CAMEL RIDER BOOK
This book is about two different boys were are faced with the same problem. Neither of the boys Prue Mason's “Camel Rider” is one of those treats. The story. Adam and his family live in a compound with other foreigners who work in the Middle East. It seems like the only thing to do, but when he finds himself alone and friendless in the desert, Adam knows he's in real danger. But then he meets Walid, the camel rider. War has broken out in the Middle East and all foreigners are fleeing. Instead of escaping with his neighbors, Adam sneaks off to save his dog, which has been.
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Camel Rider. Front Cover. Prue Mason. Baker & Taylor, CATS, Jul 10, - pages. 5 Reviews. Two twelve-year-old expatriates living in the Middle East. Camel Rider book. Read 83 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. War has broken out in the Middle East and all foreigners are fleeing. I. Meanwhile, an Arab boy sold into slavery to become a camel rider has been left to die in the mountains by cruel masters displeased with his.
Walid, who had been sold by his mother, who hoped for something better for him, was left tied up in the mountains after accidentally causing the death of a camel. The alternating first-person voices, set off typographically, reveal the depth of the boys' cultural difference and their growing ability to communicate, understand, and respect one another. The harshness of the desert is clear, as is Adam's ignorance and unpreparedness.
Readers who may first identify with the fun-loving Adam will come to appreciate Walid's skills and determination, and may learn something about Muslim ways in the process. The suspense is sustained and the wildly improbably happy ending is very satisfying.
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Some readers may not appreciate the number of times "acting like a girl" is a derogatory phrase, but this is a solid survival adventure.
Kirkus Reviews First-novelist Mason makes an auspicious debut with this Australian import about two boys from disparate cultures who form a bond under harrowing circumstances.
Twelve-year-old Australian Adam, and his parents live in a housing compound for foreigners in a fictional Middle-Eastern country. When war breaks out suddenly, Adam is alone and must evacuate with neighbors.
He eludes them in a desperate effort to rescue his dog. Meanwhile, young "camel rider," or jockey, Walid is trussed and left to die in the mountains by his abusive owners.
How these two find each other and connect, making their way to safety despite daunting linguistic and cultural barriers and the forbidding desert and deadly heat, makes for a fast-paced, exciting read.
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The boys' respective dialogue and musings are initially defined by alternately told chapters and changes in fonts. Once they meet, subsequent chapters intersperse these fonts, emphasizing their misunderstanding of each other, sometimes to comical effect. Immediacy is achieved with first-person, present-tense narration.
Though the ending is pat and some characters aren't well defined, there's more than enough here to sustain interest and to open readers' eyes to a way of life they'll hardly believe actually exists. Library Media Connection, starred review How do two year-old boys survive in an Arabian desert with almost no water or food and no common language? With adventure, pluck, and lots of high-fives!
Both boys are expatriates living in the fictional Arab city of Abudai. Adam is from Australia; Walid came from Bangladesh. Walid's mother trusts two Arabs who promise to provide schooling for him, but instead they treat him cruelly and force him to ride camels in races.
The best part was the back and forth between Adam and Walid, neither understanding the other due to language and culture. Walid would say "this goat, we must kill it and then we will have food"; Adam responds "yeah, its a I finished reading this book because it was about the Middle East, war, children and learning to communicate.
Walid would say "this goat, we must kill it and then we will have food"; Adam responds "yeah, its a nice goat and will keep us company". Beyond that, the book was completely unrealistic, contrived and even possibly offensive, with American forces swooping in to save the day and bring Peace and Liberty back to a war-torn land.
Oct 06, Tyler Bosma rated it really liked it Read this book in English class.
It was great. The characters are funny. U should read now. Oct 05, Rekha M rated it really liked it It was a really good book that my class read in school.
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I definitely recommend it. The book is based on the issues of communication and how sometimes miscommunication can be good.
Have fun reading!At the same time, an Arabic boy sold into slavery makes a bad mistake and his owner leaves him out in the desert to die which really had made no sense, the owner could have sold him and regained some money, but whatever. In the midst of a short war in a country on the Arab peninsula, year-old Adam, an Australian expatriate who does not want to return home, and Walid, a camel rider from Bangladesh, manage to elude Walid's former employers and survive in the harsh desert, although they lack a common language or culture.
Some plot details seem scripted, such as when a milking goat suddenly appears as the boys are on the brink of starvation and when Walid's master gets hold of Adam's cell phone and learns there is a reward for the boy's recovery.
Oct 06, Tyler Bosma rated it really liked it Read this book in English class. I would not recommend this book. Cultural and language barriers are wide, but with ingenuity and determination the two boys bridge their differences, helping each other to survive and learn what true friendship is.
Fate brings the boys together in the middle of the desert, with little food, no water, and nothing in common except mistrust.
The author is Australian, and uses some Australian idioms that I had to get used to, but it didn't hinder my enjoyment of the story at all. Language Arts and Writing 3, The characters are funny.
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