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Twelve-year-old Chris feels as if he is straddling two sides of a large trench. One foot is firmly planted back home in Chicago, where life is safe and familiar with friends and school. His other foot just landed on the unstable ground of the Serengeti. Chris' parents have decided to move from Chicago to a remote part of western Africa to run a safari camp. Lonely days and fearful nights are his new norm, but then Chris meets Khalid, a young Maasai warrior, who shows Chris a different side of the Serengeti. From Khalid, this city kid learns about the land and animals integral to the Serengeti. And when his new home is threatened, Chris is drawn into a battle to save it.
Carolyn Armstrong 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.