Books by Shenaaz Nanji

GHOST BOYS by Shenaaz Nanji
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"An imperfect look at an all-too-real evil. (discussion questions) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
This novel, set in 2004, looks at modern-day human trafficking through the experiences of Munna, an Indian boy. Read full book review >
CHILD OF DANDELIONS by Shenaaz Nanji
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2008

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 country. As the countdown progresses, 15-year-old Sabine witnesses a rising tide of hostility against her generally prosperous community, manifested not just in glances and silences, but riots and public beatings too. Profoundly disturbed by the disappearance of her beloved uncle, the sudden distance of her darker-skinned best friend and the arguments between her fearful mother and stubborn father, she is torn between her attachment to the only life she has ever known and the desire to flee the terror, the swaggering soldiers and the widespread violence. In the end, Sabine and most of her family survive the harassment and worse to make a suspenseful escape. Readers will feel her inner conflict sharply, admire her resilience and quick thinking—and come away shocked themselves by the brutality she encounters during this little-known historical episode. (Fiction. 12-15)Read full book review >