A Chameleon, a Boy, and a Quest
A Boy Named Mu, an African Journey, and YouMu, 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.
—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
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Doesn't the title of the book just grab you? Loved this adventure story that is action packed, and focused on the gospel of Christ. What an awesome testimony that J.A. Myhre wrote this as a missionary, for her children. That what she created for her own precious little ones, she has chosen to share with us all. This is a great read aloud book for your younger kids, especially to correlate with missions studies and Africa. A great adventure for your middle school children to read on their own.
I am so excited that this is just the first in a series. These will be ones I have my younger children read for sure as they get older. It really shows the kids how life is in East Africa, but keeping it fun and lively as well. Bonus is that the illustrator was also on the missions team with the author, so knew exactly how to depict the scenes! That really makes it extraordinary.
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.
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