The Animal Stars 3
by Jackie French
The story of the famous Burke and Wills expedition ... as it has never been told before.
The humans called him Bell Sing, but to the other camels he is known as He Who Spits Further Than the Wind. Transported from the mountains and deserts of the Northwest Frontier (present-day Pakistan and Afghanistan), Bell Sing accompanies explorers Burke and Wills as they try to cross Australia from south to north.
Bell Sing has never had a high opinion of humans - or horses. And this expedition is the worst managed caravan hes even been in. Camel handler Dost Mahomet and soldier John King are also beginning to wonder if their leader is competent, or crazy. Bell Sing can smell water over the sandhills on the horizon ... and freedom too. Can the expedition succeed? And who - if anyone - will survive?
This is the gritty and true story about one of the most extraordinary and iconic events in Australias history.
For 9+ year olds.
The Animal Stars 3: The Camel Who Crossed Australia (9780732285432) by Jackie French, Paperback, August 2008, HarperCollins