Our Secret,Siri Aang by Cristina Kessler
(Aspca Henry Bergh Children's Book Awards (Awards))

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Twelve-year-old Namelok can't tell anyone about the mother black rhino and her baby that she found in the bush while collecting firewood for her Maasai tribe. She vows to protect them always, visit them often, and to keep them secret. But when her initiation into womanhood threatens her secret visits, Namelok must say goodbye to her precious animal friends. Before she can, though, she makes a horrifying discovery, one that sends her on a harrowing journey into the bush in a desperate search for poachers and the justice they deserve.

Cristina Kessler has written a powerful and authentic story of a young girl's love for a rhino mother and her baby, and of her courage to challenge tradition to defend them.


About Cristina Kessler

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Cristina is a freelance writer and photographer who has spent most of her adult life abroad. Her writing credits include a book, Lombok--Just Beyond Bali, and numerous features appearing in magazines. A 1972 graduate of San Luis Obispo State University, California, with a bachelor's in criminology, Cristina lists scuba diving, tennis, and Tai Chi among her favorite free-time activities.
Published January 1, 2015 by Philomel. 165 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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