I was pleased to inform you all about the upcomingaudio version of Chendell earlier this year. I mentioned in that post that I would be reviewing the book in July. Well, it’s July!
About Chendell: A Natural Warrior
A super boy from a village in China and a super girl from rural Vermont meet in college and fall in love. Both grapple with their unique powers and purpose. Will they master their abilities in time to save each other and the ecosystem from certain destruction? And what twists does life have in store?
Please join author Leslie Landis in her exciting fiction debut and discover the journey of CHENDELL. This original and delightfully thrilling adventure is a fresh, global love story for the ages, and for the age of Now.
CHENDELL gives birth to two of the most intriguing and relevant eco warriors in current round adult fiction. A super couple of unique advantage—Jamie Chen can talk to plants and trees, Robin Dell can control insects. Both are passionate about nature. They are full of potential and poised for action. But what happens in the Peruvian rainforest that transforms their lives (and consciousness) forever?
Kirkus Reviews said, “A lively nature-oriented superhero adventure…the heart of the tale comes together in the final pages.”
About the Author:
Leslie Landis’ MA degree in psychology informs her insight into how people look at the world and themselves. She has created relatable characters who reflect the roles we play and the uncertainties of life. With a different take on gender equality and the battle to preserve our environment, her superhero CHENDELL speaks not only to young people but to all generations. In this captivating, exciting and realistic fantasy, Landis’ unique writing style presents a message of love, hope and commitment to fighting the real world evil forces destroying our planet.
Chendell is a book written for the younger audience. I wouldn’t call it YA as I feel is skews younger. I tried to find the ages it is recommended for and could not. Chances are I was probably staring right at it somewhere but I just couldn’t pin it down. If I find out I will correct this. That does not mean that an adult can’t glean anything from the book.
There are two main protagonists – a young man from China who has the ability to “hear” trees and a young woman from America who can communicate and control bugs. Both are thought to be a little odd by their respective families so they hide their skills
Our young hero works hard so he can go to school in the US and finds himself at the same school as our heroine. There they team up and find that they are stronger together then they are apart. It provides a strong lesson on working together and opening your eyes to the wonders of the environment. They travel to work towards making the earth a better place.
I feel that it would be a good read for young people to appreciate the environment and to understand how one person’s decision can make a difference. Because all those individual decisions add up.