With Taj And The Great Camel Trek, Kapunda author Rosanne Hawke has written a sure fire winner for the 9+ age group. Acknowledging the vital role camels played in the exploration of Australia, especially through country where water was and still is very scarce, fact and fiction combine to create an exhilarating account of the journey from Beltana in the mid north of South Australia to Perth, a distance of 4000 kilimetres, led by Ernest Giles in 1875. Twelve year old Taj, along with his father Padar, joins the exploration team to care for the camels, and this is his story. Exciting and, dare I say it, educational, I will be recommending it to all our younger readers.
Colleen from Raven's Parlour Bookshop, Tanunda SA.