Orange for the Sunsets

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* A Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books of 2019 Selection * A Canadian Children’s Book Center Best Books for Kids & Teens Pick *

From debut author Tina Athaide comes a soaring tale of empathy, hope, and resilience, as two best friends living under Ugandan President Amin’s divisive rule must examine where—and who—they call home.

Perfect for fans of Half from the East and Inside Out and Back Again.

Asha and her best friend, Yesofu, never cared about the differences between them: Indian. African. Girl. Boy. Short. Tall.

But when Idi Amin announces that Indians have ninety days to leave the country, suddenly those differences are the only things that people in Entebbe can see—not the shared after-school samosas or Asha cheering for Yesofu at every cricket game.

Determined for her life to stay the same, Asha clings to her world tighter than ever before. But Yesofu is torn, pulled between his friends, his family, and a promise of a better future. Now as neighbors leave and soldiers line the streets, the two friends find that nothing seems sure—not even their friendship.

Tensions between Indians and Africans intensify and the deadline to leave is fast approaching. Could the bravest thing of all be to let each other go?

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Third-party review
In 1972 Uganda, Idi Amin decrees that all Indians must leave the country within 90 days. Best friends, Asha and Yesofu alternate chapters in this book that counts down the days wehn Asha's family will ...
Third-party review
Let me start with the things I love: the subject of this book is Uganda’s expulsion of Asian Indians under Idi Amin (1972), which is not something I've read much about. It does a fabulous job of ...
Third-party review
Through the eyes of two 12-year-olds, Athaide’s timely middle grade debut captures Uganda’s political unrest during three months in 1972, following President Idi Amin’s rapid expulsion of those of ...

About the author

Tina Athaide was born in Uganda and grew up in London and Canada. While her family left Entebbe just prior to the expulsion, she has memories of refugee family and friends staying with them in their London home. The stories and conversations she listened to through the years became the inspiration for her book Orange for the Sunsets. Tina now lives in California with her husband, Ron, and their daughter, Isabella.

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