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, another 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, his cousins, and the axe of course, Ranger has to stop him. Ranger Nader & The Sunstruck Phantom was Long LIsted by the 2019 Green Earth Book Awards and was named a Finalist in the 2019 National Indie Excellence Awards.
My mother's family, the Karems, immigrated to the United States from Becharre, Lebanon in the early 1900s. In Becharre, theMyy, and the town's other inhabitants served as "Keepers of the Cedars of God" for generations. This famous grove was part of the tremendous forests that used to cover most of Lebanon. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh seeks fame and glory by cutting down the cedar forest. I thought this ancient tension between protectors of the environment and developers made the perfect foil for Ranger Nader & The Sunstruck Phantom, and I hope you will too.
When I'm not writing, i represent people as they navigate the tricky pathways of our legal system. For those who are interested, I have two cats, three children, and one husband. In my spare time I run, hike, and read, read, read.
March 2020: Astounded, really, to tell you that Ranger Nader & The Sunstruck Phantom finaled in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This award is really special to me because it's judged by children! Here's the link about the judging process: https://www.thewsa.co.uk/judging/ British school children like my book, so odds are your kids will like it too.
October 2019: So happy to announce Ranger Nader & The Sunstruck Phantom named Finalist in the 2019 IAN Book of the Year Awards. Totally jazzed about another sticker for the cover. Read more about IAN here: https://www.independentauthornetwork....
May 2019: Wowza! Ranger Nader & The Sunstruck Phantom was named a Finalist for the National Indie Excellence Awards! I get a sticker and everything! Here's the link: https://www.indieexcellence.com/13th-...
February 2019: Super excited to announce: Ranger Nader & The Sunstruck Phantom has been short-listed for the 2019 Green Earth Book Awards in Young Adult Fiction! https://tinyurl.com/y5oxq29v Read less Are you an author? Help us improve our Author Pages by updating your bibliography and submitting a new or current image and biography. Learn more at Author Central Ranger Nader & The Sunstruck Phantom (The Guardian Chronicles) Paperback $9.99 Paperback
A thrilling adventure story with folklore! This is a brilliant, well-researched adventure and fantasy book about Ranger Nader, who inherits a magical axe and is sent to a school where he must face a resurfaced demigod—Gilgamesh. Although it is set in modern times, the book blends ancient folklore and legends well with the action-filled plot. Surprising twists are prominent throughout the story, and I really enjoyed reading about the adventures of Ranger and his friends. Finally, I also liked the book’s ending; it was fitting for the story and left room for sequels. Fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson will be greatly entertained by this thrilling book. Excellent work, and I would recommend it to middle graders to YA!
THE WISHING SHELF BOOK AWARDS 29th March, 2020 TITLE: RANGER NADER & THE SUNSTRUCK PHANTOM AUTHOR: KAM KAREM Star Rating: 5
‘A superbly plotted magical adventure, stylishly and flamboyantly written.’ The Wishing Shelf
REVIEW I do enjoy a good adventure story, even if it’s for children and not me, a 49 year old English lecturer. And – WONDERFUL NEWS! - this is a GOOD adventure story. Written in imaginative prose, the plot is well-constructed and full of exciting twists and turns. Not only that, the characters doing all the twisting and turning are fully-formed, interesting, and even charismatic. So, what is the story? Basically, Ranger Nader has powers – BIG POWERS! – so he attends a sort of Hogwarts school – but not Hogwarts – where he must develop his powers, battle a demigod and, of course, do all the things teenagers do. Now, it is similar to Harry Potter in a number of ways but it’s also original in a number of ways too. For example, the background of the central character and the mix of myths and legends within a futuristic plot. So, on to the nuts and bolts. Firstly, the characters spring off the page. It is a plot-driven story, but the characters are the jam which holds everything together. The author knows her characters through and through and this shows in the consistent and very individual way they act. I also thought the speech between the characters was very well written. In fact, the story is a perfectly balanced mix of ‘speech’ and ‘a well-paced plot’. Well, I finished the novel three nights later and I did very much enjoy it. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep me turning the page and the characters (good and evil) were interesting – even memorable. The ending was also excellent and, closing my computer, I knew I’d be happy to open another of this author’s books. So, can I recommend this book? Yes. Who to? Well, I think younger teenagers will find this book a blast! Reluctant boy readers…THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU! Enjoy!
This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought: Title: Ranger Nader & The Sunstruck Phantom Author: Kam Karem
Star Rating: 5 Stars Number of Readers: 15 Stats Editing: 9/10 Writing Style: 8/10 Content: 9/10 Cover: 9/10 Of the 15 readers: 14 would read another book by this author. 13 thought the cover was good or excellent. 13 felt it was easy to follow. 14 would recommend this story to another reader to try. Of all the readers, 9 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘plotting a story’. Of all the readers, 6 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘developing the characters’. 15 felt the pacing was good or excellent. 14 thought the author understood the readership and what they wanted.
Readers’ Comments ‘I loved this adventure story. It was exciting and run to read. I will try to find other books by this author.’ Boy, aged 11 ‘The best character was Ranger. I loved his axe. He was brave and clever. I understood all of this book and I liked that so much happened. There were also a lot of twists I didn’t see coming. Good book.’ Girl, aged 12 ‘An excellent book for a class reader for 11 yr olds. The characters are relatable, the writing style is accessible, and the adventure is well-plotted. The children in my class enjoyed it very much.’ Male teacher, aged 60 ‘I think the author did a good job at describing the setting. Also, the characters were interesting and fun to follow on the adventure. Amazing picture on the cover too!’ Boy, aged 12
To Sum It Up: ‘A twisting, turning adventure perfect for 11 year old and up. A FINALIST and highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Book Awards