A Chameleon, a Boy, and a Quest (New Growth Press, October 2015)
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.
—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
My opinion: I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, it was such a slim novel, written for a younger audience, so I was a bit skeptical, but upon starting this little gem I was utterly delighted. The story was unique and sweet, the illustrations perfect for the book, all in all it was a stellar read. I appreciated the message and that it would appeal to young readers and older ones alike. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.