Life, Above All
Allan Stratton
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UK Price: £6.99
Format: Paperback
Age: 13+ & YA
Size: 198x129mm
Extent: 208pp
ISBN: 978-1-906427-96-2
Publication date: June 2011
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Like any girl, 16-year-old Chanda Kabelo has secrets.

She is determined to be loyal to her rebellious friend Esther, she worries about passing her exams, and she wishes she didn’t have to spend so much time listening to her Mama chat with their nosy neighbour Mrs Tafa.

But one secret threatens to silence everything.  All around her people are dying and everyone is afraid to say why. But Chanda knows - it’s because of AIDS. 

LIFE, ABOVE ALL is the tense and deeply moving story of one girl’s struggle to rescue the people she loves from a tragedy that is destroying her world.  

(First published in the UK under the title Chanda's Secrets)

' ... will keep kids reading and break the silence about the tragedy [of AIDS].'
Booklist Starred Review
'Chanda is a character whom readers come to care for and believe in, in spite of her almost impossible situation.'
School Library Journal
'Painful and powerful in equal measure – as it should be. An extraordinary literary achievement.'
Michael Morpurgo

I’m alone in the office of Bateman’s Eternal Light Funeral Services. It’s early Monday morning and Mr Bateman is busy with a new

"I wrote Chanda's Secrets [LIFE, ABOVE ALL] to put a human face to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. When I'm writing about Chanda's love for her mom, I’m really writing about my love for my own."

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