Book: The Great Empty by Anita Melillo
categories: Book, Contemporary Fiction, Literary Fiction, Teen, Young Adult, Australia, Outback, Adventure
Anita Melillo about this book: While on a family trip to Australia, a troublesome youth named Donovan sets off for some adventure of his own when he boards a bus to a Crocodile Farm. Pretty soon he discovers that he has taken on more than he had bargained for, with a mysterious stranger in pursuit, and an excursion that will inadvertently take him hundreds of miles deeper into the outback. One mishap after another leads to some perilous circumstances when he follows a trail to a waterfall.
Then as night sets in he finds himself alone in the dark and unprepared for what lies ahead. In the days to come, he eventually befriends an Aborigine boy, who is on a journey into manhood. Together they continue on this path where Donovan learns indigenous ways and mysterious ways of the Dreamtime. Before long however, the dark stranger returns and Donovan will have to use all the he has learned in order to survive the ordeals to come.., with his only hope of making it back to civilization again.
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