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Carolyn Armstrong

Born: Dallas, Texas
Connection to Illinois: Armstrong lives in Winnetka.

Biography: Carolyn Armstrong is the author of Earth-friendly middle grade fiction. A former educator and now an imperfect environmentalist, she blends her love of travel and animal well-being into her stories. She encourages everyone to become advocates for Planet Earth. It’s as easy as picking up trash and refusing a plastic drinking straw! Head to for free activities, monthly newsletters, and blogs about writing, books, and sustainability.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Children; Young adult readers


Selected Titles

ISBN: 9798218220037 OCLC:

Carolyn Armstrong Books 2023

Children’s book series Eco Warriors presents a fresh take on an old problem. Book 1 At The Edge Of The Ice is a heartfelt eco-adventure about the complexities of how habitats are affected by climate change and that small steps can make a big difference.Sydney Cabella talks to animals. Big animals. Wild animals. Endangered animals. They never talk back. Until one day, they do.An intuitive eleven-year-old Sydney, her brainiac twin sister Sierra, and her photojournalist parents arrive at Svalbard, a tiny group of Norwegian islands near the North Pole. As the family explores the Arctic ecosystem, Sydney accidentally hits her head and when she wakes up, the impossible has happened: she can talk to animals and the animals can finally talk back!The first animal who speaks up is a ringed seal named Ringo who needs her help big time. What Ringo tells Sydney is alarming. Loss of habitat and global warming have pushed this ecosystem to the brink of collapse. What in the world does the seal expect Sydney to do about it? With just 72 hours before they leave the Arctic, the twins must put their squabbles aside to decipher Ringo’s clues, messages, and sea ice antics. When he leads them back to the elusive polar bear, Sydney realizes just how interconnected their lives really are. One depends on the other. And both are depending on her.

Because of Khalid
ISBN: 0990589587 OCLC: 1055286334

Tiger Stripe Publishing 2018

"Twelve-year-old Chris feels as if he is straddling two sides of a large trench. One foot is firmly planted back home, 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 [eastern] 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"--Page 4 of cover.