Cristina Kessler


Cristina Kessler knew she wanted to be a writer at the age of ten, and since she was twelve, she knew she would travel the world. Not surprisingly, she put these two early dreams together.

A Peace Corps worker originally, she lived abroad for 30 years. For 19 of those years she called Africa home. Her love and respect for the people and her personal connection brings an authenticity and life to her stories rare in children’s books.

Committed to sharing these rich cultures with her American readers, she has authored No Condition Is Permanent, a story set in Sierra Leone, and the award-winning Our Secret, Siri Aang, a story of the Maasai set in Kenya. Trouble in Timbuktu, set in Mali, won the 2005 Africana Honor Book Award which is given by the African Studies Association annually, and honors outstanding authors and illustrators of books about Africa published for children and young adults in the United States.

She and her husband, Joe, currently reside on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, but she still misses Africa like she left yesterday.

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Cristina Kessler - Author, Photographer, World Traveler
All my book ideas come from real experiences I have seen first hand. When I live someplace I like to observe for at least a year to see what appeals to me, what I am most interested in. - Cristina.


Tales of an Ikut Swami
Price: $6.00 USD. Words: 30,620. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
Tales of an Ikut Swami is an encouraging and exciting book. Cristina Kessler introduces us to some of the remarkable women she encountered during 45 years of living and working throughout the world. Profiles of women from Mali, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Zanzibar Island (Tanzania), South Africa, Sudan, Kenya, Niue (South Pacific) and the U.S. Virgin Islands give us a glimpse of their important roles.
Trouble in Timbuktu
Price: $8.00 USD. Words: 89,990. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Coming of age
Ayisha and Ahmed know there is trouble. Something is not right with this American archaeologist and his wife. Supposedly tourists. Why are they so interested in the ancient manuscripts of Timbuktu? Could they really be plotting to steal one? Well, they are more than old manuscripts to Ayisha and Ahmed—they are a rich part of their own heritage. No way are the two teens going to let this happen!
No Condition is Permanent
Price: $8.00 USD. Words: 43,170. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
In an unforgettable novel that teems with authentic details of African culture and life, Cristina Kessler gracefully and heroically tackles one of the most important, most controversial issues for women of our time.
Our Secret, Siri Aang
Price: $8.00 USD. Words: 54,200. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Inspirational
Award-winning author Cristina Kessler brings her firsthand knowledge and love of Africa to this powerful and authentic story of a young girl’s courage to challenge tradition and to accept her dynamic role in a changing Maasai world.

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