Fiction. Young Adult. Teen fiction. Ages 12+. Fifteen-year-old Munna lives with his Ma and sisters in a small town in India. Determined to end his family's misfortunes, he is lured into a dream job in the Middle East, only to be sold. He must work at the Sheikh's camel farm in the desert and train young boys as jockeys in camel races. The boys, smuggled from poor countries, have lost their families and homes. Munna must starve these boys so that they remain light on the camels' backs, and he must win the Gold Sword race for the Sheikh. In despair, he realizes that he is trapped and there is no escape.
Shenaaz Nanji's Child of Dandelions, a novel about the expulsion of Uganda's Asians, was shortlisted for the 2008 Governor General's Award for Children's Literature. Her other books include Indian Tales, An Alien in my House!, and Treasures for Lunch. She holds an MFA from Vermont College and lives in Calgary.Author City: CALGARY, AB CAN