Because of Khalid
African-American Chris is a 12-year-old recently transplanted in the western Serengeti. His parents run a tented camp in this part of Africa. While school and friends were the norm in his old life, this new reality is filled with lonely days, an unpredictable Internet service, and wild animals roaming through the camp.
Then, Chris befriends Khalid, a young Maasai warrior who comes to work at the camp as a security guard, who teaches this very American boy about the Swahili language, the land, and the animals that are an integral part of the Serengeti. With this he learns the terrible truth about elephant poachers. His life changes when he witnesses an attack on his favorite elephant.
By Carolyn Armstrong
This chapter book is targeted at ages 10 – 12.
This is a historical fiction chapter book inspired by the life of Ella Jenkins, the children's folk musician, a Black woman who, beginning in the 1960s, was able to reach children of all ethnicities even as she battled racism. By award-winning author Amanda Caverzasi. This chapter book is targeted at ages 7 – 10.