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3.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 5 3.76 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Shenaaz Nanji Narrator: Vaishali Sharma Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN:
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The river of jubilant people alarmed Sabine as they bobbed along Allidina Visram Street in Kampala....The dark faces drew closer. Women in bright gomesi and headscarves danced, and bare-chested men punched their fists into the air, chanting, Muhindi, nenda nyumbani! Indian go home.

Sabine felt she was drowning in their cries. In August 1972, President Idi Amin declares that a message from God has come to him in a dream: all foreign Indians must be weeded out of Uganda in the next 90 days. Fifteen-year-old Sabine and her father, a successful businessman, are confident that their family will not be affected, since they are Ugandan citizens, but Sabine's fearful mother is certain that they will have to leave.

As the 90 days tick by, the President's message - the countdown monster, as Sabine calls it - is broadcast every day on the radio, and life becomes more difficult for her family and other Indians in Uganda. Sabine tries to hold on to her optimism, counting on her best friend, Zena, and her grandfather, Bapa, to keep her spirits up, but after her beloved uncle Zulfiqar disappears and Zena turns against her, Sabine begins to share her mother's fears. When a new law is declared on the radio - all Indians must leave - Sabine and her family have a hard decision to make. Should they stay and defend their rights, or should they go? And how will they begin a new life in a different land? Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sasha | 2/17/2014

    " An amazing story of friendship and family. "Child of Dandelions" is a moving book about Indians and Africans and their struggle living in Uganda. This book casts a light on an issue that I find overlooked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Rosenberger | 2/16/2014

    " Started out slowly but once it got going, it was a suspenseful and fascinating story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/25/2014

    " I learned about what it was like for Indians in Uganda in 1972 when Idi Amin ordered all Indians to leave the country. Through the changing friendship of Sabine and Zena the reader can understand both sides of the situation. Sabine's uncle is murdered by Idi Amin's henchmen, and her family flees the country, despite the fact that they are Ugandan citizens. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nomi | 1/25/2014

    " Interesting account of the little known expulsion of Indians from Uganda by Idi Amin in the early 1970s told through the eyes of teenage Sabine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 1/10/2014

    " A heartbreaking read of a young girl's coming of age in war torn Uganda. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 12/22/2013

    " This is a good middle schooler book. I did not know that there was an Indian population in Uganda at one time. I found this a realistic story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Reilly-Sanders | 12/2/2013

    " I thought this book had a good perspective on conditions in Uganda in 1972 particularly for the Indians of the main character's heritage but also other ethnic groups in the area that are divided by Idi Amin's strife-filled regime. These characters are represented by servants, friends, and neighbors with the interactions between them changing as the fortunes rise or fall according to some irrational overarching design. I think that in the end the main character's family was more understanding of the feelings behind the horrible actions taking place than people there in that place and time could have been without the safety of hindsight, but their explanation to Sabine is helpful for the reader to head off bitterness which could stunt a full evaluation of the situation. The author's note at the end was helpful as well. While the story is brutal and somewhat scary, the angst is restrained by the little moments of humanity present if Sabine's family interactions, particularly with her brother who has Down Syndrome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Astrum Nanji | 11/20/2013

    " Excellent book. Great historical fiction about a relatively unknown event in history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 10/29/2013

    " Teen lit about a young girl and her family caught up in Idi Amin's expulsion of all ethnic Indians from Uganda in 1972. Fast paced and compelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gloria | 10/12/2013

    " Great historical fiction piece about the depression of native Indians under the rule of dictator Idi Amin in Uganda. Told through the perspective of a teenage female. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristenfalsocapaldi | 9/13/2013

    " A great piece of YA historical fiction. I think it would make a great companion to Night by Elie Wiesel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 7/22/2013

    " This book would be great for middle & high schoolers to get them interested in history. The story takes place within my own lifetime, but was about events I never knew about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karin | 12/16/2012

    " Interesting story of Ugandan-born Indian teen girl under the rule of Idi Amin. (Evidently he gave all Indians 90 days to leave the country in 1972.) Vivid descriptions of a particular time and place. Good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 8/25/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book! It is historical fiction, set in Uganda in 1972. Deals with the struggles of a young woman facing exile from her country during an ethnic cleansing war. Very touching. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 3/5/2012

    " The history part of it was interesting enough for me to keep going, though the writing style was less than gripping. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mira | 2/6/2012

    " I read this book in one sitting. I wanted more after the ending... Thought of Paolo Freire -- "pedagogy of the oppressed" a lot while reading this book.... I am not handing it to my daughter to read.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kari | 1/20/2012

    " A well-written book about a teenage Indian girl in Idi Amin's Uganda. Set during the 90 days in which all Indians were expelled from Uganda. A story of friendship, family, power misuse and prejudice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacey | 7/18/2011

    " interesting to read of a time and place and circumstances of which I was not aware, but I didn't think the characters were very well developed. It felt more like telling the story rather than showing us what it was like. I guess I didn't think it was very well-written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bret | 7/11/2011

    " A good story about an important time in Uganda's history. The character development is pretty weak but the story is one that isn't generally told, especially to Americans! An eye opening look at some of Amin's unbelievable rule in Uganda. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacey | 2/26/2011

    " interesting to read of a time and place and circumstances of which I was not aware, but I didn't think the characters were very well developed. It felt more like telling the story rather than showing us what it was like. I guess I didn't think it was very well-written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristenfalsocapaldi | 2/25/2011

    " A great piece of YA historical fiction. I think it would make a great companion to Night by Elie Wiesel.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Astrum | 11/8/2010

    " Excellent book. Great historical fiction about a relatively unknown event in history. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lily*[insert witty title here]* | 6/20/2010

    " I totally hated it.
    Just saying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 6/9/2010

    " This is a good middle schooler book. I did not know that there was an Indian population in Uganda at one time. I found this a realistic story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 5/1/2010

    " This book would be great for middle & high schoolers to get them interested in history. The story takes place within my own lifetime, but was about events I never knew about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mr. Van Bockern | 3/9/2010

    " So sad how people in Uganda were treated because of their ethnic background. Sabine is such a brave girl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 10/27/2009

    " I really enjoyed this book! It is historical fiction, set in Uganda in 1972. Deals with the struggles of a young woman facing exile from her country during an ethnic cleansing war. Very touching. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kari | 5/27/2009

    " A well-written book about a teenage Indian girl in Idi Amin's Uganda. Set during the 90 days in which all Indians were expelled from Uganda. A story of friendship, family, power misuse and prejudice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/6/2009

    " Started out slowly but once it got going, it was a suspenseful and fascinating story. "

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