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Camel Rider

3.35  ·  Rating Details  ·  305 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
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 left behind. Lost in the desert, Adam meets Walid, an abused camel boy who is on the run. Together they struggle to survive the elements and elude the revengeful master from whom Walid has fled. Cultural and language ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Charlesbridge (first published January 1st 2004)
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Set in an imaginary Arabic country, two boys, one Australian and one Bangladeshi, must try to survive in the desert during a war despite their different cultures and languages. The story is told in alternating first person voices of the two boys, distinguished by different fonts. It was amusing and interesting to see how their relationship evolves and how they learn to somewhat understand each other. I couldn't put this one down! It was very suspenseful. In fact, I read it in one sitting. I just ...more
Jul 27, 2008 Ryan rated it it was ok
I finished reading this book because it was about the Middle East, war, children and learning to communicate. Young adult literature about Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and even made-up places in the Middle East has the potential to be Important so I always try to read it.

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
Aug 28, 2014 Betty rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-read
This is a great novel for 10-12 years old. It tells the story of two boys, Adam from Australia and living in the middle east in a western compound, and Walid, a Pakistani boy who had been sold into slavery and lived as a camel rider. How the boys meet, and communicate despite not knowing each other's language makes a great story. The narrative flicks between the two characters, and each needs to overcome the prejudices they have about the other.
This book is highly engaging, and great place to s
R Macbeth
Aug 23, 2011 R Macbeth rated it it was ok
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Jun 21, 2016 Bec rated it liked it
3.75 stars.
Hari Behara
Oct 13, 2015 Hari Behara rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this short and fast paced book. It really opened my mind on how 2 boys with language barriers and culture differences can last together in a desert with nothing but themselves. They communicated and showed how necessary they were for each other. I am glad I read this book! it did have some problems though: the world building was weak and the character development wasn't thorough enough. Maybe that's just because I am more accustomed to reading longer books. On the whole this st ...more
Kathy Wawer
Mar 18, 2015 Kathy Wawer rated it really liked it
Shelves: survival
An English boy and an Arab boy are lost in the desert at the outbreak of war in an unnamed Middle East country. They have no common language and their cultures and upbringing are alien to each of them, yet they need to work together if they are to survive the deadly desert and evade kidnappers. Told in alternating points of view, the reader sees the same incidents from totally different perspectives. One example: They are both overjoyed to find a goat in the desert but Adam thinks it's going to ...more
Jun 05, 2014 Ally rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ally by: PRC
Shelves: highschool
Camel Rider is an amazing book.
The main character is forced to leave his home in Abudai with the other Australians, (view spoiler)There he meets Walid, an abused camel rider, and the two of them are forced to become friends. 

This book is a great story of friendship, cultural differences, and love. Overall this book is a great read, the plot may be difficult to grasp for children under 12
May 23, 2011 Andonis rated it really liked it
Camel Rider
Camel Rider is a great story about two boys called Ad-am and Walid. Ad-am is a survivor from war he was looking after himself when he escaped and went in to the mountains. 2-3 hours Ad-am saw a person tided up to a rock “it’s Walid”. Walid is Arabic and Ad-am is Australian, they both somehow communicated to each other in different languages. Ad-am and Walid both wanted to go back to Abudi were they live. Ad-am is going back to Abudi to save his dog Tara. Walid is a servant for people
Francesca Mellin
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Oct 30, 2011 Ihamilto rated it really liked it
This story shows you how two boys can get along when they don't even speak the same language. Adam the boy from Australia who is in Abudai with his mum and Walid the camel rider on the outskirt of Abudai live with Old Goat and Breath of Dog (who he is not related to). So Walid and Adam met in a mountain after Old Goat had left Walid to die and Adam who had left his friends family after having escaped the beginning of a war in Abudai to find his dog who is back at his house. But ends up on a moun ...more
Jack Green
Camel Rider is a story about two young boys and there journey of survival and friendship. It is set in a made up country in the middle east. One boy, Adam came from Australia and has moved to Abudai with his parents for work and they are of a higher wealth.. Walid the second boy comes from a completely different situation and moved to Abudai after his father died to get money and education and becomes a camel rider.

Physical Description
Walid is a skinny yet tall boy and for that reason is despis
Russel Taib
May 23, 2011 Russel Taib rated it really liked it
Camel Rider
This review my contain spoilers!

Camel Rider is a great story about two boys called Adam and Walid, which we learn late in the book what Walid’s real name is. The book starts with Adam running away because Abudai, the place he lives, has been bombed by a neighbouring country called Mafi. Then by walking around the desert, Adam meets Walid, the camel rider. Together they go on a extraordinary adventure to find their way back home, but at the same time, they are wanted by Breath of Dog,
David Lennon
Camel rider
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Camel rider was an action filled, exciting book!
I was amazed about what Adam and walid went through in the abudai deserts and still at the end of the book they came out a live at the end. I thought at the end they were going to be captured or be killed at the end the story fully changed around though. The action parts in the book were good like when they stole the car or when they were getting shot at from breath of dog and old goat. Some bits of the b
May 23, 2011 Ben rated it liked it
Camel rider - Prue mason
May contain spoilers. Camel rider is an interesting book about two boys, one of them is Adam and another character is Walid, there from different places. They start off meeting in the mountains and start a fight but throughout the book become friends. It all starts off when a war starts and Adam is forced to leave his dog behind, while he is escaping Abudai in a car he decides to escape the car and return to his dog because he loves his it too much. He only has one way ho
May 23, 2011 Shifan rated it did not like it
Camel Rider is a exciting book about a boy called Adam Mccourt who lived in a compound in Abudai. He ran away when was taken out without Tara, his dog because of that mean Mr. Hartliss. This book is really interesting because it explains survival, friendship & adventure. It can also show that if you met someone who speaks only a foreign language. The person they met who only speaks English, they try to communicate with each other. It’s a tough job but it can be a hard thing to do with others ...more
May 23, 2011 Jack added it
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Camel Rider
Camel Rider is an exciting story about an Australian boy called Adam who lives in the Arabian Gulf, a fiction place in the Middle East.
When a war breaks out and his mum is out he is left to go with another family and they don’t let his beloved dog go with him, so he tries to find a way to get back to his beloved dog Tara and save her. While the family that are taking him to safety stop off to get some gas he makes his escape up to the hot mountains of abu
Jack Richardson
My Review On Camel Rider

