Thursday, October 6, 2022

The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright


Seven-year-old Chellamuthu’s life—and his destiny—is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in Southern India and sold to the Lincoln Home for Homeless Children. His family is desperate to find him, and Chellamuthu anxiously tells the Indian orphanage he is not an orphan, that he has a mother who loves him. But he is told not to worry as he will soon be adopted by a loving family in America.

Chellamuthu is suddenly surrounded by a foreign land and a foreign language. He can’t tell people that he already has a family and becomes consumed by a single, impossible question: How do I get home? But after more than a decade, home becomes a much more complicated idea as the Indian boy eventually sheds his past and receives a new name: Taj Khyber Rowland.

It isn’t until Taj meets an Indian family who helps him rediscover his culture and family history that he begins to discover the truth he has all but forgotten. Taj is determined to return to India and begin the quest to find his birth family. But is it too late? Is it possible that his birth mother is still looking for him? And which family does he belong to now?

The Orphan Keeper is a deeply moving and gripping journey about discovering one’s self and the unbreakable family bonds that connect us forever.



About The Author

 Camron Wright holds a master’s degree in writing and public relations. 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. Camron says he began writing to get out of attending MBA school, and it proved the better decision. He is the author of several acclaimed novels, including Letters for Emily, The Rent Collector, The Orphan Keeper, and The Other Side of the Bridge. Learn more about Camron and his books at


My Review

 This book is a captivating read, and it is a new addition that is geared to younger readers, 10 to 13 years old.
Lessons taught to the young Chellamuthu, are a bit harsh by our standards, but in the end help identify the adult Taj. Sadly, this is based on a true story, and I can’t imagine this families grief when this young boy is kidnapped from his village and life.
He finally ends up in America, and what we think of a life taking up turn, the author makes us think of the language barrier, food not the same, and missing your home and family.
We follow this young fellows struggles from before he is kidnapped, to the adult he becomes, and then his search for his lost family. Can you imagine looking for the home you lost in crowded India?
This is a story filled with emotions and perseverance, along with the caring for you fellow man, and it quickly becomes a page turner. A story to help you realize how blessed you are!
I received this book through the Publisher Shadow Mountain, and was not required to give a positive review.

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