Taj and the Great Camel Trek  by Rosanne Hawke

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September 2011, no. 334

Taj and the Great Camel Trek  by Rosanne Hawke

Reviewed by
September 2011, no. 334

To make Ernest Giles’s trek across the scrub and desert of southern Australia interesting to younger readers, relate it through the eyes of a young protagonist. It was an inspired choice to invent Taj, twelve-year-old son of the historical figure Saleh Mohamed, Afghan cameleer, and an equally inspired choice to invent Taj’s beloved young camel, Mustara. The love and respect between camel and boy lie at the heart of the novel, and symbolise the expedition’s ultimate success.

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