by Prue Mason
Adam and his family are Australians living in a fancy compound in the Middle East. Walid is an abused boy who rides camels in the popular sport of camel racing. When war breaks out, Adam is separated from his family and Walid manages to escape the camel masters. The two meet while wandering lost in the desert and must work together to survive in spite of barriers in language and culture. This is a humorous and exciting desert adventure story that effectively addresses issues of prejudice, stereotypes, and the true meaning of friendship.