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Tina Athaide

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Værker af Tina Athaide

Orange for the Sunsets (2019) 113 eksemplarer, 6 anmeldelser
Pran's week of adventure (2002) 23 eksemplarer
Best friends (2002) 16 eksemplarer
Meena's Mindful Moment (2021) 11 eksemplarer
Flora's Box (2008) 3 eksemplarer
Flora's Box 2 eksemplarer
Wings to Soar 1 eksemplar

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"Orange for the Sunsets" by Tina Athaide is a unique book set in 1972, a very turbulent time in Uganda's history when President Idi Amin ordered all Indians to leave the country. This story is about 11-year-olds Asha and Yesofu, whose friendship is impacted by what's happening with the government. Their viewpoints are very different because of social class and race, and the switching between views in each chapter emphasizes how outside forces can test a friendship because it's so hard to see from the other person's perspective. I loved this book, and I will definitely recommend it to students!… (mere)
slothatthelibrary | 5 andre anmeldelser | Jul 16, 2024 |
What an amazing book! I’m taken aback by how powerful a middle grade children’s book could be. I wasn’t expecting the depth but simplicity of this important story. Set in 1972 in Entebbe, Uganda, it alternates point-of-view between best friends Asha and Yesofu. The two have been inseparable for as long as they can remember, the only problem is she is Indian and he is African. On the 4th August 1972, President Idi Amin announces that the country's Indians with British citizenship have 90 days to leave. He later expands this to include all of Uganda’s 80 thousand Indians. He expounds a policy of “Africa for the Africans.” Yesofu finds himself conflicted by the events. He hopes that Idi Amin’s promises for jobs, land and houses for the Africans will help his family, who struggle to make ends meet with his father cutting sugar cane, and his mother housekeeping for Asha’s family. On the other hand he values his friendship with his Indian neighbours. His Ugandan friend Akello, and many of the locals, welcome the changes with open arms, despite knowing that many of the Indian families had been in Uganda since 1895, brought in by the British as labour. The announcement suddenly ushers in a period of fear and uncertainty. Idi Amin’s reign is characterized by terror and ruthlessness, with anyone perceived to be opposing him being slaughtered. It is estimated 500,000 people were killed during his 8 year reign. Asha’s family is suddenly in danger but she is determined to stay in her homeland. She begins to see more clearly the divide of privilege between her family and Yesofu’s, despite their closeness. Yesofu finds Amin’s promises do not pan out as expected, with the schools closing due to the expulsion of all the Indian teachers, empty shelves in the shops as the shopkeepers have been forced to leave, and the cane cutters losing work as the plantation owners are gone. This was a gripping, insightful story. The author’s family left Uganda when Idi Amin came to power, and many of her relatives lived through these troubled times, so the story is obviously close to her heart and personal. 5 stars for me.… (mere)
mimbza | 5 andre anmeldelser | Jun 1, 2024 |
Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books of 2019 Selection
ashlyn621 | 5 andre anmeldelser | Dec 7, 2022 |
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 illustrating the deep fury that is the legacy of colonialism, and the tension and sorrow of the unintentionally privileged as well. The alternating viewpoints between 12 year olds Yesofu and Asha, friends on both sides of the conflict, are effective and illuminating. Overall, great storytelling.

However, to be honest, this book is a downer -- legitimately so, but be aware that it's not a feel good, hope for the future kind of book. It's an honest portrayal of a land in conflict and the consequences of taking a stand in that kind of scenario. There's also a certain amount of brutality that the main characters have to face. I would recommend it for tweens with care and thoughtfulness, but probably suggest a teen audience.

Advanced Reader's copy provided by Edelweiss.
… (mere)
jennybeast | 5 andre anmeldelser | Apr 14, 2022 |



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