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Chanda's Secrets Paperback – 2 May 2005

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (2 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904442595
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904442592
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 820,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Allan Stratton lives in Toronto, Canada. He is an award-winning and internationally published and produced playwright and novelist. A novel set against the AIDS pandemic, then, is not a book about a virus, but a book about the impact of a virus on universal themes central to the human heart: the love between parents and children, the loyalty of friends, the fear of abandonment, the terror of stigma, the pain of bereavement, and the courage to live with truth. ALLAN STRATTON

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Great book which my son needed for his English literature exam. Quite an interesting read actually so pleased I bought it for him.
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By Crissy on 25 April 2013
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Riveting, Gripping, Simply Amazing a must read. From the beginning of this title to the end was captivating. I sat and listened to this title( Courtesy of in 1 sitting) I have never done that.
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By Kate on 18 Aug. 2014
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Very well written and informative
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"Don't Ever Let Them See You Crying" 23 Dec. 2005
By Jon Linden - Published on
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In a touching and heart rending story, Mr. Stratton has captured one of the anomalies of life on this planet at this point in time. "Chanda's Secret" deals with the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa. While AIDS is significant enough in the United States it is truly an epidemic in parts of Africa, where up to 3 out of every 4 people have AIDS. Stratton's book deals with the subject most artistically.

The biggest anomaly about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa is that even though it is hugely prevalent, it is a huge stigma to have the disease. It is not only a stigma for the patient, but for the patient's entire family. Many would rather go off and die or commit suicide to spare their families from living with the shame of knowing they were an "AIDS Family."

In this book, the reality of the disease is portrayed through the eyes of a young girl in Africa. She has to deal with most difficult life conditions, but then on top of all that, AIDS strikes at her house. The story tells most tenderly and appropriately about the trials and tribulations of her dilemma and what could be done if only people were willing to face things straight on, rather than hiding from the reality.

The book is extraordinarily well written. It is recommended for all readers between 12 and 112 for a close look at the HIV/AIDS dilemma in Africa. Stratton shows true tenderness and care when he describes the reality, yet manages to get that reality across in rather stark imagery. It is well worth the time to read.
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"Misery loves company" 5 Sept. 2006
By Steve A. - Published on
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Chanda's Secret is about a 16-year-old girl named Chanda Kabelo who is growing up in Africa. She loves school and is very smart. She would like to win a scholarship one day, but as most of us know one of the biggest problems in Africa is how to deal with aids. Many people in Africa have aids and so do the many people around Chanda, not only friends but family too.

Allan Stratton captures the meaning of a young girl growing up in Africa trying to help her family in the best way she knows how. She tries to make her family proud and at the same time help her mother out as much as she can. She fights to be the best she can be and lives each day with more questions and answers.

I would recommend this meaningful book to anyone going into high school or older. This book is a very good example of what a young teenager does to help everyone before herself, no matter what rumors are going around.
Understanding the AIDS crisis in Africa 6 Jan. 2009
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I know that the recommended grade level is 9-12, but I would only use it for very mature 11th and 12th graders. There is lots of sexual content; Chanda's mother has several partners through her life, Chanda is molested, and there are instances of prostitution.

With that being said, this book will explain the problems of dealing with the treatment of AIDS in Africa. There is no communication about the disease, no one wants to be seen going into the clinic to be tested for it, anything. It really opened my eyes to the problems these people have to face everyday, horrific to say the least.

One of the reviews on the back of the book sums up my feelings "This powerful story hits home with its harsh truths, its pain, and its hard-won hopefulness. No-One can read Chanda's Secrets and remain untouched by the young people who are caught in the AIDS pandemic" (Written by Stephen Lewis, a worker for the UN).

I gave it 5 stars because I learned so much about AIDS, and I became emotionally attached to Chanda. I wanted her to have a good life, and for something to go right for her. And as we all know, making a connection with a character is what keeps people reading!

Just keep in mind that because of the adult content, young readers need to be mature, and culturally aware.
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Sad 11 Jun. 2008
By Peaches - Published on
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Great book for a teen, I brought this book for my daughter and she loved it. There is a second novel titled "Chanda's War" that I am going to order for her.
Harrowing but Wonderful 31 Dec. 2009
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Sixteen year old Chanda lives in a small village in Africa. When her mother turns ill and vanishes to retrieve treatment, Chanda's in charge of her two younger siblings as well as best friend who might have contracted AIDS. She carefully balances providing an honorable life for her loved ones with standing up for what she believes in, regardless of what others think. The book was an extremely powerful read - dark and deep - that I definitely enjoyed. Chanda is a great character for young adults to read about. She's determined, responsible and incredibly aware.
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