Camron Wright - Ogden

Camron Wright

Camron Wright

Sep 17, 2018, 7:00 pm


Camron Wright

Book Title

The Orphan Keeper



North Region


Weber County Pleasant Valley Branch Library
2464 Jefferson Ave
Ogden , UT 84401-2404
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Author Camron Wright visits the Weber County Pleasant Valley Branch Library to discuss his latest novel The Orphan Keeper on Monday, September 17th at 7:00 PM.

The Orphan Keeper is based on the remarkable true story of Taj Rowland. Seven-year-old Chellamuthu's life is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in India, sold to an orphanage, and then adopted by an unsuspecting couple in the United States. It takes months before the boy can speak enough English to tell his parents that he already has a family back in India. Horrified, they try their best to track down his Indian family, but all avenues lead to dead ends. Meanwhile, they simply love him, change his name to Taj, enroll him in school, and make him part of their family. His story might have ended there, had it not been for the pestering questions in his head: Who am I? Why was I taken? How do I get home?

More than a decade later, Taj meets Priya, a girl from southern India with surprising ties to his past. Is she the key to unveiling the secrets of his childhood, or is it too late? And if he does make it back to India, how will he find his family with so few clues?

The Orphan Keeper was named 2016 Book of the Year Gold Winner in Multicultural Fiction by Foreword Reviews, and Best General Fiction of the year by the Whitney Awards. It has been published in both North America and Indonesia.

Camron Wright was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. His first book, Letters for Emily, was a Readers Choice Award winner, as well as a selection of the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild. Letters for Emily has been published in North America, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Korea, the Netherlands, and China.

This event was made possible with support from Weber County Library, Weber Book Links, and Utah Humanities.