About the Book:
A Boy Named Mu, an African Journey, and You
Mu, a ten-year-old orphan, has lived his entire life in the heart of Africa. For as long as he can remember he has served in the household of a great-uncle where he is unloved and ignored. In his drudgery-filled life, Mu has little hope of happiness, and little hope that anything will ever change.
But one day, everything does change. On his way to draw water one morning, Mu is astonished when a chameleon greets him by name and announces that they will embark on a quest together. And what a quest it turns out to be! Mu faces danger and finds unexpected allies as they journey through a fascinating and ever-changing landscape.
A Chameleon, a Boy, and a Quest blends magical realism with a compelling story. The exciting story line combines an orphan’s journey to find a home with the plight of child soldiers and the dangers of the Ebola virus and, along the way, highlights universal themes of integrity, loyalty, faith, and love. Written by long-time medical missionary J. A. Myrhe, the artful story is laced with subtle gospel themes and handles cross-cultural issues with grace and sensitivity. Kids will encounter good and evil and learn the truth about hope, happiness, and what it means to be human in this page-turning first book in a new series.
What you’ll find in A Chameleon, a Boy, and a Quest:
- A page-turning children’s action and adventure story set in a fictional African land
- Blends magical realism and compelling storytelling with gospel themes to draw kids gently into the truth
- 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 who handles cross-cultural issues with grace, sensitivity, and love
You can purchase a copy at New Growth Press.
About the Author:
J. A. Myhre serves as a doctor with Serge in East Africa where she has worked for over two decades. She is passionate about health care for the poor, training local doctors and nurses, promoting childhood nutrition and development, and being the hands of Jesus in the hardest places. She is married to her best friend and colleague Scott, and together they have raised four children for whom many of her stories were written as Christmas presents.
Visit Jennifer at her website, Paradox Uganda.
It’s not often that I read a children’s book and think this book is a keeper – but A Chameleon, a Boy, and a Quest is one that is a keeper because of it’s high quality writing and also the theme of redemption, grace, forgiveness and family. Written for children ages 8 to 14, I do wonder if maybe it should be a high age range, some of the language and words used may be unfamiliar to most 8 year old children and maybe even some 12 year old children. One example is from page 29 “He’s young enough that he might recover completely from the coma; I don’t think he has any intracranial bleeding.” this is a discussion between two nurses as they treat and care for Mu. I know mine would understand this term but we also come from a very medical minded family and we also discuss a lot of what we read, so if one doesn’t understand something we take the time to look it up and talk about it.
I think what I liked most was the rich African culture that is introduced in the book, yes there is some violence as child soldiers are very much a real part of life in Africa, but again that is something my children and I would discuss and not just toss out the book on that idea alone. Written in a form of an allegory, this book is rich with meaning, so a younger child may need more help in understanding the deeper meaning of the book while older children may latch on quickly. Like in other allegorical books, this one uses rich symbolism to ultimately point to Christ and what He can do in our lives in only we let Him in as our Lord, or at least that is what I got out of it! I have not read this our loud to my children but I’m going to add it in a daily read soon, the chapters aren’t long and reading a chapter a day is a good goal, even two if the children will listen that long. I do highly recommend this book and think it will make a great Christmas gift – or a joint one for the whole family if you enjoy reading out loud.
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