Book Launch for "Lion Lights" by Shelly Pollock and Richard Turere

  • Posted on: 11 January 2022
  • By: TanyaMills


Picture of co-author Shelly Pollock during a hike in Snow Canyon State Park in Utah

Headshot of Shelly Pollock

Picture of co-author Richard Turere in Maasai garb as an adult. The story "Lion Lights" is about his invention as a youth to ward off lions

Cover of the picture book "Lion Lights"

Lion Lights: My Invention That Made Peace with Lions is Richard Turere's own story, co-authored by local author Shelly Pollock. Richard grew up in Kenya as a Maasai boy, herding his family's cattle, which represented their wealth and livelihood. Richard's challenge was to protect their cattle from the lions who prowled the night just outside the barrier of acacia branches that surrounded the farm's boma, or stockade. Though not well-educated, 12-year-old Richard loved tinkering with electronics. Using salvaged components, and spending $10, he surrounded the boma with blinking lights, and the system works; it keeps lions away. His invention, "Lion Lights," is now used in Africa, Asia, and South America to protect farm animals from predators.


Shelly Pollock is a retired teacher with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Special Education.  For over twenty-five years she taught children and adults helping them in remedial reading and remedial math. Her debut book, Lion Lights, will be released on August 2, 2022. After retiring, Shelly and her husband, Kim, sold their home and furnishings to explore North America in their RV and Jeep for fourteen years.  As they explored the country and the world, she collected and wrote stories for children.  Writing on a moving table was quite a challenge!  They finally settled in St. George, Utah where, when not writing, you'll likely find her enjoying yoga, hiking, backcountry off-roading, exploring rock, art, and biking.

Shelly's hope is that Lion Lights will inspire children everywhere to realize that they, too, can do amazing things.

Event address: 
94 West Tabernacle Street
St. George, UT 84770-4087
Lion Lights: My Invention That Made Peace with Lions By Richard Turere, Shelly Pollock, Sonia Possentini (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780884488859
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tilbury House Publishers - August 2nd, 2022