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Child of Dandelions by Shenaaz Nanji [in Bloomsbury Review]

Child of DandelionsWhen the brutal dictator Idi Amin violently grabbed power over Uganda, he declared in August 1972, that within 90 days all Indians would have to leave the country. Part of Uganda’s population since the 16th century, Indians played a vital role in the development and growth of the East African economy.

Fifteen-year-old Sabine and her family, multigenerational Ugandans of Indian heritage, cannot believe the mandate will be carried out. But as friendships are tested, relatives and friends vanish, and violence and murder rule the day, they must make life-changing decisions with alacrity – and hope that these hasty decisions will save their lives.

Review: “In Celebration of Asian Pacific American Month: A Survey of New & Notable Books,” The Bloomsbury Review, May/June 2008

Readers: Middle Grade, Young Adult

Published: 2008


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