Child of Dandelionsby Shenaaz Nanji
A breathtaking account of one girl's determination to triumph over a devastating historical event. In Uganda in 1972, President Idi Amin, also known as the Last King of Scotland, announces that foreign Indians must be "weeded" out of Uganda in ninety days. Fifteen-year-old Sabine's life is changed forever. The president's message, broadcast on the radio every day,
A breathtaking account of one girl's determination to triumph over a devastating historical event. In Uganda in 1972, President Idi Amin, also known as the Last King of Scotland, announces that foreign Indians must be "weeded" out of Uganda in ninety days. Fifteen-year-old Sabine's life is changed forever. The president's message, broadcast on the radio every day, becomes Sabine's "countdown monster," and it follows her through days of terror. Sabine's father is convinced that, as Ugandan citizens, their family will be unaffected, but her mother insists it's too dangerous to stay. When her beloved uncle disappears and her best friend abandons her, Sabine begins to understand her mother's fears. She becomes desperate to leave, but Bapa, her grandfather, refuses to accompany her. How can she leave him, and where will her family go to begin a new life?
Gr 6-9- Fifteen-year-old Sabine lives a life of luxury with her wealthy Indian family in Kampala, Uganda. Then Idi Amin comes to power and things change quickly. All British Indians are expelled from the country. Sabine's father thinks they will be safe because they are Ugandan citizens, but they soon discover that they are in serious danger. Sabine's beloved uncle disappears, and her friend Zena, who is African, turns against her because Zena's military uncle has convinced her that the Ugandan Indians have exploited the African populace. The book effectively portrays the rising terror and violence in 1972 as Sabine struggles to deal with a world falling apart. Prejudices are clearly delineated, and the thin veneer of civilization crumbles as the chilling background beat of the radio relentlessly counts down the days left before all British Indians must leave the country. Sabine is a mature, intelligent character amid the chaos, and the political situation is well realized through her eyes. Secondary characters add depth to the story, and Sabine's star-crossed crush on Zena's older brother makes her a realistic adolescent. Nail-biting suspense is maintained to the end as Sabine must make the agonizing decision to leave her grandfather behind to save the rest of the family. Excellent historical fiction about a timely yet sadly universal subject.-Quinby Frank, Green Acres School, Rockville, MD
Meet the Author
Shenaaz Nanji was born in Kenya and grew up among a fusion of cultures: Bantu-Swahili, Arabic, and East Indian. She was in Uganda when Idi Amin seized power. Her family became refugees. She graduated from a university in Kenya and lived in the United States for a time. A graduate of the Vermont College MFA Program in Writing for Children and Young Adults, she now lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
and post it to your social network
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews >
This book tells a great story about a Uguandan born Indian amd her family's troubles with prediuce.
Nice multicultural read centering on a Ugandan born, Indian teenager. It is set during the 1970s in Uganda, and all Indians are being expelled from the country. Sabine and her family don't believe that the government will follow through, but when the military starts to enforce the new law they are left to figure out what to do. What happens when you are forced to leave the only homeland you've ever known to resettle somewhere completely foreign to you? The story is painfully honest in it's portrayal of Sabine and her friend Zena. Will they remain loyal to each other or will they be torn apart? Overall, a good multicultural read for teens.