The Orphan Keeper

by Camron Wright

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Seven-year-old Chellamuthu's life is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in India, sold to a Christian 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. And his story might have ended there had it not been for the persistent 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 unveil 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?

From the best-selling author of The Rent Collector, this is a deeply moving and gripping journey of discovering one's self and the unbreakable family bonds that connect us forever.


Editor's Choice Review

By Chris Schoebinger, National Publishing Director at Shadow Mountain

Truth is stranger than fiction. In the case of the new novel The Orphan Keeper, this is absolutely true. And, yet, this amazing work of fiction is based on a remarkable, true story.

Last month, Shadow Mountain sent a camera crew to southern India with author Camron Wright to visit Taj and his family in their second home. KSL television will be running a special documentary about Taj Rowland between sessions of the 2016 October General Conference. In addition, the January 2017 issue of LDS Living Magazine will feature a behind-the-scenes story about Taj and his remarkable journey. In the meantime, I highly recommend that you read The Orphan Keeper. Although the book doesn’t mention this, there is a Latter-day Saint connection as Taj was adopted by a Mormon family in Utah and later served a two-year mission in London.

Some early readers have asked why this true story is called a novel instead of a memoir. While Taj’s story is based on real events, some details were fictionalized to “fill in the gaps.” For example, part of the story is told from Taj’s birth mother’s point-of-view soon after Taj was kidnapped. We don’t know exactly what happened to Taj’s birth mother during that time period or all the things she did in her attempt to find her son, so the author proposed a possible scenario. Even Taj’s memory as a young boy is incomplete. However, much of what is written is not only true but is also an inspiring, gripping, unforgettable account that makes The Orphan Keeper my favorite book for 2016. And the actual photographs and documents at the end of the book truly bring the story to life.

To learn more about Taj’s remarkable story, I invite you to visit

Product Details

Size6 x 9
Book on CDUnabridged, 9 discs
Performed bySimon Vance
PublishedShadow Mountain 2016

About the Author

Camron Wright

Camron Wright holds a master's degree in writing and public relations. He says he began writing to get out of attending MBA school, and it proved the better decision. 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. In addition to North America, Letters for Emily was published in several foreign countries. Camron lives with his wife, Alicyn, in Utah. They are the parents of four children.

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Blown away by this book and I read 2 - 3 books a month
By , Submitted on 2017-01-25

I have to say i thought this book might be good, but I wasn't prepared for how GOOD it was. The writing was outstanding, the story was breathtaking and it left me wanting more - which is always a good thing. I read multiple books each month and this is easily up at the top for me. It helped that I knew someone in the book quite well, so that made it all the more personal :-)

"The Rent Collector" AND "The Orphan Keeper"
By , Submitted on 2017-01-05

I absolutely loved "The Rent Collector", and when I learned of "The Orphan Keeper" by the same author -- Camron Wright -- I could hardly wait to buy the ebook. Both books were stunningly fascinating, kept my attention so that I couldn't put it down. I had to keep reading until they were finished! I feel it a great privilege to read these books, and to finally be able to comment on them. It is my sincere hope that Camron Wright will keep writing! I love his books!!! :)

The best book I have read in a long time!
By , Submitted on 2016-11-28

I loved this book so much that I ended up reading it and listening to the audio version of it as well! It has been a very long time since I have read a story that was so well written. I felt like each time I picked up the book I was taken with Taj on his journey. I could imagine every detail so well! I could almost smell the smells and taste the food and touch the walls and hear the voices of those conversing with him and feel the emotions he was feeling! It was beautifully written! I could not put this book down! Unlike most books that have a few chapters here and there where you lose a bit of interest and then it picks up a bit, Every single chapter was captivating! I spent my days anxious to get home at night and continue to read this wonderful book!

I thought this book would be a tear-jerker, especially because I am a mother and I can only imagine what Taj and his family went through, but it was not. Although I do admit I did cry once during the book, it is not the kind of book that you bawl the whole time you are reading. To that I was grateful!

I loved going with Taj on his journey of self-discovery, which is one we all faced, kidnapped or not. And the messages about family throughout the book were very powerful!

The audio version of this book is also well done! The reader uses different accents and voices for each character. It was easy to get sucked into the story! I loved listening to the audio version as I cleaned, cooked, drove etc. it was very well done! If I had to choose between the audio and the hardcover I would choose the hardcover. There is just something about reading it yourself that is magical, but both are very well done!

This book is perfect for adults and young adults. I read another review complaining about the foul language. It is true it has a handled of bad words, but it is not full of swearing like they would have you believe. Maybe five or six times in the whole book, and it is usually the word heck and a less frequent dang it. It was overall a very clean book. You see much more foul language in the "classics" that you are forced to read in high school.

I would recommend the hardcover and the audio version to everyone! This is a book that has been added to my home library and will be read over and over!

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