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Because of Khalid

Tiger Stripe's premier chapter book is about 12-year-old African-American Chris who is was 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 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

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About Author Carolyn Armstrong

Ms. Armstrong takes her love of fact finding and travel to write stories that children can learn from and relate to. Because of Khalid 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. A member of SCBWI-Illinois (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), Carolyn lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband, twin sons, and Tucker, a rescue dog.