Ranger Nader & The Sunstruck Phantom
In Ranger Nader & The Sunstruck Phantom, Ranger thinks he’s an ordinary ninth grader. Then he inherits a magic ax and learns he’s the new “Guardian of the Forest.” Eons ago, a crazy king used the ax to clear the Forest, causing a Great Flood. Now, the evil king has returned to finish what he started. With the help of his sister, his cousins, and the ax of course, Ranger has to stop him.
According to the book’s author, Kam Karem, “My family, the Karems, immigrated to the United States from Bsharri, Lebanon in the early 1900s. In Bsharri, they, and the town’s other inhabitants, served as Keepers or Guardians of the Cedars of God for generations. This famous grove was part of the tremendous forests that used to cover most of Lebanon. I’ve been doing a slow-burn with regards to Gilgamesh since I read the epic in high school. Essentially in the Epic of Gilgamesh, to gain fame, the mad king killed Humbaba, the protector of the forest, then chopped down all the trees. One of my story’s underlying motifs is the constant struggle and tension between the consumers and protectors of our planet’s finite resources. Gilgamesh sought and obtained fame for his destruction of the forest. Today, there are those who emulate him in their unfettered use and abuse of irreplaceable resources such as forests, rivers and the ocean.”
Ranger Nader & The Sunstruck Phantom is a young adult book appropriate for children twelve years and older.
5.0 out of 5 starsAdventure, history and mythology!
December 19, 2018
A great read! It has all the above: adventure for the boys, strong female characters and lots of suspense. You could probably still get it for Christmas. Do it!