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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
Posted March 31, 2012
Posted April 26, 2010
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.