From debut author Tina Athaide comes a soaring tale of empathy, hope, and resilience, as two best friends living under Ugandan President Amin’s divisive rule must examine where—and who—they call home.
Perfect for fans of Half from the East and Inside Out and Back Again.
Asha and her best friend, Yesofu, never cared about the differences between them: Indian. African. Girl. Boy. Short. Tall.
But when Idi Amin announces that Indians have ninety days to leave the country, suddenly those differences are the only things that people in Entebbe can see—not the shared after-school samosas or Asha cheering for Yesofu at every cricket game.
Determined for her life to stay the same, Asha clings to her world tighter than ever before. But Yesofu is torn, pulled between his friends, his family, and a promise of a better future. Now as neighbors leave and soldiers line the streets, the two friends find that nothing seems sure—not even their friendship.
Tensions between Indians and Africans intensify and the deadline to leave is fast approaching. Could the bravest thing of all be to let each other go?
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Tina Athaide was born in Uganda and grew up in London and Canada. While her family left Entebbe just prior to the expulsion, she has memories of refugee family and friends staying with them in their London home. The stories and conversations she listened to through the years became the inspiration for her book Orange for the Sunsets. Tina now lives in California with her husband, Ron, and their daughter, Isabella.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Let me start by saying that I know frightfully little about African history. It's a sad truth that I definitely need to rectify. I can tell you that this novel is a great step towards learning more. Set in 1972, it follows Asha, a daughter of an Indian family living in Uganda, and Yesofu, a native Ugandan who is also her best friend. Through Asha and Yesofu's friendship, the events of the Indian removal from Uganda is sensitively told. This novel is not only about the political events unfolding in their lives, but it is also about friendship, family, and what it means to be a part of a country. The struggle to determine national identity is a theme that both Asha and Yesofu are trying to solve together. Their friendship is strained by the rising animosity between Indians and Africans and the tug of war between their peers who want them to take sides. Asha and Yesofu are confronted with the violence and unfairness of politics and those who become stuck in the middle. For a middle grade novel, it is surprisingly heavy and shockingly brutal, but a novel still easily read by the audience it is met for. The descriptions of Uganda are beautiful and created a strong desire in me to visit Africa and see the landscape for myself. Orange for the Sunsets is a great teaching resource for anyone wishing to give younger children knowledge about African history, politics, or the violence that politics can bring up in people. I highly recommend Asha and Yesofu's story for all ages and whoever has the interest to learn more of Africa.
I loved this book!!! What a beautiful story of friendship set during such sad part of history in Uganda that I had no idea had occurred. Although this was a story that was based on a part of history in 1972, racism is a topic that is still sadly very relevant today and this story through the point of view of two children, of two different races and backgrounds, is filled with hope, fairness and love as they struggle to navigate through all of the ugliness going on around them in an attempt to preserve their friendship.