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Taconi & Claude by Margot E. Finke
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Aug 16, 11

really liked it
Read in July, 2011

Set in the Australian outback in the 1950s, Taconi and Claude: Double Trouble takes you on a journey where you'll feel the aboriginal boy's two biggest fears: the ceremony that will initiate the 12 year old as a man of his tribe, and his concerns his dad, who's started cooking for Boss and Missus, won't have time to teach him how to become a man.

Taconi decides that only a tail feather from a blue kingfisher, like the medicine man has, can help him. And just maybe it will help him understand his dad's advice: "Aborigine man must know how to live in black skin and with white folks."

When Taconi goes walkabout to hunt for the talisman, accompanying him is a cockatoo named Claude whose one liners are as humorous as they are wise. Could it be that the Dreamtime spirits are talking through him? For it's not soon after that Taconi learns the real power is what's inside each of us, the power that lives within our head and our heart.

Filled with Australian slang, similes and settings, Taconi and Claude is a chance to glimpse an almost-forgotten way of life through a preteen's eyes. It's a mid-grade adventure filled with fun—and a dash of danger—that's just right for boys, tomboys and anyone interested in the outback.
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