'The year is 1875 and Thomas Elder of Beltana Station fits out explorer Ernest Giles' expedition to find a way across the desert. This story is told by Emmeline Elder's daughter and Taj an Afghan boy whose camel is thought too young and inexperienced to join the expedition until it saves the lives of Emmeline and Taj.' (Source: QUT Library Catalogue)
This work, like Hawke and Ingpen's Mustara, features the characters of Taj, Emmeline, and Mustara the camel.
This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because it contains an Afghan character.
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yTaj and the Great Camel TrekRosanne Hawke,
St Lucia:University of Queensland Press,2011Z17662882011single work children's fiction children's 'BELTANA SOUTH AUSTRALIA 1875 Twelve-year-old Taj and his camel Mustara are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. They are joining explorer Ernest Giles on his second attempt to cross the Australian Desert where wild dogs, scorpions, poisonous snakes and a constant shortage of water mean they are never far from disaster. As if things weren't tough enough, Taj, raised in the ways of the Afghan people, is struggling to find his place in this new and exciting land.' (Publisher's blurb)