Item description for Child of Dandelions by Shenaaz Nanji...
Overview In Uganda in 1972, Sabine and her family, wealthy citizens of Indian descent, try to preserve their normal life during the ninety days allowed by the president for all Indians to leave the country, while their situation worsens.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2008
Publisher Boyds Mills Pr
ISBN 1932425934 ISBN13 9781932425932
Availability 0 units.
More About Shenaaz Nanji
Shenaaz Nanji was born on the ancient island of Mombasa, one of the oldest settlements on the East African coast, and grew up amid a fusion of cultures: Bantu-Swahili, Arabic, colonial British, and East Indian. Every year she visited her grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins in Uganda until Idi Amin turned them into refugees. She moved to the United States and lived in upstate New York before moving to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where she now lives with her husband and children. She holds an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College and has written several books for children.
Reviews - What do customers think about Child of Dandelions?
A real page-turner Sep 17, 2008
Child of Dandelions is a heart-rending story of Sabine - a teenager living in Uganda. Nanji's storytelling is pure and Sabine's (mis)adventure is full of the sights and sounds of Uganda in the 1970s when Idi Amin ordered the expulsion of some 80,000 Indians. Nanji - a children's book author has made an impressive debut into the Young Adult genre with her new book!
Fantastic Storytelling! Jun 24, 2008
Wow. Highly recommended. My grade 7 and 8 students were thoroughly engaged with this book. One of them was so inspired that she is visiting Africa this summer with her family.
A very rich story that illustrates a historical period that has been completely overlooked in the West. It is especially successful in touching issues of class, race and nationhood.
Despite the violence and chaos that this tragedy created, I love how Nanji tells the story without issuing judgment.
This book also helped my students understand life in Africa, which is something we don't come across much in our curriculum.