Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 14 to 17
- Grade: 9 to 12
Chris Benjamin signed up for a volunteer work exchange program looking for an adventure. What he hadn’t bargained for was a life lesson and an eye-opening experience of cultural difference. Chris expected his exchange partner to experience culture shock but the St. Lucian native settled in without difficulty. It wasn’t until Chris arrived in St. Lucia and began spending time with Ben’s family — in particular uncle Dingo — that Chris realized sometimes social differences snuck up on you in the most unexpected ways.
About the author
Chris is author of Eco-Innovators: Sustainability in Atlantic Canada, winner of the Best Atlantic-Published Book Award and finalist for the Richardson Non-Fiction Prize, and the novel, Drive-by Saviours, which was longlisted for Canada Reads and a ReLit Prize. Chris’ creative work has been published by VoicePrint Canada, Descant, Arts East, Third Person Press, Nashwaak Review, Pottersfield Press, Fierce Ink Press, Rattling Books, The Society and The Coast. Visit www.chrisbenjaminwriting.com. He owes a debt to St. Lucia for changing his life for the better.