Child of Dandelions

by Shenaaz Nanji

A girl’s determination to triumph over a devastating historical event



Drawn in part from the veteran author’s own experiences, this deeply felt tale takes readers to 1972 Uganda where, shortly after coming to power, Idi Amin gave all Indians and citizens of Indian descent just 90 days to leave the read more


School Library Journal

Gr 6-9 –Fifteen-year-old Sabine lives a life of luxury with her wealthy Indian family in Kampala , Uganda . Then Idi Amin comes to power and things change quickly. All British Indians are expelled from the country. Sabine’s father thinks read more

—Quinby Frank, Green Acres School , Rockville , MD

“This is an absorbing story rich with historical detail and human dynamics. It’s also a subject not often treated in literature for youth but one that resonates with issues closer to home, making this an important addition to young readers’ read more

—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

For many young people, this debut YA novel will put Uganda on the map, and for those aware of Africa’s violent conflicts, the author offers some insight into the seeds planted deep in its past. The book unfolds through the read more

—Jennifer M. Brown
Shelf Awareness
Daily Enlightenment for the Book Trade


Sabine is 15 years old in the summer of 1972, when Ugandan president Idi Amin issues his proclamation that all “foreign Indians” must leave the country within 90 days. Unlike many of the Indians in their Kampala community, Sabine was read more