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Because of Khalid

4.71  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  9 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 154 pages
Published August 1st 2018 by Tiger Stripe Publishing
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Ben Gartner
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a beautiful and moving story encompassing two years of a middle-schooler's experience in Tanzania, in the Serengeti National Park, while working with his parents at a resort for tourists. The descriptions were incredibly vivid and realistic and painted a picture in my mind's eye which are captured well by the beautiful cover art. The characters, especially Khalid, had substance and uniqueness. I believed every one of them was in fact a real person. They were handled sensitively too. I n ...more
John Kerastas
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A terrific middler-grade book that combines a culture clash with a close-up and personal view of illegal poaching. Set in Africa, the story gives insights into the Maasai culture as well. I also loved the great descriptions of the Serengeti.

Topical, informative and entertaining are three words that quickly come to mind when I think of this book.
Laurie Lohr
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Who doesn't want to experience Africa? Ms. Armstrong takes us there through the eyes of Chris, an American boy who arrives as an outsider, but comes to appreciate and love his new home through his relationship with a young Maasai warrior. Through authentic landscape, wild animal encounters, and a taste of Swahili vocabulary, readers feel as if they've personally stepped onto the plains of the Serengeti. Yet the best part of this book is how Chris takes action to save the elephants he cherishes f ...more
Robin Hann
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this middle grade title about Chris, an American boy thrust into an entirely new life in the Serengeti - a life that bears little resemblance to the one he left behind in Chicago. As Chris gains a foothold in the day-to-day experience in Africa and makes friends with a Maasai warrior, he becomes immersed in the fight against poachers to protect the local elephants, whom he has grown to love.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Because of Khalid is a perfect read for middle grades, but also very enjoyable for adults. The diverse characters add a depth that many books written for this target audience lack. It’s not just your typical adventure fiction. Because of Khalid ingeniously grabs you and gets you to think about an important issue that most of us have spent little to no time thinking about. Pick up a copy for yourself and any middle grader in your life, and be prepared for important issues to be discussed.
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read this book and learn about a subject we all need to invest our hearts and energy in stopping...the illegal poaching of elephant tusks.
This middle grade novel is very powerful and the character development makes the story so compelling and heartfelt…I care so much about what happens in Tanzania to these beloved, endangered elephants and understand the issue so much more. This novel sat in my head after I put it down each day I was reading it. The subject is important and should compel us to d
Bruce Williams
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Llewella Forgie
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Because of Khalid is about a Chicago boy living in an African safari tent camp. Wildlife is routinely outside his tent. He develops a friendship for a Maasai warrior. So cool. Clearly written, and different from the normal middle grade offerings.
Katelyn Droppers
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
❤️ This could be your new favorite book if you want to learn about life in a safari camp or are curious about poaching.
Main character: Chris (12/13)
Pages: 152
Guided Reading: NA
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Chris and his parents moved to the Serengeti to run a safari camp. Living in Tanzania is quite different than the life that Chris was used to in Chicago and the clash of the two cultures makes the transition interesting. He soon begins to love his routines at the safari camp, becomes friends with
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