December 1st is World AIDS Day, dedicated to raising awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. If you're looking for a powerful, realistic yet hopeful novel about how AIDS affects families and communities, pick up a copy of Chanda's Secrets by Allan Stratton.
Originally published in 2004, Chanda's Secrets is now in its twelfth printing and has been translated into eleven languages. Although it stands on its own as a compelling work of fiction and has won twenty-five awards and honors, it can also be used in the high school classroom (click here for a free teacher's guide). An e-book edition is available from Kobo, Sony, Barnes & Noble, and others.
Last year, a film adaptation of Chanda's Secrets debuted at the Cannes film festival as Life, Above All and took home the prestigious Prix François Chalais. The movie is now available through Sony Classics.
Whether you read Chanda's Secrets or watch Life, Above All, we hope Chanda's story will be inspiring.