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"An unforgettable novel about family, loyalty and survival in sub-Saharan Africa -- now a major motion picture."
"Chanda's Secrets" was first published in 2004 to extraordinary international acclaim. It won the Michael L. Printz Honor Book for Excellence in YA Literature, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults selection and, in France, was a finalist for the Prix Sorcieres. It has now been made into a major motion picture, under the name "Life, Above All." The film received a 10-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival and was honored with the prestigious Prix Francois Chalais. To coincide with the film's North American release by Sony Classics, the cover of this new reprint features a poignant still from the movie.
""No-one can read Chanda's Secrets and remain untouched.""
""The message about overcoming ignorance and shame and
confronting the facts is ever-present, but the tense story and the
realistic characters . . . will keep kids reading and break the
silence about the tragedy.""
""Smart and determined, Chanda is a character whom readers come
to care for and believe in, in spite of her almost impossible
situation. The details of sub-Saharan African life are convincing
and smoothly woven into this moving story of poverty and courage,
but the real insight for readers will be the appalling treatment of
the AIDS victims.""
A lively, thought-provoking look at the power and pitfalls of the beauty industry hype.
From fairy tales and Hollywood movies to magazine ads, reality TV and the Internet, we absorb the lesson early: being beautiful is the answer to our dreams. It's harder than ever for teens to tune out the endless media messages promoting unattainable ideals, yet at no time in history have they had more tools to change the message.
With "In Your Face," Shari Graydon encourages readers to think critically about the culture of beauty both past and present. Whether it's the different standards for guys versus girls, racial and size biases, the assumptions we have about models and celebrities, or the message that the "right" clothes, makeup, or surgical procedure can make you a better person, Graydon's unbiased look into the realities behind our ideals will help teens deconstruct the beauty industry hype.
Fully rewritten and redesigned from the 2004 edition, "In Your Face" has been updated to reflect the heightened pressures of beauty in the digital era -- both good and bad -- to shape our self-image. The appealing magazine-style format, stylish illustrations, and conversational tone will draw readers into this empowering exploration of the complex subject of beauty.
Praise for the first edition:
""Graydon will make readers laugh as well as think about the issues."" -- Booklist, starred review
""This fabulously educational and informative book should be required reading for all teens."" -- VOYA
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