Because of Khalid 

Chris, a 12-year-old African American boy from Chicago, never expected to find himself in the remote western Serengeti of Africa. 

So when he moves there with his parents to help them run a tented safari camp, he has a hard time adjusting. Where once school and friends were the norm, Chris’s new reality includes unpredictable Internet service and wild animals running through the camp. 

Then Chris meets Khalid, a young Maasai warrior who teaches him not just the Swahili language but also all about the land, the animals and the very heart of the Serengeti. When a local elephant is illegally hunted for its ivory tusks, Chris fights to save the majestic animal and the fantastic new place he now calls home. 

Staff Recommendation
HIDDEN GEMS for youth fiction
— Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District
Spring March-May 2021

About Carolyn Armstrong 

Carolyn takes her love of fact-finding and traveling the world to write stories which children relate to as they learn. Her debut, middle-grade novel, BECAUSE OF KHALID, from Tiger Stripe Publishing, was inspired while on safari in Tanzania, Africa. A lover of all animals (except creepy crawlies and things that sting), Carolyn fosters an elephant named Galla through the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya, because Galla reminded her of Flimsy, the fictional elephant in BECAUSE OF KHALID.

Find out more about the real-life situations in Because of Khalid