Warning: This may contain spoilers

Camel Rider is a great book to read. It has good information and text to read. Camel Rider was written by Prue Mason a lady with great talent while writing the book Camel Rider.

This book was published in 2004. As I was telling you about the book before this book was a story of adventure and two boys from different worlds. This book is a great adventure book Prue Mason travelled around the world to get information on this book.

The chara
May 23, 2011 Stuart rated it really liked it
Camel Rider is a book about two kids called Walid and Adam who are from totally different worlds. Then when Abudai starts getting bombed Adam runs away to save his dog and in a camel camp Walid gets blamed for the bombing by the leaders of the camp and they leave him do die in the desert but then Adam and Walid meet each other and they form a strange friendship, they are determined to reach their goal, but is the desert more determined to stop them?
I thought this was a g
internat librarian
I should preface this by explaining that I'm a K-12 school librarian, working at an international school in Abu Dhabi. This is a review I wrote for our school's computer catalog system.

Great: a story set in a fictional copy of the UAE. Not so great: almost everything else about this book. The first problem is the name of the central city – Abudai. It sounds like Abu Dhabi and Dubai mashed together, which is probably what it is. The main event is a near-impossible war, started by some imaginary
Jun 14, 2007 Susan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 4th grade-up
Shelves: booktalkers
I found this while browsing the new book shelf--very dangerous! Told from the perspective of an Australian boy who is living in the fictional Mid-Eastern country, Abudai. Adam is supposed to go to Australia to attend boarding school. To avoid the inevitable, Adam has hidden his passport in his father's flight bag and is left in the family home while his mom goes to Australia, waiting for his father to return home and give him what for. In the desert not far from Abudai, Walid is about to tend t ...more
William Smee
May 23, 2011 William Smee rated it really liked it
Camel Rider This may contain spoilers.
Camel Rider is a book about two friends called Walid and Adam. Who meet because a war breaks out and they find each other in the desert. Adam speaks only English and Walid speaks only Arabic but they somehow learn to understand each other.
I thought it was ok because some of the parts were a bit unbelievable. I learned how people from different cultures can get along even though they don’t speak the same language. They also do well to survive in the harsh des
Michelle Smith
Jul 05, 2016 Michelle Smith rated it it was ok
This is your standard middle school reader. The main characters, Walid and Adam, in misunderstanding together, are strong but the remainder fade into background. I did see what another reviewer mentioned about the racial stereotyping, and it isn't pleasant. The author uses the bigotry and ignorance of adults in the child's eye to push issues of race and intolerance forwards forcibly. Yeah, we get it. Kids can do subtlety too. The ending is all a bit too much. Too much.
Sarah Reynolds
Mar 31, 2014 Sarah Reynolds rated it it was ok
Although this book addressed friendship over cultural divides/differences, the book's representation of Walid was stereotypical and incomplete. At some point, he became a mere little flourish to Adam's main role, since alternation between voices appeared more and more uneven as the book progressed. Even Adam is an Australian boy who loves to surf...isn't that another commonly held stereotype about Aussies? The author is Australian, but I still think she could have strayed some more from that. Sh ...more
Aug 22, 2011 Eddy rated it liked it
This story is about two boys and the arbic desert.It is about how these two boys who are from completely different backgrounds who can not talk to each other manage to survive. Join them as they are get stuck between two kinds of danger one which they are running away from and the other which they are running towards. Face all this and more by opening this book and reading away in Camel Rider.

The main message about this book

I think the main message that is said through this book is never give u
This is a story of two boys from very different backgrounds thrown together in a survival situation in the Middle East. The author has created two fantastically believable characters (both young and inexperienced each in their own ways) who must cross a huge cultural/language gap in order to work together to survive. The plot at times is a bit predictable but is constantly kept fresh by the interaction and actions of the two heroes. The story maintains a cracking pace right to the end.

This would
Jan 19, 2016 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It can be annoying at the start but later on it becomes very lovely. I believe girls and boys can read it.
Connor Schmidt
Aug 18, 2011 Connor Schmidt rated it liked it
This book is about two boys from completly different backrounds and they both live in abudia in Arabia. One boy is called emir he is Arabian, he is poor and is a camel rider. The other boy is Adam he is an Australian living there, he is quiet wealthy. They Both are left behind in the middle of a dessert when a war brakes out. They do not speak each others language and are forced to fight for survival with each other, in some of the harshest environmens in the world. They encouter some of emir's ...more
Jun 12, 2016 Emily rated it liked it
Fictional story if two boys unable to communicate surviving in the Arabian Gulf
Sep 27, 2008 Barbara rated it it was ok
I had hoped for a lot more from this. Two boys - one a headstrong young Australian the other a badly mistreated camel rider, originally from Bangladesh, are lost in the desert outside of Abudai, a made up town. They must learn to communicate to save themselves but more important they must must learn to overcome their fear of the others' culture. The concept is timely. The survival adventure potentially exciting. The writing was fair. Too bad.

It will be good for children who need to read books o
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