Book Review | Child of Dandelions

Title: Child of Dandelions

Author: Shenaaz Nanji

My Review:

I just loved this book. It’s one that will stay in my memory and on my bookshelf for many years to come. It is written with youth grade 6-9 in mind, but I think many older youth and adults will enjoy it as much as I did. It’s the sad tale of a dark time in Uganda and the opening chapter takes place on August 6th, 1972, which is the morning after Uganda’s president, Idi Amin, has decided {because of a dream} that all foreign Indians must be driven out of the country. They are no longer welcome. He gives them 90 days to escape the country.

The book is told through the eyes of 15 year old Sabine who was born in Uganda, but is of Indian descent. She loves Uganda and knows she is Ugandan, but that does not matter. Because of the color of her skin she is now an outcast.

Each chapter starts out with a number telling how many days are in the countdown and as you read you can feel the sense of urgency that these people must have faced. On day 12, Sabine’s dear uncle disappears and everyone fears the worst. Sabine can’t stop thinking about him and she is so fearful.

Her best friend’s name is Zena and although at first Zena defends Sabine when she is spit at, taunted and persecuted, but it does not take long before the girls drift apart and Sabine feels so abandoned and alone.

This historical story is one that I feel is important for all to hear and I could not help but think of the prejudices that have taken place all over the world and how similar it feels to what I have heard about the treatment of African Americans and Canadians and how they had to fight for their rights. I guess you could call it a universal story in some ways.

Read about Sabine and the difficult decisions she must make and I know you will appreciate the time and place we live in right now. the world’s not perfect by any means, but living in North America is a privilege I do not want to take for granted. Great book.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


Vicki is a single woman living in Nova Scotia, Canada who loves to read, sing, cook for her friends and family and scrapbook. She loves to keep busy, hang out with her boyfriend and his cat and only sits still long enough to read and review books for "Simply Stacie."

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