A Chameleon, a Boy, and a Quest
By J. A. Myhre
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
A boy who doesn’t know his real name and a talking chameleon who leads him on a quest. For what, the boy hasn’t a clue and the chameleon isn’t telling him.
It’s a good thing the animals can talk to each other. If they couldn’t, the boy would never had been able to escape all the dangerous circumstances they encountered along the way.
Even though this book is written for younger readers, I thoroughly enjoyed it as well as the illustrations. I think this is a book my grandson would enjoy.
Thank you, J.A. Myhre for sharing your children’s stories with us. Thank you, Acacia Masso, for your lovely illustrations.
***A special thank you to litfuse for providing a review copy.***
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. You can find Jennifer online.