Child of Dandelions

Shenaaz Nanji's young adult novel is about a young girl living in Uganda when the military president declares that all Indians living in the country must leave.

Shenaaz Nanji

Fifteen-year-old Sabine is living a comfortable and privileged live in Uganda — until General Idi Amin, the military president, declares that all Indians living in the country have 90 days to leave... or else. The declaration turns the country, and Sabine's world, upside down, as she learns just how different she is from many of her friends. When her uncle goes missing, her parents must flee — and she is left to protect herself and her brother. A gripping and engaging story about seeing the ugliness in the world, and finding inner strength in the face of it.

Child of Dandelions is for readers ages 13 and up.

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She and her family had been treating the Africans like the untouchables in India. Katana could not share their utensils, could not use their washroom. As if he'd pollute them. Every day he waited until they finished their meal; then he cleared the table, washed the dishes, and sat on the kitchen floor to eat the leftovers or cook the bubbling white ugali, a corn mush. Sabine's face felt hot with shame. It was not only Mr. Singh or Lalita who were prejudiced, but she and her family as well.

From Child of Dandelions by Shenaaz Nanji ©2008. Published by Second Story Press.

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