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Author Racks-up Awards for Book that Calls-out Gilgamesh as a Wrongfully Celebrated Clear-cutter
Atlanta, Georgia, USA, October 14, 2019
The burning of the rain forest in Brazil and out of control wild fires in California has spotlighted the impact of trees on global warming. These are not, however, only recent problems. A children’s book author blames a value system dating back over 4000 years to an ancient Sumerian King—Gilgamesh. In the celebrated poem, The Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh killed Humbaba, the protector of the famous Lebanese Cedar Forest, and then chopped down all the trees. Author Kam Karem has published a fiction book written from the perspective of Humbaba’s descendants and this week it received another awards sticker for its cover.
In Ranger Nader & The Sunstruck Phantom, Ranger thinks he’s an ordinary 9th grader. Then he inherits a magic ax and learns he’s the new Guardian of the Forest, and, even more of a stunner, a demigod in training. Eons ago, a demigod, Gilgamesh—yes, THE Gilgamesh from The Epic of Gilgamesh—used the axe 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 and the axe of course, Ranger has to stop him.
According to Karem, one of the story’s underlying motifs is the constant struggle and tension between the consumers and protectors of our planet’s finite resources. “Gilgamesh is an anti-hero for our times. He sought and obtained fame for his destruction of Lebanon’s tremendous Cedar Forest, reputedly causing a great flood. Today, there are those who emulate him in their unfettered use and abuse of irreplaceable resources such as forests, rivers and the ocean.”
The story has resonated with book critics, awards panels, and readers of all ages. This week, the Independent Author Network announced that Ranger Nader & The Sunstruck Phantom, is a winner in the prestigious 2019 IAN Book of the Year Awards. The IAN is an international contest open to all authors with 40 fiction and non-fiction categories. As per IAN: “When judging completed, Ranger Nader & The Sunstruck Phantom was selected as a finalist in one category: “Young Adult/Teen/New Adult.” You can read more about the IAN here: https://www.independentauthornetwork.com/2019-botya-winners.html . The book was also a finalist in the 2019 National Indie Excellence Award and was Long Listed by the 2019 Green Earth Book Awards. You can read more about all these awards here: For the NIEA go here – https://www.indieexcellence.com/13th-annual-finalists and for the Green Earth Book Awards go here – https://tinyurl.com/y5oxq29v .
Ranger Nader & The Sunstruck Phantom is book appropriate for children ten years and older. It’s on sale now at Amazon at https://amzn.to/2yMX15A. You can read more about Kam Karem at http://www.amazon.com/author/kamkarem . For more information about Lebanon’s Reforestation efforts, see: https://www.lri-lb.org/home . To contribute to the reforestation effort by paying to plant a tree or a family of trees, go here: https://www.lri-lb.org/contribution-packages .
JUNE 2019: Ranger Nader & The Sunstruck Phantom was a finalist in the 2019 National Indie Excellence Award!
You can read more about the awards here: https://www.indieexcellence.com/13th-annual-finalists
FEBRUARY 2019: Ranger Nader was honored by The Nature Generation in February!