Orange for the Sunsets

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Katherine Tegen Books
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5.8 X 8.3 X 1.3 inches | 0.8 pounds

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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.


"Tina Athaide has tapped deep wells of friendship and family in this story set against the chaotic ferment of Uganda in 1972. Hostage to uncontrollable forces of dictatorship and political turmoil, Asha and Yesofu are heroes for our own century, eloquent voices in the face of racism and nativism." -- Uma Krishnaswami, author of Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh and other books for young readers

"Set during one of the most turbulent times in Uganda's history, Tina Athaide's debut novel deftly navigates the transcending bonds of friendship against the upheaval, shifting alliances, and brutality of Idi Amin's reign. Fascinating and beautiful, Orange for the Sunsets is hard to put down and hard to forget." -- Kashmira Sheth, author of Boys Without Names

"[T]his novel is timely, addressing the human complexity of literal borders and figurative walls and lives that are irrevocably and heartbreakingly changed in crises." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"This compassionate novel conveys the multiple injustices and tragedies experienced by both African and Indian Ugandans during this period, and the power of friendship to sustain hope in tumultuous times." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A heartbreaking and resonant tale." -- Horn Book

"Athaide's debut competently tackles the tough topics of colonialism and refugee crises... questions that are still relevant in today's world. A timely addition to middle grade shelves in need of non-Western historical fiction... a strong companion to Veera Hiranandani's The Night Diary and A.L. Sonnichsen's Red Butterfly." -- School Library Journal

"Athaide, who was born in Uganda and lived there until her family left just before the expulsion, excellently captures how Amin's plan affected individuals in complex and heart-wrenching ways. A moving story about the power and limits of friendship." -- ALA Booklist

"For those wondering how to discuss the dangers of manipulative and toxic nationalism with children, this delicately told story is it. Orange for the Sunsets is a nuanced and balanced way to see politics through a child's eyes." -- Nadia Hashimi, MD, author of The Sky at Our Feet and One Half from the East

"Though this is a historical tale, it is a timely one that examines the complexity of figurative and literal walls and discusses these issues with compassion and hope. Highly Recommended. " -- Canadian Review of Materials