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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Carolyn Armstrong  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: , in

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Armstrong lives in Winnetka.

Biographical and Professional Information

Carolyn Armstrong is a substitute teacher, world traveler, mom of twins and foster mom to an elephant in Kenya, Africa, through the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

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Titles At Your Library

Because of Khalid
ISBN: 0990589587

Tiger Stripe Publishing. 2018

Chris, a 12-year-old boy from Chicago, is having a hard time adjusting to his new life in the remote western Serengeti, Africa, after moving there with his parents to help them run a tented safari camp.

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, and who teaches this very American boy about the Swahili language, the land and the animals that are an integral part of the Serengeti.

When an elephant near the camp's property is illegally hunted for its ivory tusks, Chris finds himself drawn into a battle to save the place he now calls home.

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