, she travelled to Tiro to be with Chanda's grandparents, aunts, and uncles. When they find out that Chanda's mother has AIDS, they shun her from the community. As a result, Chanda's mother dies. Since then there has been hatred between Chanda and her extended family.

The book starts by describing Chanda's nightmare. She is trying to run towards Tiro, while being chased by "them". She has had this nightmare multiple times, and eventually she is told by her neighbour, her friend, and her teacher, that the dream means that she must go to Tiro. For the sake of her siblings, Soly and Iris, Chanda goes to Tiro. While there, the rebels from the neighbouring region of Ngala attack the village of Tiro and capture all the children to make them child soldiers. Chanda was not captured and is determined to rescue her siblings. She puts aside her fear and pride to try to bring her sibling back home.

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