Please join Winnetka-based writer Carolyn Armstrong as we celebrate the release of her debut novel for young people, Because of Khalid, the story of a South-side Chicago boy who has to adapt to a new life in Africa. We recommend this book (and this free event) for ages 8 and up!
In Because of Khalid, Chris, a 12-year-old boy from from the Southside of Chicago, is having a hard time adjusting to his new life in the remote western Serengeti. He's moved 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.
Carolyn is a long-time friend of The Book Stall, and has strong ties to the area, having attended North Shore Country Day School! Learn more about her writing and publication process, and more about the novel. Carolyn will be happy to sign your book.
Can't make it to the event? Call us at 847-446-8880 and we can arrange to get you an autographed copy!
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.