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The Adventures of Sanjay and Semaj

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"The Adventures of Sanjay and Semaj" is an enchanting children's book about a young Indian boy named Sanjay who discovers a lost Bengal tiger cub named Semaj in the bustling marketplace. Semaj was taken from his home by poachers and caged with other exotic animals. Fortunately, he manages to escape with the help of some animal friends he meets along the way.

Sanjay takes Semaj home and hides him, but soon realizes that he cannot keep a growing Bengal cub. With the help of his two mothers, Sanjay must figure out how to get Semaj back to his home, even if saying goodbye will make him sad.

Their journey is not without challenges. They must navigate through the dense forest and outwit poachers along the way. But Sanjay and Semaj are determined to succeed, and their courage and perseverance inspire them to overcome any obstacle.

"The Adventures of Sanjay and Semaj" is a heartwarming story of friendship, compassion, and the importance of protecting wildlife. It will captivate young readers and inspire them to care for and appreciate the natural world around them.

ISBN: 978-1-0881-2671-4


  • JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Lions, Tigers, Leopards, etc.
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Jungle Animals
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Activism & Social Justice

Lexile Range: 810L-1000L (Grade 3-6)

Audience: Juvenile (Child 8-11)

Page count: 50

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Author's Biography

Shakeema Funchess is an inspiring author who is making a difference in the lives of young readers. She is a graduate of Saint Bonaventure University and holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and pre-law. She minored in Arabic and Islamic Studies. Born and raised in bustling cities in New York, Funchess developed a love for writing and storytelling at a young age. After completing her education, Funchess began her career as a writer, focusing on creating stories that would empower and inspire young readers. She drew upon her own experiences as an African American woman to create relatable characters that would help children understand the complexities of the world around them. She is deeply committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in her writing, and her stories often feature characters from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. Funchess is known for her dynamic and engaging artistic style, which is both educational and entertaining. Her stories often tackle difficult topics such as racism, discrimination, and prejudice, but always do so with a message of hope and resilience. She is also a dedicated advocate for literacy and education and has worked tirelessly to promote the importance of reading and writing skills among young people. She wants her books to captivate and inspire young readers, and she remains committed to creating stories that promote diversity, kindness, empathy, and understanding.

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