Will This Boy Pass the Test to Become a Masai Man?

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Author’s new picture book to be featured in the Frankfurt International Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany, on October 6-10, 2010.

In a Masai village on the East African Serengeti, every boy must pass through a traditional test of courage in order to be accepted in the tribe as a man. For every boy in the village, this is the most important stage of their life which will determine their future in the village. In author Vastine East’s new book, Masai Man, readers will find a gripping story of one of these boys that shares few of life’s wonderful lessons.

Masai Man follows a fifteen-year-old boy who embarks on a journey to face the greatest challenge of his life—and he must not fail himself as his brother did to his village. Predator or prey is the way of life on the East African Serengeti. On such an occasion a lone hyena secretly witnessed from the tall brown brush of the Serengeti, a lone young Masai boy, who is struggling with fear and self-doubt, faces the terror of the Serengeti. The boy will determine if he will be prey or predator as this is his coming-of-age ceremony. He would have to pass this test by killing a lion with only his spear and raw courage. If he succeeds, he would be welcomed back into his village as a man. If not, he will be treated like their women. Will he be able to triumph against the life-threatening test to becoming a man?

Enhanced by the breathtaking illustrations of artist Lorena Birk, Masai Man shares beautiful lessons about courage and facing life’s obstacles. For more information on this book, log on to Xlibris.com.

About the Author
Vastine East’s storytelling was inspired by his late mother Fern’s nightly storytelling when he was a boy. He studied at the Institute of Children’s Literature. He was inspired to publish Masai Man as an illustrated children book from the encouragement of the Institute of Children’s Literature instructor, Virginia Castleman, and later followed by three exhilarating dream-fulfilled visits to Africa. He lives in Houston, Texas, with his wife Yvette M. East.

Masai Man * by Vastine East
Publication Date: March 22, 2010
Picture Book; $21.99; 36 pages; 978-1-4500-5176-7
Picture Book Hardcover; $31.99; 36 pages; 978-1-4500-5177-4

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