Why this book?
12-year-old Richard is a Maasai boy in Africa who is tasked with protecting the cattle from the lions. This is the story of his incredible invention of surrounding the boma (the farm) with twinkling lights to scare away the lions that he salvaged and tinkered together. It’s an astonishing tale and a window into the life of a young boy in Africa. I personally love reading books about Africa and am restraining myself by only including one book from this magical, and mysterious continent on my list.