This beautifully written children’s adventure fiction from J. A. Myhre invites kids to explore Africa through the eyes of 10–year–old Mu. Orphaned as a toddler and forced into labor, Mu experiences peril,adventure, and ultimately rescue.A Chameleon, A Boy, and A Quest deals with real–life but (seemingly) faraway themes like the plight of orphans, the duties of child soldiers, and the reality of the Ebola virus. Written by a long–time medical missionary to Africa, the page–turning story is laced with subtle gospel themes. Kids will encounter good and evil and learn the truth about hope, happiness, and what it means to be human in Myhre’s new series of books.
For 8 – to 14–year–olds
I am somewhat older than the target market (cough!) but I really enjoyed this and will be giving it to suitably aged godchildren. I am always on the lookout for good reading material for godchildren who like books and was delighted to stumble across this. Serious issues of particular relevance to East Africa (the setting was designed to feel like home for the author's children who are being brought up in Uganda) are raised - the most challenging of these for a young reader would be that of child soldiers, the protagonist being recruited/swept along by a group of rebel soldiers. I didn't feel the treatment of such issues was unduly graphic and I'd be happy to give it to children in the target age range. I found it gripping though I felt the pace dropped a bit at the end. I really enjoyed the writing which brought Africa alive but I would say this is a book for a child who enjoys reading rather than one for the reluctant reader.
Total Price: £1.99