Just to look at this little orphaned boy's sad face brings tears to your eyes. The anguish and pain that an orphaned child experiences is heart wrenching. Today's featured book is a true story of a child who is kidnapped in India, adopted by parents in the U.S., and the surprising events that lead him home.
"The Orphan Keeper"
authored by Camron Wright
Shadow Mountain Publishing, September 6, 2016
About the book...
Seven-year-old Chellamuthu, who lives in a small village in Indian, is kidnapped and sold to a Christian orphanage. He is used as a pawn for money as he is bought by an unsuspecting couple that live in the United States. He finally learns enough English to disclose to them that he indeed is not an orphan and that he has a family back in his native India. His American family, horrified, try very hard to locate his family but get nowhere.
Chellamuthu gets ridiculed at school because of his ethnicity and especially his "funny" name. His adoptive parents change his name to Taj and fortunately his U.S. family care deeply for him and assimilate him into their American way of life, or do they?
Taj never has inner peace even though he has been given a gift of compassionate parents, siblings who love him, and opportunities presented to him that he could never have attained back in his humble, poverty-stricken village in India. He is continually haunted by questions like: Who am I? Why did this happen to me? and most importantly ... How can I get back home to my real family?
Taj, by a lucky stroke of fate, meets Priya, a girl from southern India who can help him get the answers to the questions that he has seeking since he was a little boy. Is it really true that she can offer him a portal into his past life?
From the best-selling author of "The Rent Collector", this is not only a heart-wrenching story but a heartwarming story as well. Read this well-written story about a boy who not only discovers himself but the unbreakable family bonds that connects him forever to them. I am so glad that the author decided to pen this remarkable story. It was a book that I couldn't put down and I highly recommend it.
In the author's own words...
"In the Orphan Keeper, we are reminded of the need to belong, to be loved, through the eyes of a boy who- throughout his life- struggles to understand the depth of his own family roots, says Wright."
"The story shows that if we can tap into both hope and determination along our journey and never give up, fate will often step in to guide our success."
About the author...
Camron Wright was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a master’s degree in Writing and Public Relations from Westminster College.
He has owned several successful retail stores, in addition to working with his wife in the fashion industry, designing for the McCall Pattern Company in New York.
He currently works in public relations, marketing and design.
Camron began writing to get out of attending MBA School at the time and it proved the better decision. Letters for Emily was a “Readers Choice” award winner, as well as a selection of the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild. In addition to North America, Letters for Emily was published in several foreign countries.
Camron lives with his wife, Alicyn, in Utah, just south of Salt Lake City, at the base of the Wasatch mountains. He is the proud father of four children. Connect with Cameron Wright on Twitter and at www.theorphankeeper.com
Erode, India, 1978, Chellamuthu ( age 7) is seated on the front row, far right, beside his cousin.
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